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Hell Cave  

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Location: 40.4465, -111.69402 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Neal Carroll on Oct 12, 2004  with updates from Jeremy Noring and 1 more






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BETA PHOTO: This shows the shared start of Melting and Wizards...

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A one time sport climbing mecca, this area of American Fork has historical value as the beginning of limestone sport climbing in America. Thank you Boone Speed, Tim Wagner, Jeff Pedersen, Mike Call, Bill Boyle, Mike Beck...etc.

This is still the place to get honed in the SLC area. The routes are bouldery and steep and require good technical skills as well as crazy finger strength.

Classics include Hell, Malvado/El Diablo and Body Count.

Getting There 

Once past the Timpanogos Cave Area, drive another .65 miles passing the Hideaway parking on the left.

Soon you will come to a long and spacious pullout on the south (right) side of the road. Park here and walk back down canyon crossing the road. Within 40 - 50 yards you will see a rocky trail leading uphill past a crumbly, black wall. There is one route, "Gateway" (12a) on this wall. The trail will lead right to the El Diablo Wall.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.2 miles from here

10 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Hell Cave:
Melting   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   
Wizards   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
Burning   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
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This photo shows the starts of several routes in t...
BETA PHOTO: This photo shows the starts of several routes in t...
The Bat-hang, a fun but unnecessary move.  Reachin...
The Bat-hang, a fun but unnecessary move. Reachin...
Photo looking into the Hell Cave.
BETA PHOTO: Photo looking into the Hell Cave.
Trail to hell cave north west of large parking are...
BETA PHOTO: Trail to hell cave north west of large parking are...

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By DCSwish23
From: Lander, WY
Apr 15, 2013
The directions here are NOT correct. It's .65 miles from the flag pole at the cave visitor center. If you go one mile you WILL find a large pull out, but you will NOT be near the right place. Cut back across the road, from the bottom end of the pull out and it's only about 2-3 minutes up the hill.
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