Chimney Rock

Elevation: 7,124 ft
Prominence: 184

Climbing information for this peak is found on pages 40 to 43. Also see the 1972 Off-Belay magazine article by Ron Klimko for the climbing history for Chimney Rock


Chimney Rock is one of Idaho’s most distinctive summits. I climbed it in 1984 and met Everest climber Jim States of Spokane when he passed me as he roared up the Standard route. The peak is popular with Spokane climbers and will be covered with climbers on Summer weekends. All routes to the summit are technical. The Climbing Guide has a lot of information on the pioneering climbing efforts on pages 40-43.

There are six routes set forth in the book and at least another two dozen routes and/or route variations on this spectacular peak. The West Face standard route is rated YDS 5.3. It is an exposed but not too difficult climb for experienced technical climbers. If you want a more challenging route, you will have lots of lines to choose from. A rock fall event in 2012 destroyed a number of east face routes. Use the SummitPost link below for additional information on routes not found in the book and on the destroyed routes.

Chimney Rock from Mount Roothan.

Chimney Rock from Mount Roothan.

I believe most people access the peak from the west. The western approach is found in the book. I recently received an updated description of the eastern approach but I have not used it.

East Side Access

Take US-2/95 north from Sandpoint for 10 miles and turn west on the Pack River Rd, FS-231. Follow this road for 17.1 miles to a junction, FS-2653, and turn left onto FS-2653. This road leads south and then west up the Chimney Creek drainage. Like much of Idaho’s Selkirk access routes, the trail is an old logging road and little or no maintenance can be expected. I am told that when the trail tread becomes obscure you can find cairns to direct you through meadows and across exposed granite.

USGS Topo: Mount Roothaan

The standard route starts at this point on the west face.

The standard route starts at this point on the west face.

The Standard Route climbs up from bottom center to the top center of this photo.

The Standard Route climbs from the bottom center to the top center of this photo.

Even in 1984, early in the morning, the standard route can get congested. This shot is at the first belay point showing one team passing another team.

Even in 1984, early in the morning, the standard route can get congested. This shot is at the first belay station showing one team passing another team.

The Standard Route.

The Standard Route, the second pitch.

This photo shows the Rappel Chimney. Route (2) in the book.

This photo shows the Rappel Chimney. Route (2) in the book.

Chimney Rock from the south.

Chimney Rock from the south.

 

Mountain Range: Selkirk Mountains

Year Climbed: 1984

First Ascent Information:

  • First Ascent Year: 1934
  • Season: Summer
  • Route: Standard Route
  • Party: J Carey, M Chamberlain, F. Thieme and B Ward
  • Other First Ascent: First winter ascent.
  • Year:
  • Season: Winter
  • Party: Chris Copczynski and W Parks.

Longitude: -116.69779   Latitude: 48.61879

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