Elevation: 6,000 ft
GPS: 37.616, -112.932 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: TylerPhillips on Jun 7, 2007
Admins: Andrew Gram, Nathan Fisher, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq
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Description

This canyon was created by the old Lake Bonneville. The baby limestone found through out most of the canyon was formed from the lake receding and rising for a few thousand years. The rock looks like Spearfish Canyon in South Dakota, but its nowhere near as good, however there is good rock to be found here, and ALOT of choss too.

The best seasons are spring and fall but it is very possible to rock climb here in the middle of summer too.

A good but hard to find reference is Troy D. Anderson's semi-comprehensive guide, Metal In Your Head.

Getting There

From Cedar City find HWY 14, this goes through Cedar Canyon. From HWY 89 take HWY 14 to Cedar City.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Cedar Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V7 7A+
 6
Open For Business
Boulder
V8 7B
 3
Chain Gang
Boulder
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 8
The Adventure Route
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 30
Hells Bells
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 23
Undertaker
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 32
La Santa Muerta
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 21
Evil
Sport
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
 9
La Santa Muerta Ext
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 10
Too Much Cock Not Enough Lycra
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 6
Death to Smootchie
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13
 23
Heucos from Hades
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 14
Evil Twin
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 11
Wicked
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 9
Whited Sepulchre
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 3
Suspect Nargles
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Open For Business Cedar Slide Bou… > Flannigan Boulder
 6
V7 7A+ Boulder
Chain Gang Cedar Slide Bou… > Flannigan Boulder
 3
V8 7B Boulder
The Adventure Route Rappel Wall Area
 8
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Hells Bells Graveside Matte… > Lower Tier
 30
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Undertaker Graveside Matte… > Lower Tier
 23
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
La Santa Muerta Graveside Matte… > Lower Tier
 32
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Evil Graveside Matte… > Lower Tier
 21
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
La Santa Muerta Ext Graveside Matte… > Lower Tier
 9
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a Sport
Too Much Cock Not Enough Lycra Graveside Matte… > Graveside Matter Slab
 10
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Death to Smootchie Graveside Matte… > Graveside Pillar
 6
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Heucos from Hades Graveside Matte… > Lower Tier
 23
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13 Sport
Evil Twin Graveside Matte… > Lower Tier
 14
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Wicked Graveside Matte… > Lower Tier
 11
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Whited Sepulchre Graveside Matte… > Lower Tier
 9
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Suspect Nargles Graveside Matte… > Graveside Matter Slab
 3
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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bheller
SL UT
bheller   SL UT
It seems highly unlikely (impossible) that these limestone crags east of Cedar City were deposited and lithified through the advancing and retreating actions of Ancient Lake Bonneville for many, many reasons. The most obvious damning clue is that the town of Cedar City is 5,800 ft elevation, while the highest water mark Bonneville ever achieved at its maximum was 5,220 ft. In short, Bonneville was never even near Cedar City, let alone the limestone crags found around 7000 ft elevation east of town. Sep 25, 2015
How hot does it get here in the middle of Summer? Thinking of coming to climb here in Aug. Jul 10, 2016
karl kvashay
cedar city, utah
karl kvashay   cedar city, utah
According to the Utah Geological survey maps, the rock is "Grayish-orange to yellowish-brown, generally medium- to thick-bedded, planar-bedded, fine- to medium-grained quartzose sandstone and minor interbedded, grayish-orange to gray mudstone and siltstone" Jul 1, 2018
Joe Zelman
Cedar City, UT
Joe Zelman   Cedar City, UT
Karl, perfect Hahahaha Dec 6, 2018