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Fat Hedral, The T 
Flip of a Coin T 
Intruder T 
Mean High Tide T 
No Holds Barred T 
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Squeeze Play T 
Tales of Flails T 
Touchstone Wall T 

Cerberus Gendarme Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 4,816'
Location: 37.27435, -112.94437 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: M. Morley on Jul 2, 2002
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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 MORE INFO >>>


The Cerberus Gendarme formation is on the east side of Zion Canyon - no need to cross the river!

The main attraction is the 8-pitch Touchstone Wall (IV 5.9 C2), a relatively short, but slightly harder wall in comparison to Moonlight Buttress. The route is a good choice for a first big wall venture, as the route goes straight up and retreat, if necessary, is straightforward (as opposed to Spaceshot past pitch 4).

Getting There 

Take the shuttle to the Big Bend stop (as for Prodigal Sun, Moonlight Buttress). The Cerberus Gendarme lies directly across the river from Moonlight Buttress. From the shuttle stop, backtrack the road for a couple hundred yards to the climbers' access trail. Look for the posted trail markers and please use them as to prevent unnecessary erosion! Approach time: 5 minutes.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.9 miles from here

15 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Cerberus Gendarme

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Cerberus Gendarme:
Cave Route   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Touchstone Wall   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2     Trad, Aid, 8 pitches, 820'   
Squeeze Play   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Cynthia's Hand Job   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches   
Tales of Flails   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 130'   
Cherry Crack   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 140'   
The Fat Hedral   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 85'   
Scarlet Begonias   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Mean High Tide   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 5 pitches, 600'   
Fails of Power   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 2 pitches, 80'   
Intruder   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 65'   
Electrica   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 130'   
Dire Wolf   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Marc after the bolt ladder on the 1st pitch.

Touchstone Wall 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2  Utah : Zion National Park : Cerberus Gendarme
HypeTouchstone is an excellent adventure and one of the greatest big walls of all time. Angel's Landing looms across the canyon and makes a scenic backdrop. What the route lacks in height it makes up for in wonderful aid and free climbing. Bivy ledges atop pitch 5 and on the summit make this an excellent first wall since no portaledge is necessary. Don't forget that a bivy permit is required for all overnight routes! This route was one of the earlier big wall routes done in ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Utah

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By Will Cobb
From: Flagstaff, AZ
May 25, 2005
My partner and I climbed a couple of the base routes on Cerberus a few days ago. We felt that they were of very high quality. We climbed Cherry Crack to the first anchor and Fails of Power to it's first anchor. Both routes were great and the other lines in this area look awesome too. If you have a little extra time in the park I would highly suggest getting on some of these lines.
By seamstress
Jun 9, 2009
There is an access trail that is only 50 paces, not several hundred yards from the shuttle stop. The access sign is not visible from the road, but a short way in. The use trail splits there. Go left for Cave Route and No Holds Barred. Further down the road (a few hundred yards), there is an access sign at the road. There is a maze of use trails there and much erosion. For these routes, it is probably better to use the first trail and go right at the split.
By Jon O'Brien
From: Nevada
Jan 9, 2012
can anyone comment on sun at this time( mid-winter) ? when does it come and go? trying to plan a trip for next week and wondering...



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