|Salt Lake Slips
Salt Lake Slips proves that good things can come in small packages. There are only a handful of routes here, but I'll take this sort of quality over quantity any time.
Immediately to the left, there is a 40' cave area with some wicked sport climbs. Up and to the right are several moderate bolted routes.
Salt Lake Slips is about 2.45 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon on the left side.
Enter through the Storm Mountain Picnic Area, cross the bridge, and walk west past the Storm Mountain Amphitheater.
Go up the hill, turn south, and follow the trail (turning southwest) to the top of the gully above the Slips. Descend the gully to the routes.
During very low water periods, you can park on the road opposite the climbs and safely cross the river. However, crossing the river at any other time is extremely dangerous; people have died attempting it.
An approach map is ?here?.
17 Total Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',13],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
Browse More Classics in Salt Lake Slips
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Salt Lake Slips:
Maudlin 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Sport, 1 pitch, 115'
Entre Nous 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Double Tap 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Witchhunt 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
Goth Girls 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b
PG13 Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Salem's Lot 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60'
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Witchhunt 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a UT
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A short route but very fun. The wall is very overhanging and looks super hard at first, but then you realize that there are great holds all the way up. Crux is clipping the second bolt and then pulling over the roof towards the third.This climb is on the south-facing overhung wall down and to the left of the main Slips wall. They are shaded by trees and immediately adjacent to the river. If you're traversing across the river on the tyrolean, look to the left.Nice flat belay area....[more] Browse More Classics in UT
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|Comments on Salt Lake Slips
|By Gabby Olsen|
From: Holladay, UT
Oct 1, 2013
Hey guys just a heads up, there's going to be a University of Utah climbing event at the slips this Saturday, October 5th. So it's going to be really crowded. Sorry if this interfere's with any of your plans.
Oct 1, 2013
thanks for the heads up, sounds like fun!
where should I go instead?
Jun 20, 2003
The Slips are a great place to train a new climbing partner, as there are several relatively easy (5.6-5.8) sport routes side by side. There are also a few 5.10 routes around the corner. Nice variations in the climbs, and in a few hours you can do 3 or 4 routes. It is close to the base of BCC, so it's easy to get to after work in the summer.
To avoid crowds it is good to get there by 3 if you are with someone who is climb-shy. The wall is in the shade in the afternoon, and a climber could easily attach a top rope to any of the other routes instead of leading (if they wanted, but who'd do that?). All of the climbs seem to have their ratings because they have a short crux area, and otherwise they feel easier than rated, but are enjoyable anyway.
|By Nathan Fisher|
Jun 14, 2006
There is no longer parking on the North side of the road. The recent rain storms of last week washed out part of the road/shoulder from Stairs Gulch to the former parking area of the Slips.
From: salt lake city, UT
Jun 5, 2007
Whats the deal with access now? Still no tyrolean?
I found the trail hard to follow even knowing where it was supposed to end up. Had some friends go down the wrong drainage and get a bunch of poison ivy. I think there needs to be some Caryn's or something. A good landmark though is the lone tree that looks like a bonsai or an umbrella - walk towards it and keep going it should be the next gully. I thought it was fun instead of going down the deadly scree field switch back thing to go over to the second pitch of whatever and rap down. Going up and out the gully isn't so bad.
|By Ryan Peterson|
From: North Salt Lake, Utah
Jun 5, 2007
It comes and goes. Please avoid it if it shows up and tell others not to put them up, it's dangerous and illegal, try to get more people using the path from Storm Mountain. It's a nice little hike.
|By James Garrett|
Nov 22, 2007
The approach should be abridged in the present description. ooo's map is the correct way, especially during high water periods.
Volunteers with the SLCA have built a great trail over from Storm Mountain. Use it. Kudos JK!
|By Tim Golden|
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Sep 8, 2011
The hike from Storm Mountain Picnic Area is around 15 minutes depending on fast you hike. There are a couple meandering paths through the brush on the ridge, but I think they all lead to the same entrance down some loose flat rocks. The water has been low enough to cross since mid August 2011. Going in you can jump across some rocks. Coming back out the jumps are a little harder, so we just walked through the water.
|By Billy Smallen|
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 3, 2012
The Zombie Corners are up! Climb anything between Italian Arete and Zombieland--once on the ledge make your way to the far right anchors. From there check out Zombieland's second pitch, Double Tap, and Chalking Dead. All super fun!
During high water these are a fun way to gain the ridge while avoiding the gully on your way out to Storm Mountain!