Tank Canyon is a quiet side canyon in American Fork Canyon located within the Lone Peak Wilderness. You will find shaded climbs on isolated limestone walls in variety of difficulties. Many climbs are short but challenging. A creek flows through the canyon during spring runoff but is mostly dry during hot summer months.
No camping is allowed in Tank Canyon. Please do your part to help keep this area clean.
Trail: Park at the gravel Hell Cave pull-out exactly 1 mile from the TCNM visitors center. Cross the road (north) and find the Tank Canyon trail.
Direct: Park at the Membrane pull-out 1.1 miles from the TCNM visitors center. Walk across the road and up the steep bank into Tank Canyon.
It's rare in American Fork Canyon that you climb well above the tops of the tallest trees; this route combines fun exposure, a great, secluded location, and some good climbing.P1 (5.10a, 70 feet) Start from a rough, natural belay ledge and follow the black-painted bolts up and right. Surmount a bulge or two and get to a foot-wide ledge. Look right about ten feet and slightly up and you can see the two-bolt belay anchor. Climb up, clip the next bolt, then traverse right ...[more]Browse More Classics in UT
Very sad to see orange spraypaint arrows every 10 ft. along the trail and over to Small Fry and Unnamed 5.7, along with a terrible new (and definitely useless) plywood bridge. Use cairns and existing trails, people! Or a simple map posted is all that is needed. This is terrible ethics and is a great way to get an already rough looking area (illegal fire rings, camping, paintball and Airsoft) closed by the Forest Service...
Annoying indeed. However, the perpetrators almost certainly weren't "climbers" ("climbers" use a drill).
Tank Canyon is used more often by groups other than climbers, as evidenced by the paintball marks, spilled Airsoft pellets, etc. A couple of weeks ago, I encountered a guy setting up a makeshift pulley system up the steep, loose stuff across from Membrane. He said he was hauling up folding chairs. I didn't ask him why. This was a day or two after we first encountered the paint...
Anyway, kick out the paint in the trail, turn over the rocks; the paint will wear away eventually.