Thursday, July 17, 2008

The Black Cliffs

This is the western edge of the Black Cliffs above the Boise River - some call this area the Lucky Peak Canyon, as it leads to Lucky Peak Reservoir. The north side (left side in this picture) is popular with rock climbers. Once, in what seems like a previous life, a friend took me climbing in full gear. We did a couple of easy ascents that felt extra challenging because the temperature against those rocks was like an oven blast. I'm sure it's like that right now. I only saw a couple of climbers this week when I was in this area of town. Some areas of the cliffs have posted buffer zones because birds of prey call the cliffs "home," and I think most climbing is prohibited in the spring during nesting season - and when the temperatures are probably the nicest. The Oregon Trail runs very near the spot where I was standing when I took the picture.


  1. Very beautiful scenery. I dont think I would go rock climbing though. I would watch.

  2. Well Boise Diva, I am impressed! I can't imagine going rock climbing, especially after watching it done on TV. I'm sure it was a rewarding accomplishment. Thanks for a great shot and info. If the Oregon Trail could talk...

  3. Beautiful!
    It looks so much like areas of Eastern Oregon where we use to explore when I was a child.

    My daughter thinks it looks like the Lewiston area.
    I wonder how many snakes live under the sage brush bushes?

    The rock climbing sounds like fun.

  4. I am embarassed to say I lived in Pocatello for the first 12 years of my life and never visited Boise--so I am enjoying your blob.

  5. Hi Barbara...well, Poky is quite a ways away from Boise, so I understand. I actually grew up in a small town about 60 miles north of Boise and rarely ever went to Boise until I moved here for college/work.


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