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Dark Star Gully 

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Submitted By: Nathan Fisher on Apr 8, 2004
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A gully located right at Stairs Gulch. It is on the north side of the road, and consists of mainly trad routes with some bolted routes. Good anchors on most of the climbs make for easy descents. The climbs range from 5.6 to 5.12b. They mostly face the west with a bit of southerly exposure. So they tend to be warm. Poison oak can be a problem in the upper reaches. Some of the climbs are right on the stream and therefore wet in the spring.

Getting There 

Park at Stairs Gulch. (Just before Storm Mountain Picnic Area) Cross the stream at the gully and climb.

10 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Dark Star Gully:
The Wraith   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 75'   
Fine Arete   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
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Ryan doing one of his fearless leads.  Just past the first dificult part of Scratch my back.

Scratch My Back 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c  UT : Wasatch Range : ... : Dark Star Gully
This is a pretty contrived route that follows the most difficult line (5.11a) on the West face. There are so many easier ways around the cruxes that it can only qualify for 5.10c. Mostly a jug haul, this route sports ample rest ledges for the pumped. If there weren't such obvious alternative methods to climbing this route, it would probably earn another star because it is relatively long and continuous for the area. My favorite cruxes are between the second and third bolts, and the approach ...[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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By T_jones
From: Salty Lake
Sep 10, 2008