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Maple Canyon

Utah

Description

"Cobble climbing"—Maple Canyon is conglomerate rock with embedded, rounded clasts ranging in size from pebbles to boulders.

The walls have a wide range of holds from bombers to slopers, making the climbing unique and challenging. Mostly sport climbing with a very little trad.

Camping is available;parkId=70822&topTabIndex=CampingSpot in Maple Canyon for $10 per night. Maple lies mostly on public land within the Uinta National Forest, but some of the most popular climbs are in privately-owned Box Canyon. There is a day use fee of $5 per car in the national forest area.

The nearest beer is actually in Mount Pleasant. There is a bar and a mexican food restaurant that serves beer.

Getting There

Exit 225 on I-I5 (Nephi 100 N exit). East on UT Route 132 to Fountain Green. Right on 400 South. Six miles to Freedom Road, turn right. Right again on Maple Canyon Road. Follow the paved road to the dirt.

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View up the canyon from the top of Grecian Highway
[Hide Photo] View up the canyon from the top of Grecian Highway
Looking down toward the Pipline area!
[Hide Photo] Looking down toward the Pipline area!
Fall colors at the Orangutan Wall
[Hide Photo] Fall colors at the Orangutan Wall
Mmmm... Maple, Ken Trout on the cobbles.
[Hide Photo] Mmmm... Maple, Ken Trout on the cobbles.
Shot this picture on the road out of the canyon. Western Tanager.
[Hide Photo] Shot this picture on the road out of the canyon. Western Tanager.
The bend in the road!
[Hide Photo] The bend in the road!
Maple Canyon from the top of Grecian Highway
[Hide Photo] Maple Canyon from the top of Grecian Highway
Climbers on Simpson Rock surrounding by a huge quantity of cobbles. June 2018.
[Hide Photo] Climbers on Simpson Rock surrounding by a huge quantity of cobbles. June 2018.
More turkeys at Maple...
[Hide Photo] More turkeys at Maple...
Common Poor-Will... Often heard, rarely seen...
[Hide Photo] Common Poor-Will... Often heard, rarely seen...
If all the numbered sites are taken -- site "F" might be free
[Hide Photo] If all the numbered sites are taken -- site "F" might be free
maple canyon
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Comments [Hide ALL Comments]

Bryson Slothower
Portland, OR
[Hide Comment] what's the ideal season at Maple? May 19, 2006
[Hide Comment] Early May through mid October is the season. April is climbable if you don't mind postholing. Jun 27, 2006
john gilchrist
sLC, utah
[Hide Comment] good guide here

www.drtopo.com

drtopo.com/utah/maple.pdf Jul 6, 2006
icsteveoh
salt lake city, UT
[Hide Comment] Anyone have anything on the oxygen wall or the demascus wall? Sep 11, 2006
Rick Miske
Orem, UT
[Hide Comment] According to the Forest Service and ReserveAmerica, the Campground Host is there only every three days or so. Last time I was there the pay envelopes were all gone and the pay tube was empty.

The group site is nice. Nov 11, 2007
courtney.vogt
Denver, Colorado
[Hide Comment] is Maple Canyon "dog-friendly"? I saw something about Box Canyon being off limit to dogs because it's privately owned. How about the other areas?

and in response to mw: i would expect a 7 hour trip from Rifle to Maple. I know it takes 8 from Summit County, CO. Feb 8, 2008
[Hide Comment] Yes, Maple canyon is dog friendly, other than the Box canyon which is private property. My dog really likes it there, but I guess he likes everywhere we go! Feb 8, 2008
[Hide Comment] Why are there so many flies here? (Not biting, just annoying house/sh*t flies...) Do they migrate up into the canyon from the turkey farms? Seasonal? (We were there a couple days in August.) Apr 1, 2008
Sean Egli
Provo Utah
[Hide Comment] Anyone know where some moderate climbing routes up Maple Canyon are?Away from Box Canyon?Around 5.6 to 5.10 A-C?Last time I went I got spanked and I'm desperately in need for a good day of fun climbing.Is the gate open yet also? May 18, 2008
Ryan Palo
Bend, oregon
[Hide Comment] Maple in July? Too hot? I was there at the end of last June. The temps outside the canyon were in the 90s-low 100s. Inside the canyon was quite nice in the shade. Can I expect the same? Jun 20, 2008
jason gerrard
Provo, UT
[Hide Comment] i was working a climb up the left hand fork that i can't find in any books or on this site. i think it is one of the last climbs up that fork. it is on the left hand side, on a wall that is way overhung. does anybody know what the climb farthest to the right is rated? Mar 23, 2009
Thayne aka TR
provo utah
[Hide Comment] We just got back from maple (family trip) It was really busy in the school room all ready.

