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The Hideaway Rock Climbing 

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BETA PHOTO: The Hideaway is the shaded area.

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The Hideaway is a pair of limestone (what else?) walls located several hundred feet above the canyon floor on the north side of the canyon. The area has a deserved reputation for a long approach (by American Fork standards) and difficult routes for hard men and women.

However, there are a surprising number of moderates in the 5.10 range for we soft-bodied climbers.

The area consists of two walls, one south-east facing, the other west-facing. As such, shade is available for much of the day in the warmer months (and supposedly, winter climbing is pleasant on sunny days).

Click here for an oblique, aerial view of the walls.

Note that there are many lines newer than the Ruckman guidebook. Some, but not all, of these appear in Darren Knezek's A Climber's Guide to Select Walls in American Fork Canyon from several years ago. As usual, complete information can always be obtained from Mountainworks in Provo.

Getting There 

Drive past the National Monument parking area and, just after the river crosses under the road from right to left, look for a large turnout on the left side of the road with utility lines running parallel to the road. Here you can see a Google Street-view photo of the turnout.

Park here and head west along the north side of the river under the utility lines.

After a minute or two, you'll pass Beer Can Alley on the right (north), a west-facing area of brown limestone. Continue onward a short distance and the trail will come upon and travel over a section of large, exposed pipe running parallel to the trail. Approximately 25 paces beyond the pipe turn north (uphill) and head up a narrow talus spill that is blocked by a large, fallen tree (you can see the tree here ).

Follow the fairly well-developed trail uphill to the walls. Plan on approximately 25-35 minutes from the parking.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.9 miles from here

29 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',12],['1 Star',8],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Hideaway

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Hideaway:
Voltaire   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   West-facing Wall
Sundance   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   West-facing Wall
Sea Cliff   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   South-Facing Wall
Unknown   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   South-Facing Wall
Bamboo   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   South-Facing Wall
Cinnamon Bay   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   South-Facing Wall
Tropical Depression   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   South-Facing Wall
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This is one of the quintessential hard routes of American Fork - the one we have all stared at on the cover of the Ruckman guidebook. Nothing quite compares to the aesthetic beauty of the rock, and complexity of the movement required to put this thing down. This route is in your face from the get-go. Start off with a hard boulder problem utilizing very small crimps. I've seen it done two ways; it's probably the same difficulty either way. Make big, powerful, dynamic moves in the dihedr...[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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By Dean Moriarty
From: Provo
Mar 4, 2016
My buddy and I hit up the Hideaway last weekend ( end of Feb. 2016). Great weather, in sun all day. The west wall was shaded until noon, and a majority of the snow was melted. A real push to the routes, but quite pleasant. A great view of the canyon, and the valley. We found two groups of guys cranking it on projects and they shared their knowledge to us, two novice dirtbags young lads. I would imagine the Hideaway and the walls near it, would be less crowded in peak times. Due to the steep incline to reach the walls. Bolts looked good, rock was in good shape, no complaints.