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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

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;ll=40.445106,-111.696697&spn=0.001815,0.003431&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=78.09101,143.261719&t=h&z=19&layer=c&cbll=40.445078,-111.696824&panoid=ix-Ar_KXKCr6uLblU1o0Bg&cbp=12,37.02,,0,7.6 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;hl=en&ll=40.445265,-111.698862&spn=0.002378,0.004372&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=78.09101,143.261719&t=h&z=19 ).

Follow the fairly well-developed trail uphill to the walls. Plan on approximately 45 minutes from the parking.

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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
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
Went early June 2018. Some great climbs but the approach was pretty brutal. It isn't very far, but is incredibly steep. The trail was at times impossible to find, non existent, and otherwise in major need of work. Very loose talus and sliding gravel the whole way. Took almost an hour out of an abundance of caution. Getting between the South and West facing walls is an incredible epic. Do not go to this crag with dogs or young kids. Jun 2, 2018
Zane Dordai
Salt Lake City
Zane Dordai   Salt Lake City
This approach is not 30 minutes (more like 45 mins-1hr), and it is extremely steep/loose. Use caution and leash your dog if they must come. Also, lots of bees at the base of the wall but they seem to mostly disappear once the walls go in the shade. Jun 2, 2018
kalockwood   SLC, UT
A couple additions to the approach beta once you've located Beer Can Alley:
Pass Beer Can Alley and continue along the trail (west) until you quickly come across a scree-filled gully. The trail stays out of the gully and heads up the right side, steeply switching back and forth. After only a couple minutes, this trail will start to disappear. If you look to your left, you should see a short cliff with a small alcove (there are actually a couple bolted routes too). Cut across the scree gully just above this alcove, and the trail should pick up again on the left side of the gully. From here, there is a steep trail that is intact all the way up to the Hideaway. It weaves in and out of the trees that are on the left side of the gully. It crosses the scree field only once or twice, but for the most part stays on the left side of the gully. Plan on 30 minutes from Beer Can Alley if you're taking your time. Nov 12, 2018