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Elevation: 6,000 ft 1,829 m
GPS: 39.74396, -105.24329
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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 you'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 Suggest change

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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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!

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

36 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
 88
Trenchtown
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 219
Irie
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 228
The Burning Bush
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 213
Don't Rock My Boat
Sport 2 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 48
Irreducible Complexity
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 111
Beauty for Ashes
Sport
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 110
The Belay Brothers Bounce Back
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 338
Three Little Birds
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 102
Zion Train
Sport 2 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 177
Buffalo Soldier
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 27
Rivers of Babylon
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 143
Old Pirates
Sport
5.11- 6c 22 VIII- 22 E3 5c
 31
Good Tidings
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 42
Small Axe
Sport
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
 4
Please Pick Up Your Trash
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Trenchtown A. E Wall
 88
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Sport
Irie A. E Wall
 219
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
The Burning Bush A. E Wall
 228
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Don't Rock My Boat B. Recessed Slab
 213
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport 2 pitches
Irreducible Complexity B. Recessed Slab
 48
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Beauty for Ashes A. E Wall
 111
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
The Belay Brothers Bounce Back C. Middle & W Walls
 110
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Three Little Birds C. Middle & W Walls
 338
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Zion Train A. E Wall
 102
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport 2 pitches
Buffalo Soldier C. Middle & W Walls
 177
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Rivers of Babylon A. E Wall
 27
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Old Pirates C. Middle & W Walls
 143
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Good Tidings C. Middle & W Walls
 31
5.11- 6c 22 VIII- 22 E3 5c Sport
Small Axe C. Middle & W Walls
 42
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Please Pick Up Your Trash C. Middle & W Walls
 4
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Trad
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