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Hidden Haven 


Type:  Ice, 4 pitches, 400', Grade II
Original: WI4 [details]
FA: Steve Henry and Jason Kartchner
Season: winter
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Submitted By: S. O. on Jan 20, 2008

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Upper section of pitch 4. Photo by Casey Niederhau...


This is the most dependable flow in the area and a good one. Misrepresented in David Black's Ice Climbing Utah book, this is an excellent climb.
Pitch 1- WI-3 Fat 30-40 vertical flow starting at the end of the canyon. Belay from slings at a tree 15 feet back from the ice. continue up snow (class II) for 200' to the base of pitch 2
Pitch 2- WI-2 climb a short, thin flow for 30-40 feet. Usually done unroped. Continue up snow (class II) for 100' to the base of pitch 3.
Pitch 3- WI-2 climb a short, thin flow for 40 feet. Usually done unroped.
Pitch 4 WI-4 The goods. This is what it is all about. Climb a thin flow for 35' to the inner-sanctum ledge, then climb another 50' to another ledge. Look ten feet up to a tree- that's your anchor. Climb up and around to sling anchor. The ice can be thin for the last 10 feet to the ledge. 60 M rope required.

Descend rap route.


Take highway 143 towards Brian Head. At approximately mile 9 there is a pullout on the right and a trail across the road heading East. There is a small sign just off of the highway (good luck seeing it). You're most likely to see the footbridge crossing the stream. Hike East for about fifteen minutes into the prominent canyon. The end of the canyon is the beginning of the climb.



Photos of Hidden Haven Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Matt Scullion climbing one of the middle pitches o...
Matt Scullion climbing one of the middle pitches o...
Rock Climbing Photo: First pitch of Hidden Haven - Brian Cabe climbing....
First pitch of Hidden Haven - Brian Cabe climbing....
Rock Climbing Photo: 1st ice step, leading into the canyon
1st ice step, leading into the canyon
Rock Climbing Photo: Last pitch, Hidden Haven
Last pitch, Hidden Haven
Rock Climbing Photo: Pitch 4  12/19/09
BETA PHOTO: Pitch 4 12/19/09
Rock Climbing Photo: Pitch 4
Pitch 4

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By Kartch
From: Belgrade, MT
Feb 13, 2008

Scott the FA should read - Steve Henry and Jason Kartchner. Steve led all but the first step and Jason belayed like a hero. Steve's original name for the climb was Skippy's Beret but that didn't stick.

Hidden Haven's last pitch is thin at the beginning of the year (WI4) but comes in fat as the season progresses (WI3). You can bypass the first pitch on years that it doesn't come in to access the ice above by climbing a crack left of the flow (5.8 or C1). I've climbed this route as late as April 20th. Not bad for S. Utah.
By Kai Larson
From: Sandy, Utah
Mar 7, 2014

One of the most aesthetic ice climbs I've ever done. Wonderful situation, climbing ice in a red rock slot canyon.
By Grant Pearon
From: slc utah
Nov 1, 2016

Is this the same canyon as Benson Creek? It sure looks like it, it is a fun canyon if you want to get in to canyoneering.
By JK-
From: SLC
Dec 31, 2016


Yes, it is the same canyon as Benson creek. The whole area back there by the falls has been called hidden haven by the locals for as long as I lived down there, although I never heard anyone at DNR (the Utah agency that manages the land there) call it that.

Haven't done the ice climb, but it is beautiful back there. It's worth the trip back to see if it's in just to hang out back there for a few minutes. Great spot.

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