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Elevation: 6,451 ft 1,966 m
GPS: 40.4476, -111.7005
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Shared By: Perin Blanchard on Apr 29, 2012
Admins: Andrew Gram, Perin Blanchard, GRK, D Crane
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Description Suggest change

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.

Getting There Suggest change

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 45 minutes from the parking.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Hideaway

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 24
Charlie Don't Surf
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 43
Drop Anchor
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13
 37
Sea Cliff
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 22
Oysters Rockefeller
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 23
Daiquiri Ice
Sport
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
 17
Lion Fish
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 35
Cinnamon Bay
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 27
Bamboo
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 5
Dark Rum
Sport
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 7
Maritime
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 23
Margarita
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 15
Sea Tomato
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 10
Green Violetear
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 8
Tropical Depression
Sport
5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c
 4
Blue Typhoon
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Charlie Don't Surf South-Facing Wall
 24
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Drop Anchor South-Facing Wall
 43
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Sea Cliff South-Facing Wall
 37
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13 Sport
Oysters Rockefeller South-Facing Wall
 22
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Daiquiri Ice South-Facing Wall
 23
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Lion Fish South-Facing Wall
 17
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Sport
Cinnamon Bay South-Facing Wall
 35
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Bamboo South-Facing Wall
 27
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Dark Rum South-Facing Wall
 5
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Maritime West-facing Wall
 7
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Margarita South-Facing Wall
 23
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Sea Tomato South-Facing Wall
 15
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Green Violetear South-Facing Wall
 10
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
Tropical Depression South-Facing Wall
 8
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
Blue Typhoon South-Facing Wall
 4
5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c Sport
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