The Rattle Horn Rock Climbing
The Rattle Horn
The Rattle Horn is a big chunk of cobblestone on the north (left) side of the road (or trail) about a mile up City Creek Canyon. You get to surmount that one giant cobble stone you can see on the skyline from way down canyon.
The climbing is fairly adventurous for sport climbing and pretty sporty for adventure climbing. Take a few burns on the steep routes or just keep following the bolts up , they all go to the top eventually though the last pitch is a bit sloppy. The summit has a nice ledge and offfers pretty sweet views over Downtown and the Salt Lake Valley.
It is a pretty wild place for being so close to the city. Vultures, varmints, and rattlers have been seen and heard around the summit but none have ever behaved aggressively.
Rappelling is recommended to avoid trail braiding off the summit. One 70 meter rope will take you from the summit all the way to the ground or rap twice with a shorter rope.
12 quickdraws/slings and 60m or 70m rope
See below for details but remember DO NOT SHORTCUT CLIMB THE RED DIRT SLIDE below the climbs. It will be the sketchiest thing you attempt all day. Stay in the gulley all the way to the rock then 'shwack back up and around left to the routes. Your dog will take you right to it.
This is a new crag. Beware of loose and falling rock. Helmets are recommended. Dogs are allowed. Bow Wow.
From the gate at the mouth of City Creek Canyon, walk/ride your bike/drive about 1.2 miles up the canyon to site #8. Take the trail across from this site that turns back down canyon parallel to the road. Look up and see the crag up on your right. After a few hundred meters take a right into the gully that leads up to the rock.
walk up the gulley all the way to the base of the cliff. When you are almost to the base of the cliff, take the little trail that leads left toward a little outcropping away from the base. Go almost to the outcropping then find a faint switchback on the right that go back up to through the forest to the base of the cliff. Follow base until you arrive at some belay platforms. Wave of Imitation starts out on the ledge to climbers right and has a belay bolt at the bottom. Approach time from site #8 is about 15 minutes. Do not try to go up the landslide gash seen from the road below the routes, stay in the gulley.
Climbing Season For the City Creek Canyon area.
Weather station 2.0 miles from here
5 Total Climbing Routes
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Featured Route For The Rattle Horn
By bus driver
Dec 12, 2011
Anyone been up here yet?
By Leland McCarthy
From: Salt Lake, UT
May 30, 2013
The climbing is good. A bit chossy (seconding the helmet advisory). It seems though we picked a bad time as the snakes were not so pleased. One made it very well known we were not welcome as I was setting up an anchor. Which lead to my fastest rappel of all time.
Aside from that, the cobblestone makes for nice holds everywhere. Good warm up spot, good place to take a beginner. Be sure to put a knot in your ropes on this one.
Climb with caution, and mind your manners around the rattle snakes.
By bus driver
Jun 4, 2013
the horn rattled again. . .
By lange jeffries
Jun 28, 2013
There are some indian petroglyphs in the big overhang to the left of the climbs!