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"Cobble climbing"—Maple Canyon is conglomerate rock with embedded, rounded clasts ranging in size from pebbles to boulders.

The walls have a wide range of holds from bombers to slopers, making the climbing unique and challenging. Mostly sport climbing with a very little trad.

Camping is available in Maple Canyon for $8 per night. Maple lies mostly on public land within the Uinta National Forest, but some of the most popular climbs are in privately-owned Box Canyon. There is a day use fee of $3 per car in the national forest area.

Nearest beer is in Nephi.

Getting There 

Exit 225 on I-I5 (Nephi 100 N exit). East on UT Route 132 to Fountain Green. Right on 400 South. Six miles to Freedom Road, turn right. Right again on Maple Canyon Road. Follow the paved road to the dirt.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.7 miles from here

447 Total Routes

['4 Stars',33],['3 Stars',172],['2 Stars',175],['1 Star',53],['Bomb',1]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Maple Canyon:
The Great Chasm   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 3 pitches, 300'   Middle Fork : The Great Chasm
Tachycardia   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 3 pitches, 300'   Heart Rock Area : Heart Rock
Zen Fen   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Right Fork : Zen Garden
Minienticer   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Right Fork : The Minimum Crag
Meet the Buddha   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 60'   Right Fork : Zen Garden
Big Kahuna   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 30'   Maple Canyon Road : Schoolroom Area
The Angry Inch   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Left Fork : The Pipeline
The Hitchhiker   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 125'   Maple Canyon Road : Windshield Wiper Wall
Groundwork   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 80'   Right Fork : The Minimum Crag
Dry Spunk   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 85'   Right Fork : The Pipe Dream
Pipeline   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Left Fork : The Pipeline
49   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Right Fork : The Minimum Crag
Zoaster Toaster   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Right Fork : The Minimum Crag
Functional Idiot   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 90'   Right Fork : The Minimum Crag
Deliverance   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Right Fork : The Pipe Dream
Daddy   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 100'   Right Fork : Cragganmore
Orgasmo   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 90'   Right Fork : The Pipe Dream
Cobble in the Sky   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Box Canyon : The Arch
Space Lord   5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Right Fork : The Minimum Crag
Sprout   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 90'   Right Fork : The Pipe Dream
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Featured Route For Maple Canyon
Starting up Popcorn, photo by Monomaniac

Popcorn 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b  UT : Maple Canyon : ... : Cragganmore
Pumpy jug haul with crux up high. Hold on and pull a few crimpers to the chains. Climbs just right of the large roof. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

Photos of Maple Canyon Slideshow Add Photo
Mmmm... Maple, Ken Trout on the cobbles.
Mmmm... Maple, Ken Trout on the cobbles.
Looking down toward the Pipline area!
Looking down toward the Pipline area!
Fall colors at the Orangutan Wall
Fall colors at the Orangutan Wall
View up the canyon from the top of Grecian Highway
View up the canyon from the top of Grecian Highway
If all the numbered sites are taken -- site "...
BETA PHOTO: If all the numbered sites are taken -- site "...
The bend in the road!
The bend in the road!
maple canyon
maple canyon
Fall colors
Fall colors
Searching for the next hold (and bolt!) among the ...
Searching for the next hold (and bolt!) among the ...
Cobble admiration
Cobble admiration
Main road and campground
BETA PHOTO: Main road and campground
This is the top of the Orangutan wall 5.10b
BETA PHOTO: This is the top of the Orangutan wall 5.10b
I think this is Rock Island
I think this is Rock Island
Maples turning color in fall
Maples turning color in fall
Say hello to the turkeys!
Say hello to the turkeys!
Trick-or-Treating in Fountain Green at the City Pa...
Trick-or-Treating in Fountain Green at the City Pa...
does anybody have information about this route jus...
does anybody have information about this route jus...
the margharita roof is a bouldering cave just arou...
the margharita roof is a bouldering cave just arou...

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By Bryson Slothower
May 19, 2006
what's the ideal season at Maple?
By Chris Archer
Jun 27, 2006
Early May through mid October is the season. April is climbable if you don't mind postholing.
By john gilchrist
From: sLC, utah
Jul 6, 2006
good guide here


By icsteveoh
From: salt lake city, UT
Sep 11, 2006
Anyone have anything on the oxygen wall or the demascus wall?
By Rick Miske
From: Orem, UT
Nov 11, 2007
According to the Forest Service and ReserveAmerica, the Campground Host is there only every three days or so. Last time I was there the pay envelopes were all gone and the pay tube was empty.

