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YDS: 5.4 French: 4a Ewbanks: 12 UIAA: IV ZA: 10 British: VD 3c

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 2675', Grade III
Original:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
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Submitted By: brucelacroix on Jan 2, 2016

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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 >>>


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 distance: 3.8 miles. Elevation gain: 2,675 feet.

There are 2 or 3 short technical pitches and a lot of 3rd and 4th class scrambling with a lot of moki steps. The Park recommends an 80 foot rope. Shortly after leaving the Middle Emerald Pools trail, you will come to the start of the route, a 4th class section.

Follow your nose. The route wanders a bit. Look for the old hardware used when this route had cables installed on it. You may also see paint blazes and a lot of moki steps.


Climbers trail leaves the Middle Emerald Pools trail approx. 100'
past the "Do Not Roll Rocks Below" sign. This is about a 1/2 mile beyond the bridge over the Virgin River.


Most people take some gear and a short rope or webbing for the 2 or 3, 5th class sections. The pitches are short and most of the climb is a scramble.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Summit ridge wildflowers.
Summit ridge wildflowers.
Rock Climbing Photo: twisty junipers just before the climbers' trai...
BETA PHOTO: twisty junipers just before the climbers' trai...
Rock Climbing Photo: the interpretive sign ~100' from the climbers&...
the interpretive sign ~100' from the climbers&...
Rock Climbing Photo: summit view 2
summit view 2
Rock Climbing Photo: the last little bit to the summit proper
the last little bit to the summit proper
Rock Climbing Photo: remnant from the old via ferrata
remnant from the old via ferrata
Rock Climbing Photo: looking upcanyon
looking upcanyon
Rock Climbing Photo: more great views
more great views
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down at the start of the route.
BETA PHOTO: Looking down at the start of the route.
Rock Climbing Photo: Enroute.
Rock Climbing Photo: Enroute.
Rock Climbing Photo: Summit shot.
Summit shot.
Rock Climbing Photo: The chimney pitch.
BETA PHOTO: The chimney pitch.
Rock Climbing Photo: The crux of the climbing. Notice the old eye bolt.
BETA PHOTO: The crux of the climbing. Notice the old eye bolt.
Rock Climbing Photo: heading back down
heading back down
Rock Climbing Photo: DO NOT GO THIS WAY, Exit Gully to the Right, headi...
BETA PHOTO: DO NOT GO THIS WAY, Exit Gully to the Right, headi...
Rock Climbing Photo: Lady Mt from Zion Lodge
Lady Mt from Zion Lodge
Rock Climbing Photo: the peak from higher up
the peak from higher up
Rock Climbing Photo: another view of the peak
another view of the peak
Rock Climbing Photo: the second class 5 bit
the second class 5 bit
Rock Climbing Photo: crossing the river
crossing the river
Rock Climbing Photo: more ramps
more ramps
Rock Climbing Photo: the first scrambly obstacle
the first scrambly obstacle
Rock Climbing Photo: looking down one of the upper ramps
looking down one of the upper ramps

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By brucelacroix
From: Carson City, NV.
Jan 2, 2016

I have done this route twice. I did not find a need to be roped up. Webbing is useful for the exposed sections.
By Richard Shore
Jan 15, 2016
rating: Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c

Good scramble/hike to a scenic summit. We did this a rest day activity between harder technical climbs, and found it very worthwhile. Fit parties can do this in a 4-6 hours round trip. I've seen this listed as 5.6 elsewhere, but there is not much actual climbing - there are maybe 2 ten-to-fifteen foot sections of easy 5th class. The rest is hiking/3rd/4th on many chiseled steps and past old rusted relics of the former park service "trail". Painted markers are a bit of an eyesore, but allow for easy route finding.
By fossana
From: leeds, ut
Sep 18, 2016
rating: 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a

The arrows to all of the Emerald Pools now point to the right after the bridge since a landslide took out a section of the Middle Pools trail. Ignore the sign and go left, then up onto the Middle Pools trail when the lower trail dips down to the corral. Head upcanyon.
By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Sep 18, 2016

Soloed this in 1995 - a guy up top scoffed at me as I arrived, having seen me on the way up: "They have a trail up here, you know..." (shaking his head).
By Jacob Schmidt
From: Spokane, WA
Apr 2, 2017

Just did this route with a friend on March 30. We had to kick some steps in snow but nothing bad. A rope was nice for rappelling, but we definitely brought too much of a rack. I would recommend only bringing​ a .4 for the first pitch and a 2 for the second. The pitches are barely over 30 feet, so a single rack is overkill. We stashed our rope and extra water at the rapp anchors after the second pitch which made the rest of the ascent much more barable.

3 hours up, one hour on the summit, 2 hours down. Pretty average time for two out of shape losers.
By Klimbien
From: St.George Orem Denver Vegas
May 6, 2017

A few thoughts, just to clarify any confusion if your researching the route on other websites.
-Get off shuttle or park at the Lodge. Head slightly south to bridge over the river.
-Once across the bridge, the trail comes to a "T", Head south (Go Left). Other sites say follow signs to the middle Emerald pool Trail (which goes Right), I do not recommend this way.
-Follow the horse trail a few minutes and you'll come to a trail that as of 5/2017 has a sign that says the trail is closed branching off to the Right. Go up this trail. It has been washed out. many trees have fallen over the trail.
-Continue on the trail until you come to the sign warning of "DO NOT ROLL ROCKS", pass sign as many descriptions advise, look for an "obvious" climber trail going up hill (Left).
-Trail was fairly straight forward. We moved thru the various obstacles with little trouble. A 70 foot rope is plenty long. After passing 1 or 2 steep section and had moved to the far southern point of the trail, mid way up the trail we got lost and had to back track just prior to the last and most committing climbing section, just before the "endless staircase".
-The trail goes up a gully and amidst our conversation we followed the gully to the top, passing the appropriate turn towards the endless staircase. See Picture marked "Don't go this way" Instead head West (Right) uphill out of the gully and in 50 yards or so you'll come to the final steep obstacle. Many painted (though faded) arrows, cairns, and carved foot steps will lead the way.

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