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South Fork of Taylor Creek

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Description 

The South Fork of Taylor Creek is one of the most scenic climbing areas in all of Utah. Home to some very well renowned climbs, this less recognized region of Zion Nation Park has a large variety of climbing.

The south fork lies between Paria Point and Beatty Point and contains the largest concentration of routes in Kolob. The climbing here is hit or miss in terms of season, but being at a higher elevation than its neighboring Zion crags, the season tends to extend later into the spring and summer than typical Zion routes. Be prepared for snow if you head here too early.

Getting There 

From the ranger station, drive up the road for approximately 3 miles passing the Taylor's Fork hiking trail. Drive for another mile and locate a parking lot on the right and park. Cross the street and take a trail that heads up the obvious corridor of south fork. The trail is located directly off the bend in the road and before a very sharp turn. Sunlight Buttress and Wind, Sand and Stars can be seen off to the left of the canyon and are helpful markers in locating the trail. Expect about a mile to a mile and a half of hiking and a thirty to forty-five minute approach.

Climbing Season



Weather station 7.7 miles from here

30 Total Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',1],['5.8',1],['5.9',3],['5.10',11],['5.11',9],['5.12',3],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for South Fork of Taylor:
Fred Beckey   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch   South Fork
Sand Surfin'   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   South Fork
Pulp Friction   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   South Fork
Last Rites   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   South Fork
1/2 Route   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Namaste Wall
High Noon   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   South Fork
I Stab Ourselves   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   South Fork
Yahweh   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   South Fork
Dost Mitra   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   Namaste Wall
Pins and Needles   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   South Fork
Hall of Smears   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   South Fork
"ET" Extremely Tough Slab   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a PG13     Sport, 1 pitch   South Fork
Spiderfinger   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   South Fork
Namaste   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 140'   Namaste Wall
Huecos Rancheros   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 150'   Namaste Wall
Twins Paradox   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 130'   Namaste Wall
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Last Rites 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b  UT : Zion National Park : ... : South Fork
After passing above the old debris dam and flood plain and hiking up canyon just about 200' west of Namaste on the South wall. This route is just left (East)of a huge left facing arch. A bouldery start to a left trending flake (2 bolts) gets one to an obvious arching crack. Traverse into the crack and it goes from fingers to hands in about 45 to the belay chains.When I first climbed this on aid in 1987 I found an old 2" angle lying in the dirt in a pod at the current rap anchor. I would LOVE to ...[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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Kolob
Kolob
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Kolob
Kolob
Kolob
The sport routes are alllll the way at the back, o...
The sport routes are alllll the way at the back, o...
South Fork of Taylor... miles of untouched rock
BETA PHOTO: South Fork of Taylor... miles of untouched rock
Huge walls everywhere.
Huge walls everywhere.
South Fork Taylor Creek Climbing Area Overview cir...
BETA PHOTO: South Fork Taylor Creek Climbing Area Overview cir...
Kolob
Kolob
A section of the striking, tiger-striped wall cont...
A section of the striking, tiger-striped wall cont...
South Fork, Taylor Creek. Monolithic walls tower o...
South Fork, Taylor Creek. Monolithic walls tower o...
Hiking up to the climbs
Hiking up to the climbs
Wallflower.
Wallflower.
A photo from another climber that shows the line o...
BETA PHOTO: A photo from another climber that shows the line o...
Exploring the canyon.
Exploring the canyon.
Trailhead for south fork of taylor creek.
Trailhead for south fork of taylor creek.

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By Peter Franzen
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From: Phoenix, AZ
Sep 4, 2013
This is quite possibly the most serene and wonderful sport climbing area I've ever been to. We had it to ourselves on a stormy holiday weekend. Wonderful, wonderful place.
By benjaminleaton
From: Sandy, UT
Nov 29, 2013
The admins of this area and its routes need to do some updating on the route descriptions with heavy focus on the locations of each of the routes. I guess we can no longer say that Namaste is the third route from the left.

I was just at the Namaste Wall today (Nov 29, 2013) and thought I had hopped on Namaste. Once I returned home, I realized that I actually climbed Dost Mitra, a route that sits between Huecos Rancheros and Namaste.

From what I could see, there are 5 bolted routes on the Namaste Wall. After glancing at the latest version of Rock Climbing Utah and scouring through Mountain Project, I have decided that the routes are as follows, from left to right: Unknown 5.10, Huecos Rancheros 5.12c, Dost Mitra 5.11a/b, Namaste 5.12a, and Unknown Project (possibly named Twins Paradox 5.13a on Mountain Project and I assume a typo states that it sits between Huecos Rancheros and Dost Mitra).

Be aware, the latest version of Rock Climbing Utah by Stewart Green mentions Dost Mitra and Twins Paradox in the opening paragraph for the Namaste Wall, but the topo and listed routes only include the Unkown 5.10, Huecos Rancheros, and Namaste. Also note that the line representing Namaste on the topo/photo is actually overlaid on Dost Mitra.
By Spencer Weiler
From: Salt Lake city
Apr 21, 2015
Ben you are mistaken about the location of twins. You probably didn't see the route between huecos and mitra due to the camo black hangers. For clarification: left to right
Unknown half route- 10+ with 3 bolt 11+ extension
Huecos rancheros 12c
Twins paradox 13a/12-. Black hangers
Dost mitra 11a.
Namaste 12a
Abandoned project with a few bolts and ratty slings in super choss rock
Around corner is a chopped route with a lone drilled angle that leads to an arching crack with anchors
By jeffozozo
From: santa clara, utah
Apr 25, 2015
The information on how to get to this spot is a little vague. Here is the definitive:

The Taylor Creek Trailhead is NOT the way to go. There is a parking spot 1.1 miles PAST the taylor creek trail head on the right side of the road, just before the hairpin turn. That is where you park, then cross the road and follow the trail up the canyon.

Below is the entrance to the trail.

Trailhead for south fork of taylor creek.
Trailhead for south fork of taylor creek.
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