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Iron Hayden Wall  

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Iron Hayden Wall
This is the center piece of Hayden Peak climbing. After almost 15 years of climbing here and calling the area simply the Hayden Wall or the Red Wall we decided it really needed a proper name. Right around this time the video game Guitar Hero had just come out and it featured a song or two by Iron Maiden. Feeling inspired by the video game, Eric Salmi, a crag regular showed up one day and said maybe it is the Iron Hayden Wall. The name was more than appropriate and it stuck. Located in the center of the west face on the middle tier, this 400í vertical wall may offer the Uintas best multi pitch climbing.

Getting There 

Park at the Highline Trailhead in the hikerís parking lot. From the parking lot, head east on a primitive trail that can be hard to find but exists to the north of the bathrooms and a good trail marker is a tall twin tree stump visible from the parking lot. This trail follows a poorly defined spur/ridge which avoids the wetlands to the north. Follow this trail east for a ľ of a mile and then head northeast on a well traveled trail that alternates between traversing to the north and climbing to the east. It may be cairned and it traverses more than it climbs at this point. This path will lead past a few small meadows. Continue up and north until you are at tree line and below a series of chutes/avalanche paths sweeping down from the upper reaches of Hayden Peak. If you have followed the trail to here you should be in a clearing with several well positioned boulders. This is a good rest spot with a nice view of the wall. Begin up a shallow gully that is often snow covered until mid-summer. When the gully turns to loose scree and begins to steepen head to the left looking for a trail that switchbacks a few times before traversing to the left again. Cross a talus field and follow a rough climbers trail up the left side of a wide couloir. At the top of this couloir cross a boulder field and climb a short section of 3rd class to access the middle bench. Head north on the well cairned trail to the base of the Iron Hayden Wall.

1 hour approach


Morning shade, afternoon/evening sun. Multi-pitch climbing in an exposed location. Can be pretty windy/cold.

Climbing Season

Weather station 15.2 miles from here

8 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Iron Hayden Wall:
Where Vultures Dare   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 400'   
Beer Mule   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 100'   
King of Twilight   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 100'   
The Evil That Men Do   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, Alpine, 1 pitch, 85'   
Run To The Hills   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches, 350'   
Sun & Steel   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches, 400'   
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a foreshortened view of the Iron Hayden Wall.

Sun & Steel 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a  UT : Uinta Mountains : ... : Iron Hayden Wall
This route is located on the right side of the Iron Hayden Wall, just left of an obvious crack system (Where Vultures Dare). Look for a line of yellow bolt hangers....[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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Location of the Estwing and the Iron Hayden.
BETA PHOTO: Location of the Estwing and the Iron Hayden.

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By Guy H.
From: Fort Collins CO
Aug 4, 2014
There are ~7 bolted/mixed routes to the left of "Sun and Steel". At least one of them has 3+ pitches and tops out to the left.
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