The climbing at Ririe Reservoir takes place on a short, basalt cliff overlooking the reservoir. A fun place to hang out in the summer, climbers can cool themselves off with a quick dip in the nearby water. The routes are all top-rope only. Long pieces of webbing are recommended for use as anchors. Use the steel poles cemented into the top of the cliff to set up anchors for routes 4 through 6. A 60-meter rope can be set up on two, side-by-side routes.

  • Type of climbing: Toprope only
  • Number of routes: 13
  • Difficulty range: 5.6 – 5.10b
  • Type of rock: Basalt
  • Season: Spring through Fall
  • Camping: Yes
  • Guidebook: Sweet Spots of Eastern Idaho, by Jerry Painter and Matt TeNgaio

Getting There

From Idaho Falls, drive east on U.S. Highway 26 for about 14 miles and turn right at the Ririe Reservoir sign onto Meadow Creek Road. Continue for about 3 miles and turn right at the entrance. Go straight past the stop sign, turn right into the parking area. There is a trail to the south of the cliff that descends to the base of the cliff.


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