The Egg, The Canyon, & The Chicken (Hyperion Slab)...
The Canyon is the narrow shady canyon formed by the two huge sandstone conglomerate domes, the Elephant's Head and the Hatchery, nearest to the parking area. The Canyon can be accessed from either end, north or south, but the most straight forward is by walking around the south end of the Elephant's Head (aka the Chicken/Hyperion Slab) and following the trail as it winds to the right (north) and walk uphill between the The Egg (on the left) and the Elephant's Head (the huge formation on the right). There are climbs on both the west and east walls of The Canyon. Many easy and moderate sport climbs ranging in difficulty from 5.5 - 5.10b/c ascend the lower angled east (right) wall of The Canyon, with several two pitch routes, while routes on the west wall range from 5.9 - 5.11.
From the parking area, walk up the road past the locked white gate. Continue up the road for ~ 100 yds. until the crag comes into sight and take the dirt track, on the right, that diagonals down toward the crag with the caves on its east face (Elephant's Head/Hyperion Slab). Follow the dirt track down the hill and skirt the south end of the large slab (Hyperion Slab) and continue until the trail winds to the north (right) and up the hill into the First Corridor.
To approach The Canyon from the north end, follow the fire road from the parking area down the hill until nearly to the caves on the east face of the Elephant's Head. Take the path toward the caves and go right, and down the hill, skirting the right shoulder of the formation. Continue ~ 50 yds along the base of the north side of the Elephant's Head (this is the Pangea Wall) until The Canyon appears, on the left.
Weather station 5.2 miles from here
18 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in The Canyon
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Canyon :
Agua Negro 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 110'
Pick Pocket 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 160'
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