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Black Cliffs, Idaho Update


by Editor

March 24, 2005

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The Boise Climbers Alliance is pleased to report that we've completed our trail project at the Black Cliffs, popular crags with more than 350 established sport and trad routes just 10 minutes drive from downtown Boise. Volunteers helped reconstruct heavily eroded access trails and build sections of new trail in several areas, install signage and markers to help identify trails, and repair damage from erosion. Also, a contractor was hired to install a gate blocking access to a jeep road to the Short Cliffs where severe erosion problems had developed because of vehicles using it, and to build and install two information kiosks along the busier access trails. The kiosks will inform climbers about the BCA, The Access Fund, the AAC, and the BCA's voluntary closure of specific areas of the Black Cliffs during the spring nesting season for golden eagles and prairie falcons.

The work was funded by a $3,000 grant from The Access Fund and a $1,000 grant from The American Alpine Club. The BCA thanks both organizations for their support.

The BCA also recently installed signs indicating areas under voluntary closure during the spring nesting season for federally protected golden eagles and prairie falcons. Signs will remain up until early April in all areas where nests have historically been established (including Nixon Head, Scary Canyon, Wailing Wall, Highway Face, Face Canyon, and the very back of Car Body Canyon). In April, signs will be removed from areas where no nests have been established this year, and remain up near established nests until the end of June.

Areas not affected by the voluntary closure, and which remain open to climbing, include: the East and West sides of Car Body Canyon, the Short, Mid, and Tall Cliffs, The Fringe, and Populace Wall. These areas contain the majority of the most popular routes at the Black Cliffs. For more information, see

News courtesy of the Access Fund.

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