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Looking north across the canyon to the crag

Description 

This area is composed of the long two (or more in spots) tiered quartzite cliff band that overlooks Ogden from the east. The canyon to its north is Ogden Canyon; the canyon to its south is Taylor Canyon. All the walls in this area face west, so they bask in the sun in the afternoon and evening. The mornings are shady. The alcove is one exception, it faces NW and sees more shade than the other walls. This has been a nice quiet place to climb in the past. The somewhat long steep approach, wasps and rattlesnakes are enough to deter many a weak willed climber. It is slowly becoming more often visited though. Most of the routes are sport. There are also a good amount of trad routes.

Getting There 

To get to the northern walls (The Ramp Routes, Asbury Park, and The Basement): Go to 22nd street in Ogden and follow it east. The road ends at a parking lot (cars are commonly broken into here, usually via a closed window, so I would advise you not to leave valuables in your vehicle). The trail starts at the northeast corner of the parking lot. Follow a maze of mountain bike trails east to the Bonneville Shoreline trail. Follow this trail for a couple minutes as it bends to the south. A climbers trail will break off left straight up the hill. This leads to the base of a grassy ramp. Hike up this ramp to the south. You will soon arrive at The Ramp Routes and farther up you will find Asbury Park and The Basement.

To get to the southern walls (Taylor Corners Area to The Tangerine): Go to 27th street in Ogden, head east and park at the end of the street. From here follow trails and switchbacks east. These trails lead one to the upper boulder field. This field is located just south of Castle Rock(the huge boulder with white paint on its west face). Go to the north-east corner of the field via trails. Finally scramble up the talus to the base of the Utahnics Wall. To get on the second tier, climb one of the Utahnics Wall routes or climb the 4th class approach pitch just to the left of the wall.

Climbing Season



Weather station 2.4 miles from here

75 Total Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',25],['2 Stars',34],['1 Star',9],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',3],['5.7',2],['5.8',5],['5.9',4],['5.10',20],['5.11',22],['5.12',14],['5.13',5],['>=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 The Schoolroom:
South Ridge   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 60'   Tree Crack Area
Phantasmagorical   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Ramp Routes
Ethics   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Tree Crack Area
Homecoming Princess   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Ramp Routes
Interstellar   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Ramp Routes
Tree Crack   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 80'   Tree Crack Area
Teardrops on the City   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Asbury Park : Gangsta' Ledge
Rocketsauce   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   Tree Crack Area
Goodbye Blue Monday   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Tree Crack Area
Tiny Giant   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Asbury Park : Gangsta' Ledge
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Featured Route For The Schoolroom
First ascent photo.

The Traditionalist 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a  UT : Wasatch Range : ... : Asbury Park
The route ascends the clean sweep of orange quartzite, just to the south (right) of Thunder Road. Locate a small overhang that is @ 15 feet above the ground, and @ 15 feet right of Thunder Road. Climb through the small roof and follow a thin crack to a juggy rail. Traverse right a few feet, and climb a thin crack through a bulge to the two bolt anchors. Good gear protection is realized using small cams and midsized stoppers. Happy trails ...[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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walking on willard bay
walking on willard bay
General Layout: <br /> <br />The climbing is broken into two general areas, North and South.  The Northern area consists of The Ramp, Asbury Park, and The Basement,  while the Southern Area consists of The Tangerine, 5.10 Slab, The Great Flake/Treecrack Area, The Schoolroom Wall, and the Utahnics Wall.  The Alcove is pretty much in the middle.  The wall itself consists of two tiers, or levels which are split by a (usually) wide grassy ledge.  All of the areas in this guide except the Utahnics Wall are on the 2nd, or upper tier.  These areas are described from North to South, or left to right as you are looking at the cliff from Ogden.
General Layout: The climbing is broken into two g...
Looking at Schoolroom and Taylor canyon from the 27th street trailhead
BETA PHOTO: Looking at Schoolroom and Taylor canyon from the 2...
top of the ramp descent
BETA PHOTO: top of the ramp descent
Not sure the name of this one. We simi-climbed roughly 4 pitches on the southern end of schoolroom with literally 2 moves of 5.7 with a whole lotta 5.4. A fun outing!
Not sure the name of this one. We simi-climbed rou...
Schoolroom from 27th street trail head
BETA PHOTO: Schoolroom from 27th street trail head
ramp trail approach
BETA PHOTO: ramp trail approach
Northern Area: The northern areas are best approached from 22nd street.  From the parking lot, locate the large grassy ramp that angles up and to the right to Asbury Park.  This is your goal.  Follow the maze of trails to the base of this ramp, then hike the trail up the ramp to the Ramp Routes, Asbury Park, and The Basement.
BETA PHOTO: Northern Area: The northern areas are best approac...
the ledges!  all-time coolest approach
the ledges! all-time coolest approach
The Schoolroom Wall as seen from The Bonneville Shoreline Trail on Malan’s Peak.  Approach as follows: <br /> <br />The Southern area is best reached by climbing the large talus slope which is reached from 27th street in Ogden.   From 27th Street head toward “Castle Rock”, a large boulder at the base of the talus that some genius has dumped white paint on (probably a result of the questionable breeding practices in this state).   The best way to reach Castle Rock is to follow the Taylor canyon trail, just after it crosses the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, turn left on a faint path into the scrub oak.  About 50 yards before Castle Rock turn right on a steep trail that leads to the Upper Boulder field and the "Around the World Boulder".  Head to the NW corner of the Upper Boulderfield where a faint trail leads through a short band of scrub oak and onto the large talus field.  Head up the talus, veering left as you ascend to the Utahnics Wall, a smooth 50 foot wall with a sharp arete and right facing dihedral on its left side.  To reach the routes on the upper tier, either climb one of the Utahnics routes, or scrmble up 3rd class ledges just below the route “Hype Dependant”.  Once the upper tier is gained, hike 50’ north to the base of Tree Crack. From this point hiking North, you will encounter the Schoolroom Wall, The Great Flake, The 5.10 Slab, The Tangerine, and eventually (a quarter mile later) The Alcove.
BETA PHOTO: The Schoolroom Wall as seen from The Bonneville Sh...

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By Aimee Bates
Oct 11, 2008
The wasps here are insane. Count on half of your holds being taken....
I'm a NOOB, and a total sissy when it comes to aggressive type insects. This definetly added a different psychological aspect to climbing for me.
Is this the best time to climb here, when the wasps are "slow"?
By Mike Anderson
From: Dayton, OH
Oct 19, 2010
Despite the amount of time I spent climbing here, I never used to think the climbing was all that outstanding. However, I finally was able to visit Seneca Rocks in West Virginia, which is often touted as some of the best quartzite climbing in the world. Well, I have to say the Schoolroom wall is vastly superior to Seneca in many ways, and therefore, the Schoolroom must be among the best quartzite climbing in the world (The Grampians probably take the cake). If you live in Ogden, you should feel lucky to have such great climbing near by, and be proud!
By bmdhacks
Sep 12, 2012
I wouldn't really call the Utahnics wall approach line a 4th class climb. Seemed like 5.2 to me. Not the sort of thing I could easily do in boots with a backpack containing my rope, lunch, and gear.