Elevation: 6,000 ft
GPS: 39.744, -105.243 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Josh on Mar 26, 2015 with improvements by Jeremy Bauman
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC

Description

The Lower Tier is larger than it appears from the parking area - the bottom 2/3 of all the walls are hidden in the trees. It is broken into several sections, with an upper face perched above the East Wall and the Recessed Slab on the left side. This upper face allows for a few high-quality 2-pitch routes. Many of the climbs at the Lower Tiers are characterized by low cruxes. In some cases, the crux is just getting off the ground....

The Lower Tier gets direct sun only in the afternoons, but in the summer, the sun can break over the ridge line above at midday and shine directly down the lines of ascent, making it hard to look up at your next holds when youÂ’'re climbing or at your partner above you when you're belaying. It is a bit of an annoyance, but the effect only lasts for an hour or so.

The Lower Tier has a narrow strip of terrain that hugs the base of the walls, but after that the ground drops off steeply. Thus, it is not the safest place for bringing small children.

Getting There

From the main parking area (on the switchback) described on the main page for the Tiers of Zion, cross the road, and follow the trail starting at the wag bag station. The trail crosses the open slope, enters the trees, and then ascends to the base of the Lower Tier, arriving at the start of Buffalo Soldier, on the left end of the Middle Wall.  Be cautious - this is exactly where one of the area's rattlesnakes has been seen on several occasions.

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The Tiers of Zion from the trail. for an overview photo.

If you are at the Lower Tiers and want to go the Upper, it is best to walk back on the main trail to the junction, rather than scrambling directly to the base of the Upper Tier. That terrain is steep and loose and threatens the main trail with rockfall.

Rattlesnake warning!

Note, there was a rattlesnake right on the trail just below the climbs as you approach!

22 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Lower Tier

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 31
Trenchtown
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 143
Irie
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 143
The Burning Bush
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 134
Don't Rock My Boat
Sport 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 37
Beauty for Ashes
Sport
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 72
The Belay Brothers Bounce Back
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 203
Three Little Birds
Sport
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 68
Zion Train
Sport 2 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 102
Buffalo Soldier
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 81
Old Pirates
Sport
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 9
Good Tidings
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 23
Small Axe
Sport
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
 3
Please Pick Up Your Trash
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Trenchtown A. E Wall
 31
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Sport
Irie A. E Wall
 143
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
The Burning Bush A. E Wall
 143
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Don't Rock My Boat B. Recessed Slab
 134
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport 2 pitches
Beauty for Ashes A. E Wall
 37
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
The Belay Brothers Bounce Back C. Middle & W Walls
 72
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Three Little Birds C. Middle & W Walls
 203
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Zion Train A. E Wall
 68
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport 2 pitches
Buffalo Soldier C. Middle & W Walls
 102
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Old Pirates C. Middle & W Walls
 81
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Good Tidings C. Middle & W Walls
 9
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Small Axe C. Middle & W Walls
 23
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Please Pick Up Your Trash C. Middle & W Walls
 3
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Trad
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