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Areas in Lower Tier

A. East Wall 3 / 4 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
B. Recessed Slab 1 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
C. Middle and West Walls 5 / 5 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10

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.

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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
 11
Trenchtown
Sport
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 3
Catch That Train
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 104
Irie
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 104
The Burning Bush
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 93
Don't Rock My Boat
Sport 2 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 55
The Belay Brothers Bounce Back
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 142
Three Little Birds
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 51
Zion Train
Sport 2 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 68
Buffalo Soldier
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 52
Old Pirates
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 16
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
 11
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Sport
Catch That Train A. E Wall
 3
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad
Irie A. E Wall
 104
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
The Burning Bush A. E Wall
 104
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Don't Rock My Boat B. Recessed Slab
 93
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport 2 pitches
The Belay Brothers Bounce Back C. Middle and W Walls
 55
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Three Little Birds C. Middle and W Walls
 142
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Zion Train A. E Wall
 51
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport 2 pitches
Buffalo Soldier C. Middle and W Walls
 68
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Old Pirates C. Middle and W Walls
 52
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Small Axe C. Middle and W Walls
 16
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Please Pick Up Your Trash C. Middle and W Walls
 3
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Trad
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plantmandan
Brighton, CO
plantmandan   Brighton, CO
Saw THREE rattlesnakes today. Two were hanging out about 25 feet to the right of where the trail hits the lower tier crag. Another was on the trail about halfway to the parking area as we were fleeing an incoming thunderstorm. Aug 9, 2016
Jonathan Stickel
Golden, CO
Jonathan Stickel   Golden, CO
Is it really necessary to split up Lower Tier into sub-areas? Sep 11, 2017

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