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Description 

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

86 Total Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',40],['2 Stars',29],['1 Star',11],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',8],['5.7',11],['5.8',17],['5.9',16],['5.10',16],['5.11',14],['5.12',4],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Gate Buttress:
Schoolroom   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 5 pitches, 400'   Schoolroom 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
Beckey's Wall   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 160'   Beckey's Wall Area
Schoolroom Direct Variation   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Schoolroom Area
Hatchet Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Schoolroom Area
Satan's Corner   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 100'   Dihedrals Area
Bushwhack Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 250'   Schoolroom Area
Callitwhatyouplease   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   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
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, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   Dihedrals Area
To Air is Human   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 200'   East Gate Buttress
Stem the Tide   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Dihedrals Area
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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Featured Route For Gate Buttress
Looking east at some guys on the top of the first pitch of Bushwhack Crack.

Bushwhack Crack 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  UT : Wasatch Range : ... : Schoolroom Area
Bushwhack Crack is a very fine, beautiful jam crack on the right side of the Schoolroom wall. It is the obvious straight in splitter with several trees in it about 100' up. The first pitch is a 3-star pitch, too bad it is not longer!P1) 5.8 Climb the thin hands crack, passing the crux right off the deck. Continue up, with the crack turning to fists near the belay. The first pitch ends at a set of chain anchors and a small foot ledge. Many people rap at this point (one rope), but the second...[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?