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Description

Hard Rock is a great area, with possibly the largest variety of grades and excellent crag positioning. Hard Rock is great almost all year for people of all experience levels. Hard Rock is home to American Fork's easiest routes, 5.6 and 5.7, but the majority of the climbs are in the 5.11-5.12 range.

This is a terrific and fun crag to learn how to lead climb/belay. Hard Rock faces west and south-west, getting good shade in the morning and a lot of sun from the afternoon on.

A stick clip is handy for some of the harder routes

Getting There

To reach the crag head up 1.7 miles up from the monument flagpole, a bit past Little Mill campground. You can park on the north side, in a pay area, or on the south side in the small pull off. Locate the faint trail on the north side of the road (across from the pullout right before the next pullout with the 12-mile marker) and hike up about five minutes following a stream drainage. It takes about five minutes to get to the start of the crag, which continues right and wraps around the corner.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Hard Rock

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5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 96
Late for Dinner
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 245
Rockapella
Sport, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 223
Stoic Calculus
Sport, TR
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 132
Stump
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 150
Vaporous Apparition
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 243
Platinum Blonde
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 95
Vixen Blonde (aka Punch the Clock)
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 129
Many Options
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 192
Winds of Fire
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 62
Emotional Geometry
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 109
Six to Eleven
Sport 2 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 100
Primal Magic
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 177
Suicide Blonde
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 180
Juggernaut
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 86
Teeanova
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Late for Dinner
 96
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Rockapella
 245
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport, TR
Stoic Calculus
 223
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, TR
Stump
 132
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
Vaporous Apparition
 150
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Platinum Blonde
 243
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Vixen Blonde (aka Punch the…
 95
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Many Options
 129
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Winds of Fire
 192
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Emotional Geometry
 62
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Six to Eleven
 109
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport 2 pitches
Primal Magic
 100
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Suicide Blonde
 177
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Juggernaut
 180
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Teeanova
 86
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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A couple things:

The north side, or the picnic area is not a pay area. If you paid to get into the canyon, you're already good.

The best way to get to the crag is usually to head up, west, through the picnic area. At the last picnic table, you'll see a trail that continues west. Follow that trail until it hits the trail going up north to the cliffs.

Enjoy spectacular moderate sport routes. Dec 1, 2008
Daniel_L
Orem, UT
Daniel_L   Orem, UT
The comment above should be added to the how to get there area. I had a really hard time finding the trail because I didn't see the comment before I went out. But if you follow Price's advice it'll get you exactly where you are trying to go. Jul 7, 2011
Connor England
Tooele, Utah
Connor England   Tooele, Utah
Morning here is completely shady. Routes are getting pretty greasy though... Aug 11, 2012
Garrett C
SL, UT
Garrett C   SL, UT
Much easier way to find this wall is to head to the 12 mile marker. Trail is about 30 feet west of it on the north side of the road. Aug 5, 2013
I found a blue Ovo helmet as well as a pair of purple Mad Rock shoes size 12.5 US at the base of the wall. Two gentlemen left them i believe whose names i don't remember. Please let me know if you've lost them. I have them and will gladly return them to you. Aug 13, 2013
Trevor Paskett
Provo, Utah
Trevor Paskett   Provo, Utah
Price's comment is great, but it's SLIGHTLY wrong. He says to head "UP WEST" through the picnic area. Up canyon in AF Canyon is generally EAST, and that seems to be the case here. I went to the westernmost table and found nothing. Go EAST. Or even better, go UP canyon, not down. Mar 26, 2014
JFM
JFM  
To add to Garrett's comment: there is a 1-2 car pullout just (ie, 20 ft) west / down-canyon from the mm 12 sign. The trail you want is across from that pullout, and is a nice maintained trail... If you go up-canyon instead, there is another trail about 30ft up from the 12 sign which leads to one bolted route and eventually to Hard Rock, but it is extremely loose and probably dangerous. Aug 12, 2014
Found a pair of climbing shoes at the base of Stoic Calculus this afternoon. Nov 13, 2016
Found a harness last weekend. Tried to drop it off with park rangers but they had already left for the day. Mar 22, 2017
Logan Bradford
American Fork, UT
Logan Bradford   American Fork, UT
Found two booty draws on different routes today. Text me descriptions and I'll get them back to you: 801.251.6393. May 16, 2018