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Grand Canyon National Park  


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Description 

The Grand Canyon is Arizona's inverted mountain range. There are plenty of peaks down on the canyon that can be climbed by non-technical means, but there are also a lot of technical routes up the various temples, mostly featuring soft sandstone and lots of excitement. Note that any sort of exploring you do in the depths of the Big Ditch should be considered an adventure. Take plenty of water and be prepared to self-rescue!

Getting There 

Big long ditchlike hole across northern Arizona. Can't miss it.

Climbing Season



Weather station 10.4 miles from here

47 Total Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',14],['2 Stars',14],['1 Star',11],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',4],['5.7',5],['5.8',4],['5.9',4],['5.10',14],['5.11',10],['5.12',3],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',2],['V2-3',1],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Grand Canyon National Park:
South Face   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   Mount Hayden
NE Arete   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 6 pitches, 600'   Zoroaster Temple
North Face   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a C1     Trad, Aid, 4 pitches, 250'   Monument Creek Pinnacle
Southwest Ridge, Comanche Point   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b R     Sport, 12 pitches, 2800'   Comanche Ridge (NW Ridge of...
Pegasus   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 350'   Mount Hayden
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This is us on Mt Hayden, as seen from Point Imperi...

South Face 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  AZ : Northern Arizona : ... : Mount Hayden
Lots and lots of people have seen pictures of Mt. Hayden and wondered where that cool peak is located and if it's climbable. It's a great climb in an incredible location!!!The peak is located (and easily seen) off the north rim of the Grand Canyon from Point Imperial. The approach (and hike back out) is the crux of the day, but the South Face route is pretty mellow and the summit is five-star!Get a copy of Grand Canyon Summits by the Tomasi brothers for more information!...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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Sunset at Grand Canyon.
Sunset at Grand Canyon.
The ultra-spectacular Havasu Falls.  This area sho...
The ultra-spectacular Havasu Falls. This area sho...
Looking north from the Medivac Wall.
Looking north from the Medivac Wall.
Bighorn near the trail. We were trying to find spo...
Bighorn near the trail. We were trying to find spo...
Trail down from The North Rim. Photo by Blitzo.
Trail down from The North Rim. Photo by Blitzo.
Havasu Falls.  Worth the hike down.  Scan of a pho...
Havasu Falls. Worth the hike down. Scan of a pho...
bouldering at deer creek
bouldering at deer creek
Mariposa lily, near Bass Creek.
Mariposa lily, near Bass Creek.
Evening photo from the north rim.
Evening photo from the north rim.
Resting on the edge.  by Bob Kerry
Resting on the edge. by Bob Kerry
Bighorn in Grand Canyon.
Bighorn in Grand Canyon.
Ground Squirrel. Photo by Blitzo.
Ground Squirrel. Photo by Blitzo.
Grand Canyon sunrise
Grand Canyon sunrise
Grand Canyon at sunset
Grand Canyon at sunset
Thought I had an FA in Tuck Up Canyon during our r...
Thought I had an FA in Tuck Up Canyon during our r...
Grand Canyon. Photo by Blitzo.
Grand Canyon. Photo by Blitzo.
Grand Canyon from 30,000 feet, flying back from JT...
Grand Canyon from 30,000 feet, flying back from JT...
ascending the N Rim on the N Kaibab trail
ascending the N Rim on the N Kaibab trail
Warning sign on The Bright Angel Trail. The hike i...
Warning sign on The Bright Angel Trail. The hike i...
Jeff on 1st pitch of "Doghouse."  by Bob...
BETA PHOTO: Jeff on 1st pitch of "Doghouse." by Bob...
heading toward the N Rim
heading toward the N Rim
Desert Spiny Lizard. Photo by Blitzo.
Desert Spiny Lizard. Photo by Blitzo.
N Rim
N Rim
From the South Rim
From the South Rim

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By George Bell
From: Boulder, CO
Feb 18, 2007
I was once stung by a scorpion in the hand while sleeping in the bottom of the Grand Canyon. I don't know for sure it was a scorpion as I never saw it, but I don't think anything else can make your whole hand go completely numb for 3 weeks. Plus there was no evidence of a puncture as with a spider bite. I found out later that my symptoms matched perfectly the sting of a "lethal scorpion", which is almost never lethal unless you weigh less than 30 lbs (kids under 3).

Anyway, be careful and never sleep out on the sand without a ground tarp.
By Pete Hickman
From: Tacoma, WA
Nov 20, 2007
Is it possible to get a guidebook for climbs in the GC? It appears that there once was a book called Grand Canyon Summits Select or something like that but I can only find one mention of it on the internet and no mention of if or how it might be available.
By Woodchuck ATC
Jun 7, 2011
Are there really that many doable climbs to consider in the Grand Canyon? Besides Mt Hayden and Zoroaster Temple, I'm guessing there isn't much to access for a short day of climbing. No sport routes I presume, and lengthy hot approach hikes. Opressive heat from late May to Sept. for sure. So why would someone make this a destination for climbing, as a recent post shows this week. I'm clueless and don't see much route info here at MP yet.
By Osprey Overhang
From: ...
Jun 8, 2011
For sport climbs, check out the Bright Angel Walls. I've only posted a few routes there, but there's probably 50 or so in that area. There are more sport areas, as a limestone band can be found on the top layer of the rim.

Yes, it can be too hot for much of the climbs that demand long approach hikes in the summer. There really are countless climbs that fall into this catagory.

If you really are interested, check out Grand Canyon Summits Select by Pernell Tomasi. It can be found on-line.

Most of the climbs here are adventure climbs. These appeal less and less to many of the continually growing climbing communities, and may explain the lack of listings here on Mountain Project.

A perfect day here is awesome.

Weather link for the Grand Canyon, AZ: forecast.weather.gov/MapClick....
By azclimbingrocks
Jun 9, 2011
Nope, there are no doable climbs in that ditch other than the std route up Zoro. Flagstaff never put out any good climbers who would go up there, too far to drive and the rangers were too busy working. And there's only a few hundred miles of cliff bands & summits so there's no reason to think that there would be anything worth doing.

(psst, Mark, last I'd heard, there were 3 developed areas back when David was a BC ranger but that was 10+ yrs ago...)
By JJ Schlick
Administrator
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Feb 7, 2012
Grand Canyon National Park has just placed a ban on commercial plastic water bottles. Check it out. adventure-journal.com/2012/02/...
By Ryan Myers
From: Tempe, Arizona
Nov 10, 2012
Are there any established routes in between Glen Canyon Dam and Lees Ferry?
By Osprey Overhang
From: ...
May 28, 2013
Water in gallon jugs are still for sale in the park. If you need bottled water in smaller containers, try the stores in the border communities. There are now water refilling stations throughout the park and even a filtered refilling station inside the General Store. Arizona state law requires every business to have free water available to anyone who asks for it.