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BETA PHOTO: The Hideaway is the shaded area.

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The Hideaway is a pair of limestone (what else?) walls located several hundred feet above the canyon floor on the north side of the canyon. The area has a deserved reputation for a long approach (by American Fork standards) and difficult routes for hard men and women.

However, there are a surprising number of moderates in the 5.10 range for we soft-bodied climbers.

The area consists of two walls, one south-east facing, the other west-facing. As such, shade is available for much of the day in the warmer months (and supposedly, winter climbing is pleasant on sunny days).

Click here for an oblique, aerial view of the walls.

Note that there are many lines newer than the Ruckman guidebook. Some, but not all, of these appear in Darren Knezek's A Climber's Guide to Select Walls in American Fork Canyon from several years ago. As usual, complete information can always be obtained from Mountainworks in Provo.

Getting There 

Drive past the National Monument parking area and, just after the river crosses under the road from right to left, look for a large turnout on the left side of the road with utility lines running parallel to the road. Here you can see a Google Street-view photo of the turnout.

Park here and head west along the north side of the river under the utility lines.

After a minute or two, you'll pass Beer Can Alley on the right (north), a west-facing area of brown limestone. Continue onward a short distance and the trail will come upon and travel over a section of large, exposed pipe running parallel to the trail. Approximately 25 paces beyond the pipe turn north (uphill) and head up a narrow talus spill that is blocked by a large, fallen tree (you can see the tree here ).

Follow the fairly well-developed trail uphill to the walls. Plan on approximately 25-35 minutes from the parking.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.9 miles from here

20 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Hideaway:
Voltaire   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   West-facing Wall
Sundance   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   West-facing Wall
Afterglow   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   West-facing Wall
Sea Cliff   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   South-Facing Wall
Drop Anchor   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   South-Facing Wall
Tuna Melt   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport   South-Facing Wall
Screaming Lobsters   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   South-Facing Wall
Cinnamon Bay   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   South-Facing Wall
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Featured Route For The Hideaway
Sea Cliff, 5.10d.

Sea Cliff 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13  UT : Wasatch Range : ... : South-Facing Wall
Burly start on undercut rock to awkward, narrow ledge, followed by a short dihedral to a larger ledge. From the ledge a tricky move or two with a two-finger pocket leads to liebacking and stemming with a bit of hand jamming thrown in.Falling while clipping the 3rd bolt above the ledge (6th bolt overall) will guarantee a hard hit onto the ledge....[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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