Climbing in American Fork Canyon

After spending more than a week driving around some national parks we were getting antsy to do some more climbing. Continuing our trajectory towards home we decided that Salt Lake City, UT might have something to offer.

AFCAs an added bonus we got to stay with some friends and had a little bit of community for the few days we were there. There is something awesome about hanging out with old friends that rejuvenates you. It also had the added effect of making us a little homesick.

Nostalgia aside we got down to business and went to the local climbing shop to get beta on the best sport climbing around. We had quite a few options around the city but nothing that would compare to Ten Sleep, Wyoming.

They suggested we check out Maple Canyon or American Fork Canyon. As there is no real guide book to Maple we opted for American Fork Canyon. It’s about an hour outside of SLC which makes for a bit of the “outdoor gym” feeling on the weekends.

The limestone is quite nice and varies from slabs to steep pocketed climbs. The approach time can range from 30 seconds to a whopping 10min depending on your propensity to deal with crowds. After all who wants to walk 10min to get to the climbs?

This is not what I would call a destination crag, but it certainly gave us a much needed fix. It was also nice to have the services of a city to make for a great experience and worth the stop.

Here is a link to the Climbing guide. The climbing in located on Federal land and includes a fee. It is covered by the America the Beautiful National parks pass.


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