Lonnie Kauk navigating his way through Wicked Bend...
The known climbing at Echo occurs on the north side of I-80 on mainly southwest through southeast facing walls. After you enter Echo canyon while traveling west to east on I-80, take the first off-ramp exit (exit 169) and cross north under I-80 to the frontage road(E Echo Canyon Road) on the north side of the freeway. Start your mileage as soon as you turn right (heading east-northeast). It is two miles to Mill Canyon, 2.7 miles to Bear Hollow, 2.9 miles to the Dry Wall parking, and 3.1 miles to Pine Canyon. If you are coming from the east on I-80, There is also an off-ramp onto E Echo Canyon Road (the north frontage road)- but I am unsure of the name or exit number...It is somewhere around 25 miles west of Evanston.
Echo canyon offers fun, bolt protected cobble climbing. It is very similar to Maple Canyon, and is essentially the same rock unit that hosts routes in City Creek Canyon in Salt Lake City. Pockets, slopers, crimps and jugs yield highly enjoyable climbing. Echo is a popular after work crag for Ogden, Salt Lake City, and Park City climbers.
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Echo Canyon:
What is the name of the wall in the little side canyon (N-S) just east of the Dry Wall where numerous new hard routes are sprouting up? A parking spot hidden from the frontage road by bushes sits just 2 minutes below the overhanging west facing wall? thanks for any help or info?
I went to climb in Echo Canyon yesterday 1/4/12. All of the climbing parking areas, roads and trails are marked with new signs that say CLOSED to all public access from January 1st to the second saturday in April for wintering wildlife protection. Does anyone know if this is a regular occurrence?
Rockfall on road in Echo area. This was 4/22/12. It happened approx. 3 minutes before we arrived. It was just before the roadside crag wall. Looks like some routes are being established in the area. (hanging purple rope). These rocks appear to be from the top of the cliff as they rolled all the way across the street and are the lighter colored rock from up top. Take care out there! Submitted By: LauraK on May 1, 2012