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Angels Gate 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Bass Camp 3 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Battleship, The 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 2
Bright Angel Walls 12 / 20 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 29
Cedar Mountain 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Comanche Point 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Comanche Ridge (NW Ridge of Comanche Point) 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Lee's Ferry 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 2
Marble Canyon 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Monument Creek Pinnacle 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 1
Mount Hayden 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
O'Neill Butte 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Panchos Kitchen 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Pipe Creek Beach 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Redwall cavern 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Ribbon Falls 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
South Kaibab Cragging 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Sullivan Peak 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Vishnu Temple 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Zoroaster Temple 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
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Synopsis [Suggest Change]

Fifty Buttes, twenty-five Temples, thirteen Points, twelve Mountains, eight Castles, five Peaks, three Crests, three Ridges and three Towers. Routes on those one hundred and twenty-two summits could keep most mountaineers hustling for a lifetime. Throw in a few Domes, Knolls, Mesas, Pinnacles, Plateaus, Shrines, Terraces and Thrones into the mix and you've upped the ante. An inspiring wager that would match the perseverance of H.Butchart and maybe a handful of others. You’d be obsessed if moved to climb the remaining seventeen notably vertices, not to mention the essentially endless rock between of peripheral valleys, distinct elevations and routes along the river...


High over the Kaibab Plateau peering south across eastern Grand Canyon toward San Francisco Peaks.

Those perhaps addicted to that ample pot would notice it easily exceeds the one hundred and fifty-one 'officially' named, an arbitrary delimitation in an area of approximately nineteen hundred and four square miles. Most would fold trying to arrange something that prodigious into a coherently organized structure and still capture the spirit of the big ditch…

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Classic Climbing Routes at Grand Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a
 3
Original Route
Trad
4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b
 4
North Face
Trad
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 4
North Face
Trad 3 pitches
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 3
Cinch Up
Trad
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 3
Doghouse
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 19
South Face
Trad 3 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 4
Rip Off
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 3
East Face
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 5
Black Bawl
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 19
NE Arete
Trad 6 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b C0
 4
North Face
Trad, Aid 4 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 13
Pegasus
Trad 3 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b R
 4
Southwest Ridge, Comanche Point
Sport 12 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b R
 22
Screaming Sky Crack
Trad 4 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Original Route Battleship
 3
3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a Trad
North Face Vishnu Temple
 4
4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b Trad
North Face O'Neill Butte
 4
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad 3 pitches
Cinch Up Bright Angel Walls > Wailing Wall
 3
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad
Doghouse Angels Gate
 3
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad 2 pitches
South Face Mount Hayden
 19
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 3 pitches
Rip Off Bright Angel Walls > Wailing Wall
 4
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
East Face O'Neill Butte
 3
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Black Bawl Bright Angel Walls > Wailing Wall
 5
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
NE Arete Zoroaster Temple
 19
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad 6 pitches
North Face Monument Creek Pinnacle
 4
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b C0 Trad, Aid 4 pitches
Pegasus Mount Hayden
 13
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad 3 pitches
Southwest Ridge, Comanche P… Comanche Ridge (NW Ri…
 4
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b R Sport 12 pitches
Screaming Sky Crack Zoroaster Temple
 22
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b R Trad 4 pitches
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George Bell
Boulder, CO
George Bell   Boulder, CO
I was once stung by a scorpion in the hand while sleeping in the bottom of the Grand Canyon. I don't know for sure it was a scorpion as I never saw it, but I don't think anything else can make your whole hand go completely numb for 3 weeks. Plus there was no evidence of a puncture as with a spider bite. I found out later that my symptoms matched perfectly the sting of a "lethal scorpion", which is almost never lethal unless you weigh less than 30 lbs (kids under 3).

Anyway, be careful and never sleep out on the sand without a ground tarp. Feb 18, 2007
Pete Hickman
Tacoma, WA
Pete Hickman   Tacoma, WA
Is it possible to get a guidebook for climbs in the GC? It appears that there once was a book called Grand Canyon Summits Select or something like that but I can only find one mention of it on the internet and no mention of if or how it might be available. Nov 20, 2007
Are there really that many doable climbs to consider in the Grand Canyon? Besides Mt Hayden and Zoroaster Temple, I'm guessing there isn't much to access for a short day of climbing. No sport routes I presume, and lengthy hot approach hikes. Opressive heat from late May to Sept. for sure. So why would someone make this a destination for climbing, as a recent post shows this week. I'm clueless and don't see much route info here at MP yet. Jun 7, 2011
For sport climbs, check out the Bright Angel Walls. I've only posted a few routes there, but there's probably 50 or so in that area. There are more sport areas, as a limestone band can be found on the top layer of the rim.

Yes, it can be too hot for much of the climbs that demand long approach hikes in the summer. There really are countless climbs that fall into this catagory.

If you really are interested, check out Grand Canyon Summits Select by Pernell Tomasi. It can be found on-line.

Most of the climbs here are adventure climbs. These appeal less and less to many of the continually growing climbing communities, and may explain the lack of listings here on Mountain Project.

A perfect day here is awesome.

Weather link for the Grand Canyon, AZ: forecast.weather.gov/MapCli… Jun 8, 2011
Nope, there are no doable climbs in that ditch other than the std route up Zoro. Flagstaff never put out any good climbers who would go up there, too far to drive and the rangers were too busy working. And there's only a few hundred miles of cliff bands & summits so there's no reason to think that there would be anything worth doing.

(psst, Mark, last I'd heard, there were 3 developed areas back when David was a BC ranger but that was 10+ yrs ago...) Jun 9, 2011
JJ Schlick
Flagstaff, AZ
JJ Schlick   Flagstaff, AZ  
Grand Canyon National Park has just placed a ban on commercial plastic water bottles. Check it out. adventure-journal.com/2012/… Feb 7, 2012
Ryan Myers
Tempe, Arizona
Ryan Myers   Tempe, Arizona
Are there any established routes in between Glen Canyon Dam and Lees Ferry? Nov 10, 2012
Water in gallon jugs are still for sale in the park. If you need bottled water in smaller containers, try the stores in the border communities. There are now water refilling stations throughout the park and even a filtered refilling station inside the General Store. Arizona state law requires every business to have free water available to anyone who asks for it. May 28, 2013

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