Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock is a spectacular granite tower located about six miles due east of the Indian Creek Campground on Priest Lake in northern Idaho. The tower is triangular in shape with a narrow north face and relatively wide east and west faces. The west face is 300 to 350 feet high and has a broken blocky appearance with many vertical crack systems. The west face is 400 to 450 feet high with a much less broken appearance and an overhang of about 15 feet at the top. The north face is shady and dark with much lichen on the rock. The summit is flat and spacious.

There are more than 35 routes on Chimney Rock ranging from the first ascent route on the west face at 5.3 to extremely difficult sport climbs.

Elevation (feet): 7,124
Elevation (meters): 2,171
Continent: North America
Country: United States
State: Idaho
Latitude: 48.6167
Longitude: -116.7
Difficulty: Technical Climb
Best months for climbing: Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1934
First successful climber(s): John Carey, Mart Chamberlain, Fred Theime, Byron Ward
Nearest major airport: Spokane, WA
Convenient Center: Priest River, Idaho

Thanks to Fred Spicker for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 5 trip reports for Chimney Rock.

Select any entry from the list below:

  • Log #16551 - by Staci Sommer on July 24, 2003
    Wow! What an amazing climb! We did the rappel chimney on the west face and it was amazing! My first big wall. When you reach the summit, it's as though you and your climbing friends are the only...
  • Log #16552 - by Mark on July 18, 2003
    This is a great climb. Anything you want to climb from 5.3 to 5.11, you choose your level of pain. Unbelievable views from the top.
  • Log #16553 - by cory lindholm on Apr 24, 2003
    awesome climb I accended the west face basic route and it kicked ass just make shure that you keep your rope out of cracks when you rapp down. we got our rope stuck at the 2nd raapp station when we...
  • Log #16554 - by Thomas A. Smith on Dec 13, 2002
    Breathtaking views, Summited with Larry Peterman and Robert Stone via the "it aint hay" route 5.9 great climb.
  • Log #16555 - by Fred Spicker on June 11, 2001
    Many pleasant climbs with good friends and family - Moni and Tanya Spicker, Paul Bishop, Paul Harper, and Jim Spearman.