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Middle Fork  

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Leading up to the notch on the east side of the pi...


The routes in this area are those accessed by traveling on the footpath in Maple Canyon’s Middle Fork.

Getting There 

The Middle Fork trail starts at the rightward bend in the road near a large information sign with photographs (not the pay area sign) and near parking for several vehicles and heads west (the same direction as the road before the bend) past two campsites on the right.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.8 miles from here

25 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Middle Fork:
The Great Chasm   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 3 pitches, 300'   The Great Chasm
Warm & Soapy Lather   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 50'   Lou's Tavern
Slamfire   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 4 pitches, 300'   Armory, The
Grease & Grime   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 60'   Grease & Grime Wall
Sound the Klaxon   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   The Matrix
Twelve Tasty Donuts   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   The Matrix
Meloncholy   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 60'   Melon Wall
Melonastic   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Melon Wall
Amenema   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport   The Matrix
Melonoma   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Melon Wall
American Dream   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   The Matrix
Amplification   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   The Hot Zone
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Featured Route For Middle Fork
Jon in the good light on an amazing climb.

American Dream 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  UT : Maple Canyon : ... : The Matrix
This route is phenomenal, a must do for sure! Climb gently overhanging rock for about 45' and try and conserve your energy. The crux comes a little past halfway where the angle kicks back a few more degrees and the holds get smaller. If your super pumped after the crux then watch out or the next few moves might get you. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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Getting lowered down the west side of the pinnacle...
Getting lowered down the west side of the pinnacle...
George Bracksieck standing on the higher (west) en...
George Bracksieck standing on the higher (west) en...

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By George Bracksieck
Oct 5, 2012
On Aug 29, 2011, my wife and I were searching for the Great Chasm route and failed to find it. We decided to check out the Natural Arch, farther up the Middle Fork trail. I wondered if anyone had been atop the arch.

We plodded up the steep draw to the south, passing beneath the arch. From the uphill side of the arch, the best possibility lay up the chossy rock on the southeast side of the arch. I led diagonally up left, across loose, dirty cobbles to the notch on the east side of a pinnacle. The only pro was a #1 Tricam placed in a cleavage between cobbles at the start of the steep section below the notch.

I moved through the notch, then up to the summit of the pinnacle that looks down onto the arch from the east. Using the notch and pinnacle as my running belay, my wife lowered me down the west side of the pinnacle onto the arch, and I walked across it. There was no cairn or any other evidence of human passage. I left no trace, either. Refer to the attached photos.

I reversed the route, climbing almost to the top of the pinnacle and was then lowered toward the belayer, with the rope running around the pinnacle. The cobbles smoothed the rope's passage -- as long as they didn't break. Some did. I rate the climbing difficulty at 5.5X.
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