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With a good number of reliable, multi-pitch routes, Santaquin Canyon is a quality destination for ice climbing. In addition, difficult mixed lines will challenge even the best climbers.

Just far enough out of the way to not be too crowded, winter weekdays can make for lonely climbing. But on holidays and weekends when the ice is fat climbing parties are found on most popular lines. When there is a good layer of snow the sound of snowmobiles fills the canyon.

The ice season is usually best from mid-December to the end of February. Most of the ice routes are located on the south side of the canyon protected from the sun, and many routes can be spotted from the canyon road. Some ice formations may collapse during a mid-winter thaw and then reform later to climbable conditions.

Routes are most often found in potential avalanche gullies. Under the right conditions the avalanches can be enormous. Be sure to check the avalanche forecast before climbing.

Getting There 

- Drive to Santaquin on I-15
- Take the Santaquin exit 244
- Exit the freeway and turn EAST
- Take the first RIGHT turn SOUTH onto Highland Drive.
- Go south for one (1) mile down Highland Drive until you come to a stop sign where you must either turn left or right. TURN LEFT.
- Drive into the canyon 3.8 miles to the Trumbolt Picnic Area (winter gate).

Winter Access 

The canyon road closes for winter at Trumbolt Picnic Area around December 1st each year and re-opens in the spring by Memorial Day. In winter the road may be closed at the forest service sign about a mile down the road at the mouth of the canyon, depending snow conditions.

ATV use is illegal in Santaquin Canyon (fines up to $5,000). Snowmobiles are allowed if there is at least 12" of snow.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.3 miles from here

8 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Santaquin Canyon Ice:
Automatic Control Theory   WI5-6     Ice, 2 pitches, 200'   
The Candlestick   WI5-6     Ice, 1 pitch, 100'   
Angel of Fear   WI5-6     Ice, 3 pitches, 300'   
Squash Head   WI3-4     Ice, 2 pitches, 300'   
Backoff   WI4     Ice, 2 pitches, 200'   
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Featured Route For Santaquin Canyon Ice
Climbers finishing the first pitch of Backoff.

Backoff WI4  UT : Wasatch Range : ... : Santaquin Canyon Ice
P1 (WI2): Climb the low angle bulges to the bottom of the more vertical P2. Look for belay chains up a ramp on the right. This pitch is sometimes thin with water running under the ice.P2 (WI4): This is the business pitch, steeper and often thin. At the top on the right is a two bolt anchor (may be covered with ice). Over the top are anchors on the left.Descent: Two rope rappel from anchors....[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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Leading pitch 3 of Angel of Fear, 2010
Leading pitch 3 of Angel of Fear, 2010
ACT and Candlestick 1/26/14
BETA PHOTO: ACT and Candlestick 1/26/14

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