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Gate Buttress Rock Climbing 

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Gate Buttress contains the most popular crags in Little Cottonwood. Routes range from easy 5th class to impossible-to-believe-humans-could-climb-it lines.

See an oblique aerial view here.

Getting There 

Drive 1.25 miles up Little Cottonwood Canyon parking at either the lot on the left or along side the right side of the road.

There is a main trail that begins on the west side of the parking lot that leads up to the Gate Boulders where the trail forks. For the Dihedrals and Beckey's Wall take the right fork and head up hill. This branch is rather fragmented and is not always clear. For all other crags continue west as the trail meanders through the revegetated talus area. See the individual crag descriptions for more info on getting to them.

Note: In 1998 through 2000 the area below where the approach trail is located was quarried and is presently under revegetation. Please stay on the climber's trail so it can recover.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.4 miles from here

102 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',46],['2 Stars',35],['1 Star',11],['Bomb',2]

Classic Climbing Routes in Gate Buttress

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Gate Buttress:
Schoolroom   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 5 pitches, 400'   Schoolroom Area
Schoolroom Direct Variation   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Schoolroom Area
Beckey's Wall   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 160'   Beckey's Wall Area
Tingey's Terror   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   Beckey's Wall Area
Schoolroom West   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   Schoolroom Area
Satan's Corner   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 100'   Dihedrals Area
Callitwhatyouplease   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Schoolroom Area
Bushwhack Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 250'   Schoolroom Area
Tingey's Torture   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   Beckey's Wall Area
Fingertrip Variation   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   Beckey's Wall Area
Angling Angels   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 200'   Schoolroom Area
Half-A-Finger   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Dihedrals Area
The Flakes   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   East Gate Buttress
Equipment Overhang Right   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Dihedrals Area
Black and White John and Mary   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Dihedrals Area
Stem the Tide   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Dihedrals Area
To Air is Human   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 200'   East Gate Buttress
Mind Blow   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R     Trad, 170'   Schoolroom Area
Equipment Overhang   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Dihedrals Area
Split Fingers   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 145'   Beckey's Wall Area
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Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing Split Fingers.  A really, really good rou...

Split Fingers 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  UT : Wasatch Range : ... : Beckey's Wall Area
From where you split right from Becky's Wall, a thin lieback leads up and right past a bolt (where an old knifeblade used to be). Then you gain a rightward undercling right, climbing underneath the large roof past another bolt. At the far end of the traverse you gain the Split Pants gully. I belayed in the gully. You can either continue up Split Pants or rappel from a tree down to the first anchors of Cheetah, and then from there to the base. An excellent route!...[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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By choppinBolts
Sep 11, 2014
Who could we write thank you notes to for allowing this area to be open to climbers? How can we build this relationship even more?
By Greg G
From: SLC, UT
Sep 22, 2014
The Salt Lake Climbers Alliance
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From: park city
Jun 1, 2015
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Men's wedding ring found near base of Satan's Corner.

Men's wedding ring found near Satan's Corner. Let me know if this belongs to you.

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