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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 named for Charles T Hayden, an Arizona pioneer who originally came to the state in 1858 on the first overland stage to Tucson. He was called the "father of Tempe" after establishing the first store there in 1870, as well as constructing and operating the first flour mill. The mill still exists. Father of US Senator Carl Hayden.

There are several routes (all technical climbing) to the summit of Mount Hayden, the most popular of which is the South Face (5.8) route, a moderate challenge for most climbers, once the approach to the peak has been done. There is also the harder Pegasus (5.10+) route on the east side if you're looking for a bigger challenge.

Virtually every climber will tell you that the crux of any climb on Mount Hayden is the approach. Getting down the loose and rocky slopes to the climbs is a struggle to say the least. There is a detailed description on this approach included in the comment area for the South Face route on Hayden.


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.

More information on the north rim:

Climbing Season

For the Northern Arizona area.

Weather station 7.2 miles from here

2 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Mount Hayden:
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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This is the second pitch of Pegasus on Mt Hayden i...

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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Climbers on top of Mt Hayden, photo by R. Thomas
Climbers on top of Mt Hayden, photo by R. Thomas
1st rap station down SE Face (9/2014)
1st rap station down SE Face (9/2014)
Fixed lines in the approach gully
BETA PHOTO: Fixed lines in the approach gully
Looking down on the last moves of the SE Face
Looking down on the last moves of the SE Face
Fixed lines in the approach gully #2
BETA PHOTO: Fixed lines in the approach gully #2
#2 rap station on SE Face (9/2014)
BETA PHOTO: #2 rap station on SE Face (9/2014)

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