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Description 

The routes in this area are those accessed by traveling on the footpath in Maple Canyon’s Middle Fork.

Getting There 

The Middle Fork trail starts at the rightward bend in the road near a large information sign with photographs (not the pay area sign) and near parking for several vehicles and heads west (the same direction as the road before the bend) past two campsites on the right.

Climbing Season



Weather station 5.8 miles from here

22 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',1],['5.8',2],['5.9',5],['5.10',8],['5.11',4],['5.12',2],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['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 Middle Fork:
The Great Chasm   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 3 pitches, 300'   The Great Chasm
Slamfire   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 4 pitches, 300'   Armory, The
Warm & Soapy Lather   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 50'   Lou's Tavern
Grease & Grime   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 60'   Grease & Grime Wall
Sound the Klaxon   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   The Matrix
Twelve Tasty Donuts   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   The Matrix
Amenema   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport   The Matrix
American Dream   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   The Matrix
Amplification   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   The Hot Zone
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Featured Route For Middle Fork
Doug working up pitch 1 of Slamfire

Slamfire 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  UT : Maple Canyon : ... : Armory, The
A fun outing in an area rarely visited with great views of Maple. One 60M rope will work great.P1: 30M 5.9P2: 30M 5.7P3: 15M 5.2 (loose rock)P4: 20M 5.7 ...[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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Getting lowered down the west side of the pinnacle, toward the top of the Natural Arch, Aug 29, 2011.
Getting lowered down the west side of the pinnacle...
George Bracksieck standing on the higher (west) end of the Natural Arch, Aug 29, 2011. Despite visual competition from the sunlit tree canopies, the dark span of the arch and its lower edge are visible near the bottom of this photo.  I found no cairn or other evidence of previous human visitation anywhere atop the arch.  I left no trace of my visit.
George Bracksieck standing on the higher (west) en...

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By George Bracksieck
Oct 5, 2012
On Aug 29, 2011, my wife and I were searching for the Great Chasm route and failed to find it. We decided to check out the Natural Arch, farther up the Middle Fork trail. I wondered if anyone had been atop the arch.

We plodded up the steep draw to the south, passing beneath the arch. From the uphill side of the arch, the best possibility lay up the chossy rock on the southeast side of the arch. I led diagonally up left, across loose, dirty cobbles to the notch on the east side of a pinnacle. The only pro was a #1 Tricam placed in a cleavage between cobbles at the start of the steep section below the notch.

I moved through the notch, then up to the summit of the pinnacle that looks down onto the arch from the east. Using the notch and pinnacle as my running belay, my wife lowered me down the west side of the pinnacle onto the arch, and I walked across it. There was no cairn or any other evidence of human passage. I left no trace, either. Refer to the attached photos.

I reversed the route, climbing almost to the top of the pinnacle and was then lowered toward the belayer, with the rope running around the pinnacle. The cobbles smoothed the rope's passage -- as long as they didn't break. Some did. I rate the climbing difficulty at 5.5X.