The sandstone spire of Mount Hayden, perched over Nankoweap canyon, tops out at an elevation of 8372 feet. It's dramatic profile is one of the most often photographed scenes in Grand Canyon National Park. It is also very likely the most often climbed summit in the park by technical rock climbers, no surprise given the obvious appeal of it's lofty summit. It is a special experience to reach the pool table flat summit of Hayden, and gaze into the depths of the Grand Canyon, far below.
The peak is accessed via Point Imperial (8800 feet) off the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. You can reach Point Imperial by driving south from Jacob Lake until you reach Fuller Canyon Road/Cape Royal Road (approximately 3 miles north of the north rim lodge), the road forks at about 5 miles. Take the left fork about 3 miles to Point Imperial. From the lookout, you can't miss Mount Hayden.
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South Face 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 3 pitches, 300'
Pegasus 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad, 3 pitches, 350'
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Pegasus 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b AZ : Northern Arizona : ... : Mount Hayden
climb left side of a large flake toward the North end of the East face, then up flaring finger and hand crack (10c) to good ledge. P2: move belay left, climb Right angling steep dihedral (10+) to a nice pine tree to belay. P3: up easy wide crack then fingers in dihedral to overhanging pod (10-) then short face to awesome summit. Rap South face original route (3x with one 70m and a little scrambling)....[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
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