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South Fork

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"ET" Extremely Tough Slab S 
1/2 Route, AKA Unknown S 
Altered States T 
Arete Sport Climb T 
Center Route T 
Dost Mitra S 
Expecting T 
Fred Beckey T 
Hall of Smears S 
High Noon S 
Hueco 2nd Pitch S 
Hueco Direct Start T 
Hueco Traverse S 
Huecos Rancheros S 
I Stab Ourselves S 
Last Rites T 
Namaste S 
Pins and Needles S 
Pulp Friction S 
Sand Surfin' S 
Self Abuse S 
Shotgun T 
Southern Comfort T 
Spiderfinger T 
Tail Of The Cock T 
Tango T 
Touch Me Fall T 
Twins Paradox S 
Xanadu T 
Yahweh T 
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The South Fork of Taylor Creek is the most concentrated area of climbing in Kolob Canyon. It contains many great one pitch lines (including sport climbing), as well as longer aid and free routes such as the legendary Wind, Sand, and Stars.

Getting There 

Follow the park drive into Kolob and stop at an obvious carpark on the right just as the road curves around to the right. Cross the road and follow a trail into the canyon.

Climbing Season

Weather station 7.7 miles from here

30 Total Routes

['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',13],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for South Fork:
Fred Beckey   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch   
Sand Surfin'   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   
Pulp Friction   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Last Rites   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
1/2 Route, AKA Unknown   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Pins and Needles   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   
Dost Mitra   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   
Hall of Smears   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Namaste   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 140'   
Huecos Rancheros   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 150'   
Twins Paradox   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 130'   
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Featured Route For South Fork
Mark Limage making the transition from the flake to the crack during an ascent in 2001.

Last Rites 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b  UT : Zion National Park : ... : South Fork
After passing above the old debris dam and flood plain and hiking up canyon just about 200' west of Namaste on the South wall. This route is just left (East)of a huge left facing arch. A bouldery start to a left trending flake (2 bolts) gets one to an obvious arching crack. Traverse into the crack and it goes from fingers to hands in about 45 to the belay chains.When I first climbed this on aid in 1987 I found an old 2" angle lying in the dirt in a pod at the current rap anchor. I would LOVE to ...[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

Photos of South Fork Slideshow Add Photo
Overview of Kolob Wall <br /> <br />1-  Route AKA Unknown 5.10+ <br />2- Huecos Rancheros 5.12c <br />3- Twins Paradox 5.13a <br />4- Dost Mitra 5.11a/b <br />5- Namaste 5.12a
BETA PHOTO: Overview of Kolob Wall

1- Route AKA Unknown 5.1...
South Fork of Taylor... miles of untouched rock
BETA PHOTO: South Fork of Taylor... miles of untouched rock
South Fork, Taylor Creek. Monolithic walls tower over the canyon.
South Fork, Taylor Creek. Monolithic walls tower o...
A section of the striking, tiger-striped wall containing <em><a href='/v/namaste/105717892'>Namaste</a></em>, <em><a href='/v/huecos-rancheros/105718117'>Huecos Rancheros</a></em>, and <em><a href='/v/12-route-aka-unknown/105717895'>1/2 Route, AKA Unknown</a></em>.
A section of the striking, tiger-striped wall cont...
South Fork Taylor Creek Climbing Area Overview <br />circa 1995.
BETA PHOTO: South Fork Taylor Creek Climbing Area Overview
Huge walls everywhere.
Huge walls everywhere.
Hiking up to the climbs
Hiking up to the climbs
The sport routes are alllll the way at the back, on the right-hand side.  Takes around 30-40 minutes to hike in.
The sport routes are alllll the way at the back, o...
The <em><a href='/v/namaste/105717892'>Namaste</a></em> wall overhangs a bit. The foreground rope on the right is hanging from the chains on <em><a href='/v/12-route-aka-unknown/105717895'>1/2 Route, AKA Unknown</a></em> and the other rope behind it on the right is hanging from a draw about halfway up <em><a href='/v/huecos-rancheros/105718117'>Huecos Rancheros</a></em>.
The Namaste wall overhangs a bit. T...
A photo from another climber that shows the line of the UPLIFT WHITEBOY PARTY PLAN A3
BETA PHOTO: A photo from another climber that shows the line o...
Exploring the canyon.
Exploring the canyon.

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By Peter Franzen
From: Phoenix, AZ
Sep 4, 2013
This is quite possibly the most serene and wonderful sport climbing area I've ever been to. We had it to ourselves on a stormy holiday weekend. Wonderful, wonderful place.
By benjaminleaton
From: Sandy, UT
Nov 29, 2013
The admins of this area and its routes need to do some updating on the route descriptions with heavy focus on the locations of each of the routes. I guess we can no longer say that Namaste is the third route from the left.

I was just at the Namaste Wall today (Nov 29, 2013) and thought I had hopped on Namaste. Once I returned home, I realized that I actually climbed Dost Mitra, a route that sits between Huecos Rancheros and Namaste.

From what I could see, there are 5 bolted routes on the Namaste Wall. After glancing at the latest version of Rock Climbing Utah and scouring through Mountain Project, I have decided that the routes are as follows, from left to right: Unknown 5.10, Huecos Rancheros 5.12c, Dost Mitra 5.11a/b, Namaste 5.12a, and Unknown Project (possibly named Twins Paradox 5.13a on Mountain Project and I assume a typo states that it sits between Huecos Rancheros and Dost Mitra).

Be aware, the latest version of Rock Climbing Utah by Stewart Green mentions Dost Mitra and Twins Paradox in the opening paragraph for the Namaste Wall, but the topo and listed routes only include the Unkown 5.10, Huecos Rancheros, and Namaste. Also note that the line representing Namaste on the topo/photo is actually overlaid on Dost Mitra.