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Description

The Hideaway is a pair of limestone (what else?) walls located several hundred feet above the canyon floor on the north side of the canyon. The area has a deserved reputation for a long approach (by American Fork standards) and difficult routes for hard men and women.

However, there are a surprising number of moderates in the 5.10 range for we soft-bodied climbers.

The area consists of two walls, one south-east facing, the other west-facing. As such, shade is available for much of the day in the warmer months (and supposedly, winter climbing is pleasant on sunny days).

Click here for an oblique, aerial view of the walls.

Note that there are many lines newer than the Ruckman guidebook. Some, but not all, of these appear in Darren Knezek's A Climber's Guide to Select Walls in American Fork Canyon from several years ago. As usual, complete information can always be obtained from Mountainworks in Provo.
Located in a National Forest Fee Area Details

Getting There

Drive past the National Monument parking area and, just after the river crosses under the road from right to left, look for a large turnout on the left side of the road with utility lines running parallel to the road. Here you can see a Google Street-view photo of the turnout.

Park here and head west along the north side of the river under the utility lines.

After a minute or two, you'll pass Beer Can Alley on the right (north), a west-facing area of brown limestone. Continue onward a short distance and the trail will come upon and travel over a section of large, exposed pipe running parallel to the trail. Approximately 25 paces beyond the pipe turn north (uphill) and head up a narrow talus spill that is blocked by a large, fallen tree (you can see the tree here ).

Follow the fairly well-developed trail uphill to the walls. Plan on approximately 25-35 minutes from the parking.

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Taylor Roy
Salt Lake City, UT
Taylor Roy   Salt Lake City, UT
We were at Hideaway on Feb 15. Once we were across the river if took us about 30 minutes to slowly hike from the bottom of the drainage to the base of the wall(this included a few stops). Unfortunately, most of the routes were wet- especially the steep sections at the bottom of the wall.

The West face went into the sun around noon and stayed sunny until 4pm. It also seemed much drier than the South face.

The South face gets early morning sun and stayed sunny until 3pm.

It was 47F and we had a very pleasant day at the Hideaway. We were almost too warm climbing in the sun, and managed a few pitches in the shade before leaving.

Watch for falling ice(especially in the gullies, corners, and washes). Also, be sure to inspect the fixed draws and bolts, much of it is very weathered. Feb 16, 2017
Dean Moriarty   Provo
My buddy and I hit up the Hideaway last weekend ( end of Feb. 2016). Great weather, in sun all day. The west wall was shaded until noon, and a majority of the snow was melted. A real push to the routes, but quite pleasant. A great view of the canyon, and the valley. We found two groups of guys cranking it on projects and they shared their knowledge to us, two novice dirtbags young lads. I would imagine the Hideaway and the walls near it, would be less crowded in peak times. Due to the steep incline to reach the walls. Bolts looked good, rock was in good shape, no complaints. Mar 4, 2016

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