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Routes in Haystack Mountain

A Road to Nowhere T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13
Caught in the Act T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Central Corner T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Flash Flood T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Grassy Goat Route T 4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b
Infinity Slab T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R
Labor Day T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13
Lowe-Spark T 5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c A0
Major Dihedral T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C1 R
Minor Dihedral T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
North Face T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Pika Alliteration T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Pitch off T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Railroad Tracks T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Rapture, The T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13
Seams Thin T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R
Southern Wall Left T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
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Type: Trad, Alpine, 1000 ft, 8 pitches, Grade IV
FA: Tim Wolfe and Chris Abbott 1995
Page Views: 171 total · 2/month
Shared By: Tim Wolfe on Aug 6, 2010
Admins: Lauren Heerschap, Mike Snyder, Jake Dickerson, Taylor Spiegelberg

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This route is a nice addition to the crowded minor and major dihedral options on the North Tower of Haystack Mountain. Be aware that it has one very run out thin slab climbing (smears) pitch that is considerably more difficult than the rest of the route.

Begin at the left side of the grassy point that can be used to access the minor dihedral route.
Pitch 1: Climb to the red stained notch in the dihedral immediately above the far left point of grass. 4th class
Pitch 2: Climb the dihedral and left hand flake at its end. Step right (5.8) to a right facing overlap, then up to 2 very old 1/4 inch bolts. From there traverse left into the corner of a right facing dihedral. 5.8 150 ft.
Pitch 3: Avoid the obvious corner above, instead traverse right then face climb up to a thin right facing flake/undercling system. Follow it until it ends in a small roof with a thin crack above. Belay just below this ( a #4 friend is helpful for the belay). 5.8 100 ft.
Pitch 4: Climb the thin crack which becomes a seam. Face climb with protection in the seam (RP's or steel nuts are useful), then pick up a right facing wide corner and take it to a ledge system. 5.10d 150 ft.
Pitch 5: Move the belay 50 feet to the right to large blocks. Face climb off these blocks into a long right facing/right leaning corner system ( a white flake marks the first part of the corner about 15 feet above the blocks). Follow this corner until a large roof can be seen intersecting the corner system to the left. A good hold 20 feet below this roof allows you to pull out of the initial dihedral and into the adjacent main system on the left. 5.9 120 feet.
Pitch 6: Follow the large dihedral to its end. 5.9 120 feet.
Pitch 7: Climb out the steep wall to the left passing the roof on its left side. Angle up left through some good then bad red rock and end up in clean granite at the start of a large left leaning, left facing dihedral. 5.9 160 ft.
Pitch 8: Climb 20 feet up the dihedral, then hand traverse a crack out right to a second left facing/ left leaning dihedral. Climb it 50 to 60 feet, again hand traverse a crack to the right and arrive in 4th class terrain. 5.9 160 feet.


The route is on the North tower of Haystack Mountain to the right of the minor dihedral. The first two pitches have clearly been climbed in the distant past, it is not clear if the other pitches are new but this description adds another exciting and challenging route for this busy climbing area.


Standard granite mountain rack. Have at least one large cam (3.5 to 4 inches) for the 3rd belay and RP's/steel nuts for the 4th pitch seam before the run out face.


Charles Vernon
mind & body in Colorado, he…
Charles Vernon   mind & body in Colorado, he…
Any idea what the "obvious corner" on P3 goes at or was there a reason you avoided it for the run-out seam? Wondering if it could be more in line with the rest of the climbing on the route making for a good alternative to the Minor for those who can't/won't step up to 10d R climbing. 1 day ago
Tim Wolfe
Salt Lake City, UT
Tim Wolfe   Salt Lake City, UT  
I recall that we were looking for a more difficult line and the seam looked very interesting from the ground. The dihedral to the left had likely been climbed previously (old bolts in the area) so we ventured further right. I think the dihedral will definitely go and probably be easier but I have not been up on that section of Haystack in 15 years so I could be wrong. It might make the route more accessible to others as the slab is pretty seriously run out and not recommended unless you are very solid at that grade on slabs. 1 day ago

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