Zoroaster Temple, Northeast Arête

Zoroaster Temple, Northeast Arête

Page Type Page Type: Route
Location Lat/Lon: 36.05720°N / 112.1375°W
Additional Information Route Type: Rock Climb
Additional Information Time Required: A few days
Additional Information Difficulty: 5.8+
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Summit Elevation is 7128 feet.

Clear Creek Trail to Sumner Wash, then cross country to the obvious break in the Red Wall. Getting up this break involves a small amount of class 4 scrambling. A reasonably well ducked climbers' path then heads up to the base of the route, just above the Zoroaster - Brahma Temple Saddle. There are a few short class 4 steps and some exposure along this path.

There is usually no water past Phantom Ranch, so typically the approach involves moving water from there to the bivy site, either in the Clear Creek area or above the Red Wall in the Cheyava zone.

Zoroaster Temple has has been climbed in under 24 hours South Rim to South Rim. But with over 30 miles and more than 10,000' of elevation gained and lost, plus the inevitable temperature extremes of the canyon, most parties will need 3-4 days.

Route Description

P1: Start the climb at an obvious reddish rockfall scar. Move up over or around to the right of a small roof (5.7/5.8) and then follow a lower angled groove to a tree with a bunch of slings.

P2: Wander up a short pitch (5.8) to a nice flat ledge with more slings.

P3: Follow a right leaning crack system (5.6) to an alcove. Then a short stem/chimney (5.8) leads to more fixed slings just below the obvious roof.

P4: Traverse right across a poorly protected slab (5.7) past one bolt and up an easy chimney to a ledge below the final crack.

P5: Climb the short crack which widens for a body length to a 4" pod that can be jammed with your hands and heel-toed with your outer foot.

From the top of this pitch, walk around the left of the summit cap and scramble up an easy class 3/4 chimney to the summit.

Rappel the route.

For more information including topos, see Rock Climbing Arizona (Falcon Press) and Rock & Ice, No. 64.

Essential Gear

Standard rack of gear to 3". Optionally include one 4" piece for the pitch 5 pod. Double 50m ropes are needed to rappel. 60m ropes are not necessary. Also, the usual canyon stuff, including lots of water bottles.

Miscellaneous Info

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Two trip reports:



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rpc - Nov 11, 2002 3:53 pm - Hasn't voted

Route Comment

might consider posting this as a separate mountain instead of as part of GCNP. Very cool looking route.

Steven Cross

Steven Cross - Nov 15, 2002 4:49 pm - Hasn't voted

Route Comment

I highly agree, I have considered adding it myself, but do not have any info in it, or have not done it, so have not added it. this could make a very good page by itself.


John - Nov 15, 2002 7:36 pm - Hasn't voted

Route Comment

I think SP2 will handle this better. In SP2, we'll be able to have "climbing areas" so we would have something like:

Area > Formation > Route

For this particular case it would be:

Grand Canyon > Zoroaster Temple > Northeast Arête

The same way we would have say:

City of Rock > Elephant Rock > Rye Crisp
Castle Crags > Mount Hubris > Cosmic Wall
Zion > Temple of Sinawava > Moonlight Buttress

I don't have a problem with Zoroaster Temple being listed part of the GCNP (afterall, it is physically in the GCNP) or having it's own Mountain Page. To me, using the main GC page as is the case now follows the Third Pillar of Dana precedent. In either case, I think the GC should be recognized as a climbing / scrambling area - in addition to a hiking / mule-riding area.

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