Climbing was great and it was super warm in the day (pretty cold at night still, bring your own wood) the climbing was great and it could not have been better, we met nic, nicole, jimmy and crystal and they are some super climbers. We cooked them dinner (Cheeseburgers) and had smores for desert! We spent all day in the school room as my sons love to climb and bolder I can't wait to get back down there for some more climbing and boldering!

I noticed a lot of trash around bouldering area's lets all try to pack in more then we bring in and please please don't leave bananna peels or apple cores.

LEAVE NO TRACE!!! May 10, 2009
Nathan Van Horn
Colorado Springs, CO
[Hide Comment] no banana peels or apple cores????? are they not from the earth? should they not return to the earth? And i don't mean in a plastic bag...... May 16, 2009
Lauren D. Hollingsworth
Colorado and Kentucky
[Hide Comment] Just got back from a trip to Maple. My husband and I ate at Roy's Pizza in Ephraim on a rest day and WOW! I was really impressed by this small-town pizza joint. The ingredients were fresh with a homemade taste. $15-20 for a large pizza, on the left side of HWY 89 coming from the canyon.

By the way: beware of the squirrels both at the crag and the campground. They will run off with your food, tear up bags containing food, and they are capable of chewing through plastic peanut butter jars. Aug 8, 2009
[Hide Comment] If this is on National Forest land, shouldn't there be some free camping somewhere? So where is this free camping? Sep 23, 2009
mike cork
Atlanta, GA
[Hide Comment] Hey - a buddy and I are headed out this way in a week and plan to do a day or two at Maple Canyon. A few first timer questions:

1) given our limited time, what 2 or 3 crags would be ideal to check out this time of year for the 5.11-5.12 climber? Anything that gets decent sun?

2) any recommended lodging in the area? we'll be flying into SLC in the evening and need a place to stay semi-near Maple.

3) food/drink...any nearby joints that we should check out? From Maple we're headed SE to do some tower climbing.

4) if you're a local and plan to be in the area, it'd be cool to meet up for a day of craggin...

Thanks,
Mike Oct 13, 2009
Deibolt Deibold
Bolder, CO
[Hide Comment] When do the gates close for the season? I thought I read some where that they close around this time.
Im temporarily living in SLC for 3 weeks (now into first week of DEC). If anyone wants to brave some colder temps and climb in Maple I am down, whenever, and willing to drive. Nov 16, 2009
Brian in SLC
Sandy, Utah
[Hide Comment] There are no gates.

What shuts the place down for non-4wd vehicles (which should also apply to subarus, but, folks don't learn) is snow.

So, no snow, easy drive in.

Nearby lodging? Try Nephi or Ephraim. Most folks camp in Maple Canyon.

For dining, there's some diners in both of the above. Pretty limited. Nov 16, 2009
[Hide Comment] We found this house in Fountain Green to rent. Kitchen, living room w/TV & DVD, sleeps 6-8, super cozy, and close to the canyon. Rates change mid-June but split 6 ways it's between $14-$23/night. With camping now at $8/night, this is a great option. Owners are awesome!

redapplecottage.com/ Feb 14, 2010
Jason Stevens
Ephraim, UT
[Hide Comment] Electronic version of the "old" Maple Canyon guides available here:

greatbasinseeds.com/page--M… May 6, 2010
[Hide Comment] Thanks Jason! Glad to have this...been waiting on the DK guide for like 5 years now...I think it is a myth! May 12, 2010
MattH31
SLC, Utah
[Hide Comment] Does anyone know what the deal is with the fixed rope on the far left side of the Pipe Dream? It doesn't look like anything is being developed there. It's kind of an eyesore.

I really haven't given anything back to the Utah climbing community, so feel free to rip me to shreds. Jun 10, 2010
[Hide Comment] I can't wait to see this place! Jul 29, 2010
Jason Stevens
Ephraim, UT
[Hide Comment] Hey, the link to the downloadable version of the "old" guide changed over the winter. The new link is:

greatbasinseeds.com/cms-dis…

Thanks!

Jason Mar 8, 2011
[Hide Comment] Just an FYI the link posted above does not work. May 15, 2011
John F
Cowdrey, Co
[Hide Comment] Where is a good place to camp around maple Canyon when the campground is full?

