Sun Valley Idaho Rock Climbing

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Rock Climbing

Come to the Sun Valley area and find many opportunities for mountain climbing.

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  • The Sawtooth National Forest has thousand of miles of hiking trails, and sheer granite peaks.
  • Hyndman Peak is the 9th highest peak in Idaho and a member of the Idaho 12ers, of which it is the easiest to climb.
  • Rental equipment and licensed guides are available.

Overview

Hiking and backpacking trips, rock climbing and mountaineering can take you to the top of a ten thousand foot peak or to an awe-inspiring clear cold-water lake. Be able to view wildlife in their natural habitat and enjoy fantastic views in every direction.

The Sawtooth National Forest in the Sun Valley area has over a thousand miles of hiking trails, sheer granite peaks, and some backcountry cabins where you can rest from the day.

Climbing is not just a summer sport. Travel to Sun Valley in the winter and not only enjoy fantastic skiing, but take a turn at some of the ice climbing in the area. Cross-country skiing is also a form of hiking and/or mountaineering in the winter months.

Where to go mountain climbing

There are a multitude of trails and mountain peaks to pick from. Local information can be obtained at the Sawtooth National Recreation Headquarters or any of the local businesses dealing in mountaineering gear.

The following are just a few examples of climbing areas near by:

  • Mount Borah
    One of the most climbed mountains in Idaho, Mount Borah is a moderate 5,262 foot climb which you can do in just a day. No climbing equipment needed here. Just a will to keep going.
  • Goat Mountain
    Goat Mountain is an outstanding peak that rests in the heart of the Pioneer Range on the main crest and at the headwaters of Kane Creek. It has two, twin summits that are within two-tenths of a mile of each other. The northern summit is the highest and referred to by locals as Kane Peak.
  • Hyndman Peak
    Hyndman Peak is the 9th highest peak in Idaho and a member of the Idaho 12ers, of which it is the easiest to climb. Still, it requires a 5,000-foot and 12-mile effort to ascend.
  • Meridian Peak
    Meridian Peak is located in central Idaho's Boulder Mountains on the northeastern fringes of the largest peaks in the range. It is a large, triple summit mountain in shape of a giant L.
  • McIntyre Peak
    McIntyre Peak is located in the Pioneer Mountains of central Idaho. McIntyre Peak is another of the impressive Pioneer Mountains located along a high divide.

Guided Tours & Rentals

Try out your expertise in the backcountry on untamed mountaintops, or take a leisurely hike along meandering mountain streams. Rental equipment and licensed guides are available to enhance the climbing experience and make it safe and enjoyable.

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Other Rock Climbing Resources

The American Alpine Club

This club offers instruction, guiding services, and information on local climbs.

Outward Bound - Mountaineering

Learn how to climb, camp, and survive in the wild with other young adults at Outward Bound.