Description

Steve Canyon is formed by a series of rocks that are oriented in a north-south direction; numerous routes exist on both the east and west sides of the formation inside the canyon proper as well as on the outer faces of the canyon.

From the mouth of the canyon inwards are the following:

Left Side (E. Facing)

The Orc Wall
Tennis Shoe Block
Super Roof Wall

Right side (W. Facing)

Sidewinder Rock - West Face
Grain Surgery Wall
Mud Wrestling Wall

Popular amongst those in the know, this can be a good place to escape the winds and even soak up the sun depending upon the time of day. A good balance of crack and face climbs exist here from 5.4 to 5.12b meaning something for just about everybody.

Some of the better routes here include Skinny Dip (5.7 R), Super Roof (5.9), Grain Surgery (5.10b), Sidewinder (5.10b), The Decompensator of Lhasa (5.10c), Diamondback (5.10c) and Jumping Jack Crack (5.11a).

Getting There

Two of the popular approaches for getting into Steve Canyon are as follows:

Hidden Valley CG Approach - Starting from the large lot at Hidden Valley Campgound walk along the west face of the Old Woman using a well-worn trail which leads directly to the mouth of Steve Canyon proper. This approach takes about 5-10 minutes depending upon which portion of Steve Canyon you plan on visiting.

Park Boulevard Approach - Park in one of several paved turnouts along Park Blvd. a short distance to the north of the turn into the Hidden Valley CG parking lot and follow a marked trail east to the mouth of Steve Canyon. The west face of Sidewinder Rock and it's distinctive slanting dike system is a good landmark. This approach takes about 5-10 minutes depending upon which portion of Steve Canyon you plan on visiting.

It's also quite easy to access this area from The Outback proper by heading west along the north side of The Blob and then south past the east face of Sidewinder Rock, circling around the southern end of that formation to arrive at the mouth of Steve Canyon.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Steve Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 10
Hoopharkz
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 80
Deflowered
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
 61
Skinny Dip
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 129
Super Roof
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a X
 30
Candelabra
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 56
The Orc
Trad
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b PG13
 55
Grain Surgery
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13
 174
Sidewinder
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13
 5
Diamondback
Trad
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 48
The Decompensator of Lhasa
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 14
Invisible Touch
Trad
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 50
Jumping Jack Crack
Trad
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 8
Let's Get Horizontal
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 7
Comfortably Numb
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Hoopharkz Grain Surgery Wall
 10
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad
Deflowered Grain Surgery Wall
 80
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Skinny Dip Sidewinder Rock - W Face
 61
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R Trad
Super Roof Super Roof Wall
 129
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Candelabra Orc Wall
 30
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a X Trad
The Orc Orc Wall
 56
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Grain Surgery Grain Surgery Wall
 55
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b PG13 Trad
Sidewinder Sidewinder Rock - W Face
 174
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13 Trad
Diamondback Sidewinder Rock - W Face
 5
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13 Trad
The Decompensator of Lhasa Grain Surgery Wall
 48
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Invisible Touch Sidewinder Rock - W Face
 14
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Jumping Jack Crack Sidewinder Rock - W Face
 50
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
Let's Get Horizontal Super Roof Wall
 8
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
Comfortably Numb Super Roof Wall
 7
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
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