Type: Ice, 400 ft, 4 pitches, Grade II
FA: Steve Henry and Jason Kartchner
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Shared By: S. O. on Jan 20, 2008 with improvements by greggrylls
Admins: Andrew Gram, Nathan Fisher, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq

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This is the most dependable flow in the area and a good one. Misrepresented in David Black's Ice Climbing Utah book, this is an excellent climb.
Pitch 1- WI-3 Fat 30-40 vertical flow starting at the end of the canyon. Belay from slings at a tree 15 feet back from the ice. continue up snow (class II) for 200' to the base of pitch 2
Pitch 2- WI-2 climb a short, thin flow for 30-40 feet. Usually done unroped. Continue up snow (class II) for 100' to the base of pitch 3.
Pitch 3- WI-2 climb a short, thin flow for 40 feet. Usually done unroped. If this is melted out it can be climbed at M3/4 R
Pitch 4 WI-4 The goods. This is what it is all about. Climb a thin flow for 35' to the inner-sanctum ledge, then climb another 50' to another ledge. Look ten feet up to a tree- that's your anchor. Climb up and around to sling anchor. The ice can be thin for the last 10 feet to the ledge. 60 M rope required.

Descend rap route.


Take highway 143 towards Brian Head. At approximately mile 9 there is a pullout on the right and a trail across the road heading East. There is a small sign just off of the highway (good luck seeing it). You're most likely to see the footbridge crossing the stream. Hike East for about fifteen minutes into the prominent canyon. The end of the canyon is the beginning of the climb.


Belgrade, MT
Kartch   Belgrade, MT
Scott the FA should read - Steve Henry and Jason Kartchner. Steve led all but the first step and Jason belayed like a hero. Steve's original name for the climb was Skippy's Beret but that didn't stick.

Hidden Haven's last pitch is thin at the beginning of the year (WI4) but comes in fat as the season progresses (WI3). You can bypass the first pitch on years that it doesn't come in to access the ice above by climbing a crack left of the flow (5.8 or C1). I've climbed this route as late as April 20th. Not bad for S. Utah. Feb 13, 2008
Kai Larson
Sandy, Utah
Kai Larson   Sandy, Utah
One of the most aesthetic ice climbs I've ever done. Wonderful situation, climbing ice in a red rock slot canyon. Mar 7, 2014
Grant Pearon
slc utah
Grant Pearon   slc utah
Is this the same canyon as Benson Creek? It sure looks like it, it is a fun canyon if you want to get in to canyoneering. Nov 1, 2016
JK- Branin
Southern New Hampshire
JK- Branin   Southern New Hampshire

Yes, it is the same canyon as Benson creek. The whole area back there by the falls has been called hidden haven by the locals for as long as I lived down there, although I never heard anyone at DNR (the Utah agency that manages the land there) call it that.

Haven't done the ice climb, but it is beautiful back there. It's worth the trip back to see if it's in just to hang out back there for a few minutes. Great spot. Dec 31, 2016
Salt Lake City
greggrylls   Salt Lake City
The approach description is off. Before mile 9 more like mile 8.5 there is a very obvious pullout with log fences on the left side of the road while driving up canyon towards Brian head. We got here in the dark and wandered around for a couple hours trying to find a "trail" across from mile 9. Nope. I don't know how we missed the large sign but it's there. From there follow the approach description. If you hit the amphitheater of benches or start climbing up a steep hill and switchbacks you are not on the right trail. Mar 6, 2018