The group site is nice.
By courtney.vogt
From: Denver, Colorado
Feb 8, 2008
is Maple Canyon "dog-friendly"? I saw something about Box Canyon being off limit to dogs because it's privately owned. How about the other areas?

and in response to mw: i would expect a 7 hour trip from Rifle to Maple. I know it takes 8 from Summit County, CO.
By Ben Folsom
Feb 8, 2008
Yes, Maple canyon is dog friendly, other than the Box canyon which is private property. My dog really likes it there, but I guess he likes everywhere we go!
By DaveB
Apr 1, 2008
Why are there so many flies here? (Not biting, just annoying house/sh*t flies...) Do they migrate up into the canyon from the turkey farms? Seasonal? (We were there a couple days in August.)
By Sean Egli
From: Provo Utah
May 18, 2008
Anyone know where some moderate climbing routes up Maple Canyon are?Away from Box Canyon?Around 5.6 to 5.10 A-C?Last time I went I got spanked and I'm desperately in need for a good day of fun climbing.Is the gate open yet also?
By Ryan Palo
From: Bend, oregon
Jun 20, 2008
Maple in July? Too hot? I was there at the end of last June. The temps outside the canyon were in the 90s-low 100s. Inside the canyon was quite nice in the shade. Can I expect the same?
By jason gerrard
From: springville, utah
Mar 23, 2009
i was working a climb up the left hand fork that i can't find in any books or on this site. i think it is one of the last climbs up that fork. it is on the left hand side, on a wall that is way overhung. does anybody know what the climb farthest to the right is rated?
By Thayne aka TR
From: provo utah
May 10, 2009
We just got back from maple (family trip) It was really busy in the school room all ready.

Climbing was great and it was super warm in the day (pretty cold at night still, bring your own wood) the climbing was great and it could not have been better, we met nic, nicole, jimmy and crystal and they are some super climbers. We cooked them dinner (Cheeseburgers) and had smores for desert! We spent all day in the school room as my sons love to climb and bolder I can't wait to get back down there for some more climbing and boldering!

I noticed a lot of trash around bouldering area's lets all try to pack in more then we bring in and please please don't leave bananna peels or apple cores.

By Nathan Van Horn
From: Colorado Springs, CO
May 16, 2009
no banana peels or apple cores????? are they not from the earth? should they not return to the earth? And i don't mean in a plastic bag......
By Lauren D. Hollingsworth
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Aug 8, 2009
Just got back from a trip to Maple. My husband and I ate at Roy's Pizza in Ephraim on a rest day and WOW! I was really impressed by this small-town pizza joint. The ingredients were fresh with a homemade taste. $15-20 for a large pizza, on the left side of HWY 89 coming from the canyon.

By the way: beware of the squirrels both at the crag and the campground. They will run off with your food, tear up bags containing food, and they are capable of chewing through plastic peanut butter jars.
By Rossy B.
Sep 23, 2009
If this is on National Forest land, shouldn't there be some free camping somewhere? So where is this free camping?
By mike cork
From: Atlanta, GA
Oct 13, 2009
Hey - a buddy and I are headed out this way in a week and plan to do a day or two at Maple Canyon. A few first timer questions:

1) given our limited time, what 2 or 3 crags would be ideal to check out this time of year for the 5.11-5.12 climber? Anything that gets decent sun?

2) any recommended lodging in the area? we'll be flying into SLC in the evening and need a place to stay semi-near Maple.

3) food/drink...any nearby joints that we should check out? From Maple we're headed SE to do some tower climbing.

4) if you're a local and plan to be in the area, it'd be cool to meet up for a day of craggin...

By Deibolt
From: Bolder, CO
Nov 16, 2009
When do the gates close for the season? I thought I read some where that they close around this time.
Im temporarily living in SLC for 3 weeks (now into first week of DEC). If anyone wants to brave some colder temps and climb in Maple I am down, whenever, and willing to drive.
By Brian in SLC
Nov 16, 2009
There are no gates.

What shuts the place down for non-4wd vehicles (which should also apply to subarus, but, folks don't learn) is snow.

So, no snow, easy drive in.

Nearby lodging? Try Nephi or Ephraim. Most folks camp in Maple Canyon.

For dining, there's some diners in both of the above. Pretty limited.
By Michelle Ellington
Feb 14, 2010
We found this house in Fountain Green to rent. Kitchen, living room w/TV & DVD, sleeps 6-8, super cozy, and close to the canyon. Rates change mid-June but split 6 ways it's between $14-$23/night. With camping now at $8/night, this is a great option. Owners are awesome!

By Jason Stevens
From: Ephraim, UT
May 6, 2010
Electronic version of the "old" Maple Canyon guides available here:

By dnoB ekiM
May 12, 2010
Thanks Jason! Glad to have this...been waiting on the DK guide for like 5 years now...I think it is a myth!
By MattH31
From: SLC, Utah
Jun 10, 2010
Does anyone know what the deal is with the fixed rope on the far left side of the Pipe Dream? It doesn't look like anything is being developed there. It's kind of an eyesore.

