For rock climbing in Boise, enthusiasts don’t have to go far from downtown to get a workout. Table Rock looms over the city and is a short drive away, and can also be accessed by a three-mile hike on the Boise Foothill Trails leading from the Old Pen. The trail is steep and will offer a workout before hitting the rock.
Table Rock has more than 50 climbing routes, plus plenty of bouldering near the Old Quarry. (For more detailed information, check out the book Boise Climbs by Sandy Epeldi.) A bit farther away is the Black Cliffs, just a few miles east of Boise off Idaho Highway 21. The cliffs, which offer rock climbing on basalt columns almost year around, are laced with dozens of established routes, especially on the north side of the highway and Boise River.
Climbing at the Cliffs picks up in February through late May. Summer heat on the black rocks makes it difficult, except in early mornings.
Groups: Idaho Mountain TouringAsana Climbing Gym
Retailers: REI Idaho Mountain TouringBenchmark Adventures