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Tank Canyon  


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Elevation: 6,000'
Location: 40.4469, -111.6881 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Andrew Gram, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: John Ross on Mar 25, 2008
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Looking north up Tank Canyon from above Membrane W...

  • Located in the Lone Peak Wilderness Area MORE INFO >>>
  • Located in a National Forest Fee Area MORE INFO >>>

  • Description 

    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.

    Getting There 

    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.

    Climbing Season



    Weather station 1.5 miles from here

    28 Total Routes

    ['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',13],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]
    ['<=5.6',2],['5.7',4],['5.8',1],['5.9',2],['5.10',9],['5.11',8],['5.12',1],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',1],['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 Tank Canyon:
    Half Pint   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   Miscellaneous Scattered Rou...
    Nair   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Cougar Narrows
    Dag Nasty Part Deux   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 125'   Old School Rock
    Barbie Twins   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Visionary Wall
    Old School   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 2 pitches, 150'   Old School Rock
    Tank Trap   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Visionary Wall
    Dag Nasty   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Visionary Wall
    Gunner   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   Two O'Clock Rock
    Gemini   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Visionary Wall
    Drop the Clutch   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   Visionary Wall
    Browse More Classics in Tank Canyon

    Featured Route For Tank Canyon
    Belay at base of tree on natural ledge.  Notice that Old School (route) splits off to the right.  Traverse to P2 belay shown.  P2 is a straighter line than appears from this angle (despite P2 looking deformed, there is little to no rope drag on this pitch).

    Old School 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  UT : Wasatch Range : ... : Old School Rock
    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

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    By Toby Hazelbaker
    Jul 31, 2009
    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...
    By Perin Blanchard
    Administrator
    From: Orem, UT
    Jul 31, 2009
    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.
    By Toby Hazelbaker
    Jul 31, 2009
    I contest "climbers" use trad gear! :)
    By John Ross
    From: Wasatch Front, UT
    Sep 11, 2012
    Tank Canyon Fire Info:
    t.co/NgP5KgDN

    Update 09/13/2012:
    UtahFireInfo ‏@UtahWildfire
    #TankFire still 10 acres, smoke visible from Heber & Utah Cnty during the heat of the afternoon. No threat to structures or trails in area.

    Tank Canyon Fire Information
    Tank Canyon Fire Information