Description

About 800 feet above the Utah Valley, and just north of Rock Canyon, the Hinterlands is great late fall, winter, or early spring area for sport climbers. With over 50 routes, these limestone walls face due south and west. Even during times of inversion, this area sits just above the smog line, making it a nice getaway. The routes range from 5.4 to 5.13+. With a 20 minute hike, it is an nice, quiet place to get away and still be close to the city.

Topos

High resolution topos by Kory Kowallis:

South Face

West Face

Getting There

Drive toward Rock Canyon. At the four way stop above the Provo Temple, go north onto 1200 East. Continue on 1200 East for 0.8 miles. At the t-intersection, turn right into a cul-de-sac (Piute Drive). There will be a dirt road going up to the shoreline trail. Either drive up the road or park here. Walk or drive up the road for about 150 yards then head back south. At the top of the hill, look for the trail heading up the mountain. It starts out as an old deer trail and then gets better. 20 – 30 minutes.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Hinterlands

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 9
Rise and Shine
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 16
Helga the Berner
Sport
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 9
Wake n' Bake
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 41
Hinterlander
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 29
Solar Flare
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 7
Enlightenment
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 12
Sundowner
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 13
The Peach
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 6
Sunday in the Park
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 8
The Shield
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 7
Taken
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 6
Phosphorescence
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 8
Norma Brow
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 8
The Illustrious One
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 8
Radiance
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Rise and Shine South-Facing Wall
 9
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Helga the Berner South-Facing Wall
 16
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Wake n' Bake South-Facing Wall
 9
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Hinterlander South-Facing Wall
 41
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Solar Flare South-Facing Wall
 29
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Enlightenment South-Facing Wall
 7
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Sundowner South-Facing Wall
 12
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
The Peach South-Facing Wall
 13
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Sunday in the Park South-Facing Wall
 6
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
The Shield South-Facing Wall
 8
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Taken South-Facing Wall
 7
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Phosphorescence South-Facing Wall
 6
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Norma Brow South-Facing Wall
 8
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
The Illustrious One South-Facing Wall
 8
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Radiance South-Facing Wall
 8
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
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Here are the links to the higher resolution pdf for the west and the south face.
dropbox.com/s/mtxfxnyqzhom7…
dropbox.com/s/494r2z5reagwq… Mar 1, 2015
Nice area, thought the routes we climbed had an interesting rock texture compared to what we are used to in Rock Canyon. Note on the approach: when you're on the hill, looking for the trail that goes up the mountain, you should see a tree. Go up left of the tree, which, like mentioned, becomes a small trail that starts off pretty steep but gets better. It will switch back several time. If you're on talus, you're too far south. Don't do what we did and climb it. It's a lot worse than the trail. Jul 21, 2015
The approach to this area is undersold. its a nearly vertical 20 to 30 minute hike. I wanted to climb here but a friend I brought, albeit, a bit out of shape, gave up 1/3 of the way there, and we headed down with him to climb another area. Ill be back though! With more in shape friends of course haha. May 7, 2018
You may need decent clearance and possibly 4wd to drive up the dirt road from the cul de sac. But definitely do it if you can. It will save you 10-15 minutes of steep uphill hiking before the even more steep trail starts. When the dirt road ends, the trail is to your left left if you’re facing uphill. It was fairly easy to find and pretty nice the whole way. The comment about staying left of the tree is spot on. I would recommend saving this area for cooler days or early mornings. Wear good shoes!! Aug 4, 2018
Glenn Ritter
Sandy, UT
Glenn Ritter   Sandy, UT
Always fun to visit a new area, but to inform climbers out there thinking of making the steep uphill hike, just know this crag isn't home to the highest quality rock or routes. Great views and good times with friends to be had for sure. The developers put a lot of work into the crag and the trail, but just nothing you can do about nodular and friable limestone. This rock is much more thinly layered and degraded limestone than AF or other places. Fun to be had, but just letting folks know what they will encounter relative to other crags out there.

To clarify on the approach yet one more time... All but 4x4's will need to park on the pavement given current road conditions. It only adds a few minutes to the walk so no big deal. Walk up the steep dirt road for a few minutes which angles left (north) to a flat parking area. Now turn right (south) and walk further up the road a few more minutes to a second flat area / rise. The rough road keeps going south (and downhill) along the mountain, but the climber trail actually heads straight up the hill from this second rise. (There is also a faint deer trail that also angles up and left from this rise, and that is not the climbers trail. The climbers trail goes more straight up at first through the grass and left of the trees as mentioned in another post) It will steeply zig zag up the mountain and will take most folks about 20 mins or so. Oct 24, 2018