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Grand Canyon Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 4,200'
Location: 34.0072, -116.0566 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: C Miller on Jul 14, 2002

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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.

Getting There 

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

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Grand Canyon:
For Paul   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Grand Canyon - West Wall (W...
For Peter   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a R     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Grand Canyon - West Wall (W...
The Woodshed   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Grand Canyon - West Wall (E...
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Rock Climbing Photo: Sarah beginning the crux section (old school 5.10a...

Grand Canyon Donkey Trail 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a California : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Grand Canyon - West Wall (E...
Begin this route by climbing to a high first bolt and then continue up on grainy friction past three more bolts, the last one being above the dike. Bolted anchor/rap on top.A fun climb that would be even better were the rock higher quality. Still, not a bad route and a recommended climb if in the area and wanting to do a slab route. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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