Fingertips will beg for a respite after a sesh on the Traverse Wall located on the backside of Table Rock. Visible from nearly every corner of town, this mesa-like geological feature, topped with an illuminated, (and somewhat controversial) cross is an unmistakable landmark. Two trails provide entry at either end of the traverse; one at the top of the road just as it opens into the parking lot, and the other, partway down the Table Rock Loop Trail.
What Makes It Great
Choose your starting point and work your way towards the opposite end. From smeary, frictiony tests of balance to sharp crimpers requiring breathless body tension to overhanging jugs, the Traverse Wall will leave your forearms screaming. Distinct features make it easy to break the wall into smaller projects for linking together after stamina and strength have been built. Sources claim it is 60’ or 100’ – either way we look at it, we think its awesomely long. Being on the northeast side of Table Rock, it is relatively easy to chase or avoid the sun depending on the season and whether you are looking for heat or for cooler temps.
In the summertime, plan accordingly and bring snacks for after. Once you’re arms are pumped, walk back up to top of the mesa and down the southwest side for a distant but great view of Outlaw Field. Headlining summer concerts held at Outlaw Field can be easily heard from Table Rock, but being outside the venue, cost the grand ol’price of free. Set up your bouldering pad as your seat and settle in for an evening concert under the stars.
Who is Going to Love It
This route is a true test of your forearms, whether it is 60' or 100'!
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Look for the book, “Boise Climbs”, by Sandy Epeldi for additional beta on bouldering in this area and climbs at the other few crags near Boise.