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Remains of the fixed line, post Fuller fire.


The sandstone spire of Mount Hayden, perched over Nankoweap canyon, tops out at an elevation of 8372 feet. It's dramatic profile is one of the most often photographed scenes in Grand Canyon National Park. It is also very likely the most often climbed summit in the park by technical rock climbers, no surprise given the obvious appeal of it's lofty summit. It is a special experience to reach the pool table flat summit of Hayden, and gaze into the depths of the Grand Canyon, far below.

The peak is named for Charles T Hayden, an Arizona pioneer who originally came to the state in 1858 on the first overland stage to Tucson. He was called the "father of Tempe" after establishing the first store there in 1870, as well as constructing and operating the first flour mill. The mill still exists. Father of US Senator Carl Hayden.

There are several routes (all technical climbing) to the summit of Mount Hayden, the most popular of which is the South Face (5.8) route, a moderate challenge for most climbers, once the approach to the peak has been done. There is also the harder Pegasus (5.10+) route on the east side if you're looking for a bigger challenge.

Virtually every climber will tell you that the crux of any climb on Mount Hayden is the approach. Getting down the loose and rocky slopes to the climbs is a struggle to say the least. There is a detailed description on this approach included in the comment area for the South Face route on Hayden.


The peak is accessed via Point Imperial (8800 feet) off the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. You can reach Point Imperial by driving south from Jacob Lake until you reach Fuller Canyon Road/Cape Royal Road (approximately 3 miles north of the north rim lodge), the road forks at about 5 miles. Take the left fork about 3 miles to Point Imperial. From the lookout, you can't miss Mount Hayden.

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For the Northern Arizona area.

Weather station 7.2 miles from here

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Classic Climbing Routes in Mount Hayden

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Mount Hayden:
South Face   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   
Pegasus   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 350'   
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South Face 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  AZ : Northern Arizona : ... : Mount Hayden
Lots and lots of people have seen pictures of Mt. Hayden and wondered where that cool peak is located and if it's climbable. It's a great climb in an incredible location!!!The peak is located (and easily seen) off the north rim of the Grand Canyon from Point Imperial. The approach (and hike back out) is the crux of the day, but the South Face route is pretty mellow and the summit is five-star!Get a copy of Grand Canyon Summits by the Tomasi brothers for more information!...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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By Blake M
Sep 27, 2016
Climbed Pegasus 9/25/16 and the approach was burned out by the Fuller fire earlier this summer. We encountered almost no Mexican Locust on the approach, however, new seedlings were already popping up, I would imagine it will have grown back in a year.

The gully was quite loose as the fire burned down it all the way to the Hermit ridge. The fixed line is also gone, all that we found was a small patch of melted nylon near the tree it was attached to. It was plenty easy to scramble down the gully without it, even with packs on, didn't really seem like it was needed.

As for the route its self, the climbing is mediocre but the summit is 5 stars and well worth the adventure.

In classic Grand Canyon style, the rap is down the lowest angle and most vegetated face. The hardware on the raps is okay, the highlight being the two stardrive/leaper hanger bolts 'equalized' with an American death triangle at the second station.

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