Cerberus Gendarme Rock Climbing
Killer view, looking out from the Cerberus Gendarm...
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The Cerberus Gendarme formation is on the east side of Zion Canyon - no need to cross the river!
The main attraction is the 8-pitch Touchstone Wall
(IV 5.9 C2), a relatively short, but slightly harder wall in comparison to Moonlight Buttress
. The route is a good choice for a first big wall venture, as the route goes straight up and retreat, if necessary, is straightforward (as opposed to Spaceshot
past pitch 4).
Take the shuttle to the Big Bend stop (as for Prodigal Sun
, Moonlight Buttress
). The Cerberus Gendarme
lies directly across the river from Moonlight Buttress
. From the shuttle stop, backtrack the road for a couple hundred yards to the climbers' access trail. Look for the posted trail markers and please use them as to prevent unnecessary erosion! Approach time: 5 minutes.
Weather station 3.9 miles from here
15 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',1]
Classic Climbing Routes in Cerberus Gendarme
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Cerberus Gendarme:
Cave Route 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
Intruder 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad, 1 pitch, 65'
Electrica 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
PG13 Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 130'
Dire Wolf 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Featured Route For Cerberus Gendarme
Cynthia's Hand Job 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b UT
: Zion National Park
: Cerberus Gendarme
This fun route is a great way to finish up a day of cragging. It sees less action than the routes around the corner.The first pitch is varied and ends at a bolted rap station on the edge of a brushy terrace.The second pitch climbs the beautiful open book above. Mostly hands with some variety including a fist/OW section. It ends at a bolted rap station. Rap the route with two 60m ropes or one 70m....[more] Browse More Classics in UT
Latest Regional Forum Messages
BETA PHOTO: Cerberus Gendarme showing access trail and Touchst...
By Will Cobb
From: Flagstaff, AZ
May 25, 2005
My partner and I climbed a couple of the base routes on Cerberus a few days ago. We felt that they were of very high quality. We climbed Cherry Crack to the first anchor and Fails of Power to it's first anchor. Both routes were great and the other lines in this area look awesome too. If you have a little extra time in the park I would highly suggest getting on some of these lines.
Jun 9, 2009
There is an access trail that is only 50 paces, not several hundred yards from the shuttle stop. The access sign is not visible from the road, but a short way in. The use trail splits there. Go left for Cave Route and No Holds Barred. Further down the road (a few hundred yards), there is an access sign at the road. There is a maze of use trails there and much erosion. For these routes, it is probably better to use the first trail and go right at the split.
By Jon O'Brien
Jan 9, 2012
can anyone comment on sun at this time( mid-winter) ? when does it come and go? trying to plan a trip for next week and wondering...