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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.


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46 Total Routes


['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',14],['1 Star',11],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',3],['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 : 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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Featured Route For Grand Canyon National Park
SE Face route climbs the right leaning ramp that starts by the tree in the lower left and passes the wave roof in pitch two..

SE Face 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b C1 R  AZ : Northern Arizona : ... : Zoroaster Temple
This route is good, even without considering that its in the Grand Canyon, and of course the views... Rock quality is generally sound, but there are some solid but hollow blocks on pitch 3. Pitch 1. Boulder up a crack (5.10) to a traverse across blocks to the main corner. Continue up the easier corner to a sit down belay nook. 5.10, 120 feet.Pitch 2 Go up through the runout squeeze chimmney, layback around the roof to a tips crack crux then face climb above a bolt to the easier crack corner an...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

Photos of Grand Canyon National Park Slideshow Add Photo
Sunset at Grand Canyon.
Sunset at Grand Canyon.
The ultra-spectacular Havasu Falls.  This area should be on everyone's Life List!
The ultra-spectacular Havasu Falls. This area sho...
Bighorn near the trail. We were trying to find sport climbing routes...
Bighorn near the trail. We were trying to find spo...
Havasu Falls.  Worth the hike down.  Scan of a photo from sometime in the mid to later 90's, can't remember exactly when.
Havasu Falls. Worth the hike down. Scan of a pho...
Trail down from The North Rim. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Trail down from The North Rim.
Photo by Blitzo.
Looking north from the Medivac Wall.
Looking north from the Medivac Wall.
bouldering at deer creek
bouldering at deer creek
Mariposa lily, near Bass Creek.
Mariposa lily, near Bass Creek.
Bighorn in Grand Canyon.
Bighorn in Grand Canyon.
Evening photo from the north rim.
Evening photo from the north rim.
Resting on the edge. <br /> <br />by Bob Kerry
Resting on the edge.

by Bob Kerry
Ground Squirrel. <br />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 raft trip down the Grand Canyon. I found a pink tri cam as an anchor on top. Darn.
Thought I had an FA in Tuck Up Canyon during our r...
Grand Canyon from 30,000 feet, flying back from JT.  Wow.  April 08.
Grand Canyon from 30,000 feet, flying back from JT...
Grand Canyon. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Grand Canyon.
Photo by Blitzo.
The crumbling, exposed access to Howland's Butte. <br /> <br />by Bob Kerry
The crumbling, exposed access to Howland's Butte.
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Bob on Howland's on our "rest day" after climbing Angels' Gate. <br />11/01
Bob on Howland's on our "rest day" after climbing ...
don't worry, we didn't actually.
don't worry, we didn't actually.
GC with moon and snow.  January 2005.
GC with moon and snow. January 2005.
Desert Spiny Lizard. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Desert Spiny Lizard.
Photo by Blitzo.
N Rim
N Rim
Grand Canyon cactus.
Grand Canyon cactus.
Cliffs and moon-Grand Canyon. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Cliffs and moon-Grand Canyon.
Photo by Blitzo.
Climbers on Monument Pinnacle.
Climbers on Monument Pinnacle.
Modern Tourists take the mule train down the Bright Angel Trail. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Modern Tourists take the mule train down the Brigh...
From the South Rim
From the South Rim
Jeff on 1st pitch of "Doghouse." <br /> <br />by Bob Kerry
BETA PHOTO: Jeff on 1st pitch of "Doghouse."

by Bob Kerry
Warning sign on The Bright Angel Trail. <br />The hike isn't really that bad if you leave early enough, it's not to hot and you have plenty of beer. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Warning sign on The Bright Angel Trail.
The hike i...
Canyon Wall. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Canyon Wall.
Photo by Blitzo.
heading toward the N Rim
heading toward the N Rim
From the South Rim
From the South Rim
ascending the N Rim on the N Kaibab trail
ascending the N Rim on the N Kaibab trail
Grand Canyon. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Grand Canyon.
Photo by Blitzo.
first light descending the S Rim
first light descending the S Rim
Grand Canyon sunrise.
Grand Canyon sunrise.
N Kaibab again
N Kaibab again
Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon, March 09.  Wow.
The Grand Canyon, March 09. Wow.
canyon floor, N Kaibab trail
canyon floor, N Kaibab trail
Panoramic from along the rim trail to the east of Grand Canyon Village.  March '09.
Panoramic from along the rim trail to the east of ...
spring in the canyon
spring in the canyon
Looking upstream at grapevine buttress,  V 5.10 A4, Grand Canyon, AZ. Taken in Jan, 2009, It was cold
BETA PHOTO: Looking upstream at grapevine buttress, V 5.10 A4...
peep sadness from thinking about the long climb up the N Rim
peep sadness from thinking about the long climb up...
amazing trail building
amazing trail building
Anasazi dwellings at the Colorado River, near Phantom Ranch.  April 2004.
Anasazi dwellings at the Colorado River, near Phan...
descending back down the N Rim on my r2r2r death march
descending back down the N Rim on my r2r2r death m...
Howland's Butte from Angels' Gate (Zoro on the right.). <br /> <br />by Bob Kerry  11/01
Howland's Butte from Angels' Gate (Zoro on the rig...
All Along The Watchtower!!!
All Along The Watchtower!!!
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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
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.php?site=fgz&smap=1&textField1>>>

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. www.adventure-journal.com/2012/02/at-long-last-grand-canyon->>>

By Ryan Myers
From: Tempe, Arizona
Nov 10, 2012

Are there any established routes in between Glen Canyon Dam and Lees Ferry?

By Osprey
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.