I really haven't given anything back to the Utah climbing community, so feel free to rip me to shreds.
By Blitzo
Jul 29, 2010
I can't wait to see this place!
By Jason Stevens
From: Ephraim, UT
Mar 8, 2011
Hey, the link to the downloadable version of the "old" guide changed over the winter. The new link is:



By josh holmes
May 15, 2011
Just an FYI the link posted above does not work.
By John Fodor
From: Bolder, Co
Jun 26, 2011
Where is a good place to camp around maple Canyon when the campground is full?

By North123
Jun 27, 2011
Does anyone know of an alternative camping spot for when the maple campground is full or if there are any rentals available in town over the fourth of july weekend? Or if anyone has extra space at their site, my partner and I would be happy to pay the camping fee. Thanks.
By jeffozozo
From: santa clara, utah
Jul 12, 2011
This is a nice map that shows you the area overview:

By Eric Godfrey
From: slc, ut
Jul 25, 2011
It would be awesome if someone could sort the routes left to right now that it's an option. I'd do it myself but apparently you need administrator privileges or something? It won't let me.
By Eckhard
From: Denver, CO
Sep 26, 2011
we tried to buy the printable guide. After payment it never sent us to a printing feature, still haven't checked to see if we were actually charged for the guide. Seems like everybody there was showing up with some version of MP's printable guide.
By Blake M
Oct 10, 2011
Would maple be climbable over thanksgiving?
By dhunsworth
From: Durango, co
Jul 11, 2012
I'm planning a trip out here this fall. What would be the best couple of weeks to aim for to get the maples at their peak for fall colors?
By John Ross
From: Wasatch Front, UT
Jul 11, 2012
@dhunsworth, It seems like the colors in Maple are often brightest during the second and third week's of September. Watch the weather though because rainstorms are not unheard of during that time.
By Jason Stevens
From: Ephraim, UT
Sep 3, 2012
Hey everyone...we moved the climbing shop to main street and really improved the place. Drop in and see us on your next maple trip.

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Pipe Dream Adventure Sports
327 South Min
Ephraim, UT 84627
By Salt Lake Climbers Alliance
May 30, 2014
Maple Canyon Adopt a Crag
Maple Canyon Adopt a Crag

Maple Canyon Adopt a Crag Re-Cap
May 3rd, 2014
If you have ever been to Maple Canyon, then you know that the canyon can only support so many vehicles and camp sites because of the topography. We have to be careful that our use doesn’t destroy what we seek to enjoy. The Salt Lake Climbers Alliance hosts Adopt a Crags to address impacts climbers are having at our crags and in the environments where we climb.

Over the weekend, thirty Salt Lake Climbers Alliance volunteers and the Forest Service put in over 200 hours of work to try and prevent camp and parking sprawl before the busy season hits Maple. When camp sites and parking spots are delineated, the forest surrounding these areas has a chance to re-vegetate. Over the weekend, eight new tent pads were constructed and leveled. Five additional camp site boundaries were delineated and the camp sites themselves saw some love. Day use parking spots were marked. The Forest Service requests that climbers camp in designated spots so that day trippers to the area can still come and enjoy the canyon. Climbers are not the only users of the canyon and when we camp out in our vehicles in the day use spots, it prevents day trippers from being able to visit the canyon.

Climbers, we must realize the increase in population within this canyon and change the way we use it in order to protect our access and the environment. Box Canyon, the property as you enter Maple below the USFS and Welcome to the Uinta National Forest sign is all private property. Use this land gently to maintain our access. Consider camping in one of the other canyons adjoining Maple if the camp sites are full this season; car pool or try to visit during the week instead of weekends. Consider leaving your dog at home or keep them on their leashes and always leave the crags cleaner than you found them.

The SLCA looks forward to future Adopt a Crag Days with the Forest Service to stabilize staging areas for climbs and limit crag sprawl in the future. Thanks to all the volunteers who opted not to climb this Saturday and instead lent a hand in protecting our climbing areas. Thanks to the American Alpine Club for providing the BBQ and for holding down the fort in the 50 mph wind blast that flipped the burgers right off the grill.

Please volunteer at our next Adopt a Crags on August 2nd at the Division Wall in American Fork and August 23rd at Ruth Lake in the Uintas and help protect your access by caring for the environment at your crags. Stay tuned for volunteer sign up at saltlakeclimbers.org and LIKE the SLCA Facebook page to stay up to date with SLCA news and happenings.

maple canyon adopt a crag 2
maple canyon adopt a crag 2
By Salt Lake Climbers Alliance
Nov 18, 2014
Maple Canyon Campground Host Job
Contact:Bill Broadbear
Ferron-Price Ranger District
599 West Price River Drive
Price, UT 84501
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