Elevation: 6,000 ft
GPS: 40.447, -111.688 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: John Ross on Mar 25, 2008
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Access Issue: Located in a National Forest Fee Area Details
Access Issue: Located in the Lone Peak Wilderness Area Details


Tank Canyon is a quiet side canyon in American Fork Canyon located within the Lone Peak Wilderness. You will find shaded climbs on isolated limestone walls in variety of difficulties. Many climbs are short but challenging. A creek flows through the canyon during spring runoff but is mostly dry during hot summer months.

No camping is allowed in Tank Canyon. Please do your part to help keep this area clean.

Getting There

Trail: Park at the gravel Hell Cave pull-out exactly 1 mile from the TCNM visitors center. Cross the road (north) and find the Tank Canyon trail.

Direct: Park at the Membrane pull-out 1.1 miles from the TCNM visitors center. Walk across the road and up the steep bank into Tank Canyon.

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Very sad to see orange spraypaint arrows every 10 ft. along the trail and over to Small Fry and Unnamed 5.7, along with a terrible new (and definitely useless) plywood bridge. Use cairns and existing trails, people! Or a simple map posted is all that is needed. This is terrible ethics and is a great way to get an already rough looking area (illegal fire rings, camping, paintball and Airsoft) closed by the Forest Service... Jul 31, 2009
Perin Blanchard
Orem, UT
Perin Blanchard   Orem, UT  
Annoying indeed. However, the perpetrators almost certainly weren't "climbers" ("climbers" use a drill).

Tank Canyon is used more often by groups other than climbers, as evidenced by the paintball marks, spilled Airsoft pellets, etc. A couple of weeks ago, I encountered a guy setting up a makeshift pulley system up the steep, loose stuff across from Membrane. He said he was hauling up folding chairs. I didn't ask him why. This was a day or two after we first encountered the paint...

Anyway, kick out the paint in the trail, turn over the rocks; the paint will wear away eventually. Jul 31, 2009
I contest "climbers" use trad gear! :) Jul 31, 2009
John Ross
Wasatch Front, UT
John Ross   Wasatch Front, UT
Tank Canyon Fire Info:

Update 09/13/2012:
UtahFireInfo ‏@UtahWildfire
#TankFire still 10 acres, smoke visible from Heber & Utah Cnty during the heat of the afternoon. No threat to structures or trails in area.

Sep 11, 2012
Be cautious on Bug's Bananas. I climbed it yesterday and all of the anchors on the way up seemed fine, but the 2 top anchors are a bit sketchy. The left bolt/nut seemed tight, but the anchor can be spun around on the bolt. The right nut was loose enough that I could tighten it back up with my fingers! I'm going to try and torque them down soon. Apr 21, 2016
Matthew Colemere
Alpine, UT
Matthew Colemere   Alpine, UT
Does anyone have any information of the routes on the right just before Cougar Narrows? The ones in interest both start up a slabby face, then lead into this yellow limestone with a couple options to finish, each containing a second pitch continuing up that yellow rock. Did the first pitch and it was really fun, but curious about the second pitch on both options. Jan 31, 2018