Grand Canyon Rock Climbing
Grand Canyon from approach. Photo by Blitzo.
This is a collection of two walls facing each other separated by a valley or canyon, hence the name. Routes are found on both east and west faces, so there is usually something sunny or shady depending on the time of day.
The rock quality is fairly decent and routes tend to average 50-80' with faces, cracks and even some mixed routes found here.
Routes to check out here include Grand Canyon Donkey Trail
(5.10a) a thin slab that crosses a dike visible from the parking area, For Peter
(5.11c) another climb with a dike involving some wild moves and The Woodshed
(5.11d) a tricky thin crack that will grab your attention.
From the Split Rock parking area follow a climber's trail southwest, aiming for a wall with a distinctive diagonal dike system clearly visible on the approach. Turn left into a bushy, rock-filled valley after 200 yards to access the base of this wall.
This east-facing wall with the dike is the Grand Canyon Wall, and the west-facing wall across the valley goes by the same name. Routes are found on both these walls as well as the backside (west face) of the wall with the dike.
Climbing Season For the Split Rocks area.
Weather station 8.7 miles from here
19 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',10],['Bomb',1]
Classic Climbing Routes in Grand Canyon
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Grand Canyon:
Featured Route For Grand Canyon
For Peter 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
: Joshua Tree National Park
: ... : Grand Canyon - West Wall (W...
Climb easy face to a horizontal dike. Follow the dike left using heel hooks and hand holds to a strenuous mantle. Continue up past two bolts on thin face to the top. I believe [the "R" rating] is justified because if you come off while doing the difficult mantle just under the 5th bolt (10 feet directly left of the 4th bolt) you will take a nasty pendulum and the rope may hit a sharp edge on a portion of the discontinuous dike....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
BETA PHOTO: Grand Canyon - West Wall (E. Face)