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Submitted By: Tristan Higbee on Apr 18, 2012
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This is the mountain that sits directly east of the University of Utah. The Bonneville Shoreline Trail runs along its southwestern flank. There are a couple not-very-good climbing areas on the mountain, but they're easy to access if you're at the U or in The Avenues/Downtown area.

Getting There 

Park at the Red Butte Canyon parking lot. To get there, turn from 700 E onto 400 S (which shortly turns into 500 S, which then turns into Foothill) and go 2.1 miles. Turn left on Wakara Way and go .6 miles. Turn left on Chipeta Way and follow it as it turns into Stover Way and then into Red Butte Canyon Road. Park at the large dirt parking lot at the end of the road, right before a gate. The Bonneville Shoreline Trail, which is used to access the climbing, is the obvious trail that leaves from the north side of the parking lot. (This is the same trailhead used to hike to the top of Mt. Van Cott.)

You could also access this part of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail from the northwest (and it would actually offer faster access to the bouldering spot), but you'd have to park somewhere on campus or in a residential area.

Climbing Season

For the Wasatch Range area.

Weather station 3.9 miles from here

3 Total Routes

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

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View from the top of the University Wall.
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By Tristan Higbee
From: Cambodia
Apr 18, 2012
Both of these areas have likely been climbed at for a while. I ran across them while wandering around and they might have real names that I'm not aware of. If that's the case, let me know and I'll change them. I'm not adding any specific routes to MP but if anyone feels the need to, knock yourself out.
By zoso
Apr 18, 2012
Where did you put the REAL Tristan? That wall has room for @ least 50 bolts.
By DallinH
From: Utah
Apr 19, 2012
Zoso, you sure give Tristan a ton of crap behind veiled name.
By zoso
Apr 19, 2012
Zoso: Bryce Perkins

And don't take anything I say too seriously.
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