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Lady Mountain Rock Climbing 

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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 >>>


To climbers, Lady Mountain is the beautiful and impressively shear, north facing wall in the upper Emerald pools area. From it's summit, this 2,200' wall is perhaps the steepest, and smoothest in Zion. One grade VI has been done here. The upper pools area is memorable as you are surrounded on 3 sides by large sandstone monoliths. Heaps and Behunin canyons drain into this stunning area.

The southeast side sports the standard mountaineers hike to the summit. A short rope will be needed for a few pitches along this cool trail. Views from the summit are unique. The hike takes at least 1/2 a day...Great hike, A must do!

Getting There 

Take the Emerald Pools trail.

Climbing Season

For the Zion National Park area.

Weather station 2.7 miles from here

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Classic Climbing Routes in Lady Mountain

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Lady Mountain:
Original Route   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, 2 pitches, 2675'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Summit marker.

Original Route 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c  Utah : Zion National Park : Lady Mountain
Called the "Old Cable Route" or the "Mountaineers Route", this is the easiest way to the summit of Lady Mt.It is what is left over after all the old cables were removed. I guess you could say it is somewhat manufactured. There are many moki steps on the route. It is a fun route.From the Zion Lodge, Cross the road and take the Middle Emerald Pools trail. Approx. 1/2 mile past the bridge, take the climbers trail on the left. This is about 100' past a "Do Not Roll Rocks Below" sign.Round trip dista...[more]   Browse More Classics in Utah

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Rock Climbing Photo: Holly Hamilton & Jolae Koehler on the summit block...
Holly Hamilton & Jolae Koehler on the summit block...
Rock Climbing Photo: Signs like this (occasionally) show the way
BETA PHOTO: Signs like this (occasionally) show the way
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunrise on Lady Mountain
Sunrise on Lady Mountain
Rock Climbing Photo: The top block of Lady Mountain.  The views from up...
The top block of Lady Mountain. The views from up...
Rock Climbing Photo: Belaying hikers up short second 5th class section ...
BETA PHOTO: Belaying hikers up short second 5th class section ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Courney Purcell at anchor bolt above first 5th cla...
BETA PHOTO: Courney Purcell at anchor bolt above first 5th cla...
Rock Climbing Photo: First 5th class section on Lady Mountain mountaine...
BETA PHOTO: First 5th class section on Lady Mountain mountaine...

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By Buzz Burrell
From: Boulder
Jun 14, 2008
The was a trail constructed in 1923 to take guests from Zion Lodge to the top of Lady Mountain. A very ambitious route, it was abandoned by the Park Service in the 60's, which means it now is a great scramble route! Best done when it's cool or even drizzly, a rope is not needed, a handline might help, and you have to navigate and look carefully to follow remnants of the trail. It's worth it.

Route description (excellent canyoneering site) here:

I went from the Bridge to the plaque on top in 64:32; the r/t was 1:48:28 including taking wrong turn on the way down.
By raygay
From: Las Vegas, Nevada
Nov 13, 2008
Buzz, that's a very impressive time for this very steep and convoluted trail. Most people, even those in good shape, should plan for a half-day outing. For those attempting this hike for the first time, I'd suggest reserving the whole day, both to deal with route finding on a trail that is easy to lose in places and to enjoy the magnificent vistas from the summit over a leisurely lunch. Also, keep in mind that the east face gets sun all morning long and can be very hot from May to September. There is no water available on the trail.

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