Thanks Jun 26, 2011
[Hide Comment] Does anyone know of an alternative camping spot for when the maple campground is full or if there are any rentals available in town over the fourth of july weekend? Or if anyone has extra space at their site, my partner and I would be happy to pay the camping fee. Thanks. Jun 27, 2011
jeffozozo
santa clara, utah
[Hide Comment] This is a nice map that shows you the area overview:

sanpete.com/downloads/Maple… Jul 12, 2011
Eric Godfrey
slc, ut
[Hide Comment] It would be awesome if someone could sort the routes left to right now that it's an option. I'd do it myself but apparently you need administrator privileges or something? It won't let me. Jul 25, 2011
Eckhard
Denver, CO
[Hide Comment] we tried to buy the printable guide. After payment it never sent us to a printing feature, still haven't checked to see if we were actually charged for the guide. Seems like everybody there was showing up with some version of MP's printable guide. Sep 26, 2011
[Hide Comment] Would maple be climbable over thanksgiving? Oct 10, 2011
dhunsworth
Durango, co
[Hide Comment] I'm planning a trip out here this fall. What would be the best couple of weeks to aim for to get the maples at their peak for fall colors?
thanks
Dehn Jul 11, 2012
John Ross
Wasatch Front, UT
[Hide Comment] @dhunsworth, It seems like the colors in Maple are often brightest during the second and third week's of September. Watch the weather though because rainstorms are not unheard of during that time. Jul 11, 2012
Jason Stevens
Ephraim, UT
[Hide Comment] Hey everyone...we moved the climbing shop to main street and really improved the place. Drop in and see us on your next maple trip.

"Like" us on facebook at:

www.facebook.com/pipedreamadventuresports

Pipe Dream Adventure Sports
327 South Min
Ephraim, UT 84627
435.283.4644 Sep 3, 2012
[Hide Comment]

Maple Canyon Adopt a Crag Re-Cap
May 3rd, 2014
If you have ever been to Maple Canyon, then you know that the canyon can only support so many vehicles and camp sites because of the topography. We have to be careful that our use doesn’t destroy what we seek to enjoy. The Salt Lake Climbers Alliance hosts Adopt a Crags to address impacts climbers are having at our crags and in the environments where we climb.

Over the weekend, thirty Salt Lake Climbers Alliance volunteers and the Forest Service put in over 200 hours of work to try and prevent camp and parking sprawl before the busy season hits Maple. When camp sites and parking spots are delineated, the forest surrounding these areas has a chance to re-vegetate. Over the weekend, eight new tent pads were constructed and leveled. Five additional camp site boundaries were delineated and the camp sites themselves saw some love. Day use parking spots were marked. The Forest Service requests that climbers camp in designated spots so that day trippers to the area can still come and enjoy the canyon. Climbers are not the only users of the canyon and when we camp out in our vehicles in the day use spots, it prevents day trippers from being able to visit the canyon.

Climbers, we must realize the increase in population within this canyon and change the way we use it in order to protect our access and the environment. Box Canyon, the property as you enter Maple below the USFS and Welcome to the Uinta National Forest sign is all private property. Use this land gently to maintain our access. Consider camping in one of the other canyons adjoining Maple if the camp sites are full this season; car pool or try to visit during the week instead of weekends. Consider leaving your dog at home or keep them on their leashes and always leave the crags cleaner than you found them.

The SLCA looks forward to future Adopt a Crag Days with the Forest Service to stabilize staging areas for climbs and limit crag sprawl in the future. Thanks to all the volunteers who opted not to climb this Saturday and instead lent a hand in protecting our climbing areas. Thanks to the American Alpine Club for providing the BBQ and for holding down the fort in the 50 mph wind blast that flipped the burgers right off the grill.

Please volunteer at our next Adopt a Crags on August 2nd at the Division Wall in American Fork and August 23rd at Ruth Lake in the Uintas and help protect your access by caring for the environment at your crags. Stay tuned for volunteer sign up at SaltLakeClimbers.org and LIKE the SLCA Facebook page to stay up to date with SLCA news and happenings.

