|Grand Canyon National Park
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!
Big long ditchlike hole across northern Arizona. Can't miss it.
46 Total Routes
['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',14],['1 Star',11],['Bomb',1]
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Grand Canyon National Park:
Featured Route For Grand Canyon National Park
Screaming Sky Crack 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
: Northern Arizona
: ... : Zoroaster Temple
This route climbs a trio of very nice clean cracks on the front of the NE Arete. If you like hand and fist cracks, this is for you. Pitches 2 and 4 are very striking splitters.Pitch 1: Climb a short pillar to a ledge, traverse the roof into the hand and fist crack. Belay on a pedestal. 5.10, 120 feet.Pitch 2: Traverse into the nice crack climbing fingers to hands to fists, pass an overhang and up a wide crack to a ledge. 5.9, 110 feetPitch 3: Pass go, collect 200 feet. Belay at the base of ...[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
Local Information for Grand Canyon National Park
Latest Regional Forum Messages
|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.
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.php?site=fgz&smap=1&textField1>>>
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 Ryan Myers|
From: Tempe, Arizona
Nov 10, 2012
Are there any established routes in between Glen Canyon Dam and Lees Ferry?
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.