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Ophir Canyon  


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Location: 40.3543, -112.3022 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

The town of Ophir was developed as a mining town, and now consists of a small community with a few mining exhibits for visitors.
Most of the rock here is limestone. Be careful of rock-fall on newer routes - this area is seeing a lot of development lately so a helmet is always a good idea!

Getting There 

Take Highway 36 South from Tooele, turn left onto Highway 73 toward Lehi and Ophir - the turn off 73 to Ophir Canyon is clearly marked. The drive is roughly 15 minutes from Tooele.

You can also go West on 73 from Lehi (I-15 South from Salt Lake City) or from Redwood Road (Highway 68 South from Western Salt Lake Valley). Drive past Eagle Mountain and Cedar Fort, the right turn to Ophir will be clearly marked.

Climbing Season



Weather station 8.5 miles from here

37 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',12],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',2],['5.8',2],['5.9',6],['5.10',13],['5.11',11],['5.12',2],['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 Ophir Canyon:
Mr. Slopey Washcloth   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   Ganja Wall
Truckin   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Portwoods Wall
Ophir Broke   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   Portwoods Wall - Upper
Free Tibet   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Portwoods Wall
Slope On A Rope   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 25'   Ganja Wall
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Featured Route For Ophir Canyon
Looking sloppy on the first attempt of the day, but I did come back and redpoint the next try.

Slope On A Rope 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a  UT : Oquirrh Mountains : ... : Ganja Wall
Crimps to Balancy slopers with one final jug....[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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By kevin parks
From: Salt Lake City
Aug 28, 2013
I couldn't narrow down which wall this was with the current MP info. There are several bolted routes with a 30 second approach - on the south side of the canyon ( i believe one of the first crags) and across the road you have more bolted routes. The routes seem to range from 5.7ish to 5.9 and on the north side of the road there are some good 5.8ish routes that run upward along the wall (very tight in the trees) and up a small rock slide area to one or two more difficult routes. Anyway... I broke my ankle due to a loose hold/jug/boulder on the red route in the picture - The jug, (coming out of an out-cropped crack system) was on-route came loose off the wall, tumbling down on me and causing a lead fall of about 10 feet - luckily my belayer dodged the ~40lb boulder... "ROCK!" -- be careful on these routes. Otherwise an overall fun day and amazing place to climb.
I couldn't narrow down which wall this was with the current MP info. There are several bolted routes with a 30 second approach - on the south side of the canyon ( i believe one of the first crags) and across the road you have more bolted routes. The routes seem to range from 5.7ish to 5.9 and on the north side of the road there are some good 5.8ish routes that run upward along the wall (very tight in the trees) and up a small rock slide area to one or two more difficult routes. Anyway... I broke my ankle due to a loose hold/jug/boulder on the red route in the picture - The jug, (coming out of an out-cropped crack system) was on-route came loose off the wall, tumbling down on me and causing a lead fall of about 10 feet - luckily my belayer dodged the ~40lb boulder... "ROCK!" -- be careful on these routes. Otherwise an overall fun day and amazing place to climb.