May 30, 2014
[Hide Comment] Maple Canyon Campground Host Job
saltlakeclimbers.org/campgr…
Contact:Bill Broadbear
Ferron-Price Ranger District
599 West Price River Drive
Price, UT 84501
435-637-2817
bbroadbear@fs.fed.us Nov 18, 2014
[Hide Comment] Anyone want to climb in one of the caves Sunday and or monday? It might rain so steep stuff is what I'm looking to get on. My phone number is 5093859315. My name is Will :) Oct 17, 2015
James Cranston
Boulder, CO
[Hide Comment] Wondering if last weekend in March is OK for some of the caves here? Nov 9, 2015
[Hide Comment] Does anyone know if Maple is climeable right now and how the approaches are in terms of snow? Apr 1, 2016
[Hide Comment]
TICKETS: saltlakeclimbers.org/events/
The SLCA exists to provide a unified voice for climbers in the Wasatch and surrounding regions through advocacy, stewardship, community, and education.
This is the Salt Lake Climbers Alliance’s main fundraiser of the year. All proceeds help pay to steward the outdoor places we love to climb. Funds go towards advocacy work, trail and staging area improvements at local crags, bolt replacement, latrines, education events and more. Games including crate stacking, arm wrestling by local outdoor companies. May 17, 2016
[Hide Comment] I'll be climbing in Maple Canyon next week. Looks like the campground is full, other than having to get a lodge in Nephi, anyone know what's the deal with dispersed camping. Somewhere I can get the crag early in the morning. Jun 5, 2016
[Hide Comment] Did anyone find a pair of women's Mythos climbing shoes at the Zen Garden? My wife left them there in Wed June 8 (2016) 801-364-1388 Jun 10, 2016
Jeremy Steck
Salt Lake City, UT
[Hide Comment] I lost my Maple Canyon guidebook on the right fork trail on the afternoon of Saturday, 7/16. It apparently had fallen out of my pack on the way down the trail and I didn't realize it until the next morning at camp. Friends had spotted it on the way down after me, but didn't realize it was mine. It was gone when I went back to look for it in the morning,

It is pretty easy to ID. Its full of markups inside from me and is held together with a duct tape spine and is pretty worn. Jul 17, 2016
[Hide Comment] With the off and on chance of rain this weekend, what is the etiquette for climbing after rain on conglomerate rock? Was hoping to hit a couple multi-pitches this weekend, but don't want to disrespect the rock should it rain! Sep 2, 2016
[Hide Comment] Looking for partners for this weekend 4/28/17 and onward. It's a bit cold and snowy but not a big deal I think. Apr 27, 2017
[Hide Comment] Does anyone have intel on dispersed camping locations nearby? Not a fan of pay camping, would rather do primitive. Aug 16, 2017
[Hide Comment] Hello, I'm heading to Maple Monday 21 -Friday 25 2017 and have a site reserved. Looking for climbing partners/ share the site. Down to climb what ever grades. I'll be in the teardrop camper with a silver pick up. stop by and say hello! Aug 19, 2017
[Hide Comment] We got our 60 m rope stuck on Hija Rock , Exit Wounds 5.9 + , Right Fork at Maple Canyon. We were lucky enough to get rescued by two lovely climbers Debbie and Mark from Cedar City , UT.

If anyone climbs the 3 pitches and is able to bring my rope down with them I would be most greatful. Please call or email Damon

201-927-3234
Dgiordano78@hotmail.com Oct 5, 2017
d p
Montana
[Hide Comment] Anyone been climbing rock in Maple yet this season? Curious how the snow pack has been down there and if it's climbable. thanks! Mar 20, 2018
Jennifer Baird
Pittsburgh
[Hide Comment] Heading to maple this weekend. if anyone has extra room for 2 tents at the campground on Saturday night, that would be awesome (6175844812). It looks like the campground is at capacity. May 15, 2018
[Hide Comment] u guys. please don't poop under a rock and leave it there. the campsites are surrounded by poop-rocks. there are nearby restrooms and if you can't hold for less than 100 feet then dig a hole and bury the poop (do not bury tampons or toilet paper with it okay) Jun 1, 2018
Mr. Stevens
Boulder, CO
[Hide Comment] If you plan on staying for more than a few days, the Temple Hill Resort in Manti is a great rest day spot. It's $5/person for a day pass and they have good showers, laundry, wifi, ice, pool, and shady spots to hang out. Some weekends are closed to day passes because of events, so maybe call ahead.

Also, if you like meat, Terrell's Market in Mt. Pleasant has really good pre-marinated, vacuum sealed meats at a really good price. They last in the cooler for a long time and cook really easily. The Ugly Steak (not a typo) is excellent... Aug 3, 2018