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.
|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.
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NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name
There are 5 trip reports for Chimney Rock.
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- Log #16551 - by Staci Sommer on July 24, 2003Wow! 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, 2003This 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, 2003awesome 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, 2002Breathtaking 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, 2001Many pleasant climbs with good friends and family - Moni and Tanya Spicker, Paul Bishop, Paul Harper, and Jim Spearman.