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Routes in West Temple

Back Where It All Begins T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c A3+ R
Big Lebowski T 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13
Big Lie T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b R
Southwest Ridge T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Type: Trad, 4000 ft, Grade III
FA: 1933, Newell and Norman Crawford
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Shared By: brucelacroix on Jan 5, 2016
Admins: Andrew Gram, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq

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Seasonal Raptor Closures ***** RAIN AND WET ROCK ***** The sandstone in Zion is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Holds rip off and climbs have been and will continue to be permanently damaged due to climbers not respecting this phenomenon. After a heavy storm the rock will remain wet, sometimes for several days. PLEASE DO NOT CLIMB IN ZION during or after rain. A good rule of thumb is that if the ground near your climb is at all damp (and not powdery dry sand), then do not climb. There are many alternatives (limestone, granite, basalt, and plastic) nearby. Seasonal Raptor Closures Details


The crux is near the summit, A short 5.7 pitch with a few bolts.
Most of this route is a class 2 and 3 scramble with some class 4 and a short 5.7 pitch. Stay near the ridge.

6.5 miles round trip +/-
4,000' elevation gain +/-

Ratings range from 5.6 to 5.8 for this route.


Hike cross country to the notch between Mt. Kinesava and West Temple.

To get to the start, find the Chinle trailhead in Springdale. This th is located in the Anasazi Way subdivision. Zion N.P. has a right of way here. Please stay off posted land.


Small rack and 50m rope for descent.
A full day of slogging up steep terrain, literal mountains of loose rock, and dizzying exposure on extremely narrow terrain is rewarded with incredible views. Totally worth it. Look around and you'll find some raps avail to bypass the cruxes on descent. Only used a 0.3 & 0.4 cam and a few slings on the only real pitch, but brought up to #1, a few med nuts and one strand of a 70m half rope (short pitch). The second of the three bolts encountered is jacked, partially pulled out & angled. Apr 1, 2016