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Hard Rock  

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Hard Rock is a great area, with possibly the largest variety of grades and excellent crag positioning. Hard Rock is great almost all year for people of all experience levels. Hard Rock is home to American Fork's easiest routes, 5.6 and 5.7, but the majority of the climbs are in the 5.11-5.12 range.

This is a terrific and fun crag to learn how to lead climb/belay. Hard Rock faces west and south-west, getting good shade in the morning and a lot of sun from the afternoon on.

A stick clip is handy for some of the harder routes

Getting There 

To reach the crag head up 1.7 miles up from the monument flagpole, a bit past Little Mill campground. You can park on the north side, in a pay area, or on the south side in the small pull off. Locate the faint tail on the north side of the road and hike up about five minutes following a stream drainage. It takes about five minute to get to the start of the crag, which continues right and wraps around the corner.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.4 miles from here

31 Total Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',13],['2 Stars',15],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Hard Rock:
Late for Dinner   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Rockapella   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   
Stoic Calculus   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   
Vaporous Apparition   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Winds of Fire   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Platinum Blonde   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Many Options   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Emotional Geometry   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
Punch the Clock   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   
Unknown Roof Crack   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Firstborn   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
Unknown 5.10c   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Primal Magic   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Suicide Blonde   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Juggernaut   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Eight to Eleven   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 2 pitches, 100'   
Teeanova   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Dreadlocks   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Beehive   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Juggernaut Roof   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
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Featured Route For Hard Rock
Picture of Winds of Fire from belayer's POV.

Winds of Fire 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  UT : Wasatch Range : ... : Hard Rock
A long, mostly not-quite-vertical route on pockets and jugs, with two small roofs to pull through.The rock is mostly solid, although there are hollow-sounding areas throughout most of the route. The psychological crux is the first, slightly intimidating roof (and that's probably the technical crux as well).All in all, a fun climb, and long for a single-pitch sport route.Take care while lowering or rappelling as a 60m rope is just barely long enough (with no stretch)....[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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The Hard Rock South Wall 18 Eight to Eleven 5.11b/...
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The Hard Rock, South West Face 15 Treehugger 5.10b...
BETA PHOTO: The Hard Rock, South West Face 15 Treehugger 5.10b...
dave on the route to the left of stoic... what is ...
dave on the route to the left of stoic... what is ...
Unknown climber on Hard Rock. Route is either Beeh...
Unknown climber on Hard Rock. Route is either Beeh...
The Hard Rock Area.
BETA PHOTO: The Hard Rock Area.
dave climbing hailey on belay at Hard Rock
dave climbing hailey on belay at Hard Rock
22 Winds of Fire 5.10
BETA PHOTO: 22 Winds of Fire 5.10
me on a 5.8 (im told) left of Stoic Calculus...
me on a 5.8 (im told) left of Stoic Calculus...

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By Price
From: SLC, UT
Dec 1, 2008
A couple things:

The north side, or the picnic area is not a pay area. If you paid to get into the canyon, you're already good.

The best way to get to the crag is usually to head up, west, through the picnic area. At the last picnic table, you'll see a trail that continues west. Follow that trail until it hits the trail going up north to the cliffs.

Enjoy spectacular moderate sport routes.
By Daniel_L
From: Orem, UT
Jul 7, 2011
The comment above should be added to the how to get there area. I had a really hard time finding the trail because I didn't see the comment before I went out. But if you follow Price's advice it'll get you exactly where you are trying to go.
By Connor England
From: Tooele, Utah
Aug 11, 2012
Morning here is completely shady. Routes are getting pretty greasy though...
By Garrett C
From: SL,UT
Aug 5, 2013
Much easier way to find this wall is to head to the 12 mile marker. Trail is about 30 feet west of it on the north side of the road.
By paaul
Aug 13, 2013
I found a blue Ovo helmet as well as a pair of purple Mad Rock shoes size 12.5 US at the base of the wall. Two gentlemen left them i believe whose names i don't remember. Please let me know if you've lost them. I have them and will gladly return them to you.
By Trevor Paskett
From: Provo, Utah
Mar 26, 2014
Price's comment is great, but it's SLIGHTLY wrong. He says to head "UP WEST" through the picnic area. Up canyon in AF Canyon is generally EAST, and that seems to be the case here. I went to the westernmost table and found nothing. Go EAST. Or even better, go UP canyon, not down.
By J Marsella
From: Berthoud, CO
Aug 12, 2014
To add to Garrett's comment: there is a 1-2 car pullout just (ie, 20 ft) west / down-canyon from the mm 12 sign. The trail you want is across from that pullout, and is a nice maintained trail... If you go up-canyon instead, there is another trail about 30ft up from the 12 sign which leads to one bolted route and eventually to Hard Rock, but it is extremely loose and probably dangerous.
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