Slide Canyon is a tributary canyon that runs north from Provo Canyon. It contains a small number of developed sport and trad routes on short limestone faces and corners, along with a couple of cave routes.
The limestone appears generally solid when cleaned (but there are obvious fractured sections) and is more faceted than pocketed. Such pockets as do exist are smaller and more rounded than the pockets in nearby (as the crow flies) American Fork Canyon.
The easiest way to reach all of the climbs is to first hike up the canyon to where the trail descends to the level of the stream. The trail starts from the east side of the parking lot and heads up the alluvial fan at the mouth of the canyon. Along the way the trail passes through some scrub oak containing a few smallish boulders and then parallels the stream along the edge of an eroded ravine.
Once the trail reaches the stream either cross over the stream and hike to the base of the climbs on the east side or backtrack uphill along the base of the cliffs on the west side. It takes ten or fifteen minutes to reach the various crags.
Note that the names given to the various areas are mine. I have no idea if or what those who put up the routes named the areas.
The parking for Slide Canyon is located on the north side of US Highway 189 4.4 miles beyond the intersection of Oremís 8th North and Provoís University Avenue (which turns into Provo Canyon Road). When traveling east on US 189 look for a left turn pocket .7 miles past where the highway passes Bridal Veil Falls, just before mile marker 12.
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BETA PHOTO: The crags on the east side of Slide Canyon
BETA PHOTO: The route to the east side crags.
|By Tristan Higbee|
May 13, 2011
I went up here to check out the climbs today and saw orange "No trespassing" signs everywhere. At first they were just on the left (west) side of the trail that heads through the canyon, but then before the trail got to the streambed, the signs showed up right on the trail and in front of the cliffs.
So it looks like there's no more climbing here. Bummer.