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The Speed Trap  

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Location: 40.6232, -111.7563 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Nathan Fisher on Apr 7, 2004
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All bolted routes on a steep east facing fin of rock, that will make the hair on the back of your neck stand on end. Walk-offs or raps are possible. The climbing is not for the weak of heart.

Getting There 

Just Before Stairs Power Plant on the north side of the road is an access road with a heavy gate. Look and see, then climb.

Climbing Season

For the Big Cottonwood Canyon area.

Weather station 1.5 miles from here

5 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Speed Trap:
Mach 5   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Nitrous Oxide   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 40'   
Speed Racer   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Speed Trap   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 35'   
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Featured Route For The Speed Trap
Kate on Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous Oxide 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  UT : Wasatch Range : ... : The Speed Trap
Steep and odd climbing leads to more of the same....Begin on the ledge at the far left corner of The Speed Trap. Start awkward and steep on small, sharp holds and crimps moving up past two bolts, grab a quick breather then cut right and connect with the second bolt of Mach 5 and Neon Leon. Continue straight up from here past three more bolts pulling big moves on ever-steepening terrain. Fight or flail at the anchor!!...[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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By Boissal
From: Small Lake, UT
Jun 18, 2009
Steeeeeeeeeeep wall, it looks like another insignificant choss pile from the road but up close the routes look cleaner.
Lots of big pulls from crimps, bad feet, a bit of loose rock, and intimidating stack of blocks at the bottom and some seriously old school bolting and rating will hold your attention.

Might be good to warm up at another area...
By tenesmus
Jun 18, 2009
Just do the .10a twice, then the .11 The holds are huge.
By Mark SLC
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Apr 26, 2013
Not exactly an alpine feel here, but the climbing is surprisingly good and great for fitness if you dont have much time. Better climbing here than I was expecting.
Well bolted. Just hard to figure out which bolt belongs to which at first. Anchors and a couple bolts less than inspiring condition though. Could use some ASCA love.
By Andrew Gram
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Apr 28, 2013
Why on earth would a roadside crag in BCC have an alpine feel? The Sundial way the hell above Lake Blanche barely has an alpine feel.
By Mark SLC
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 2, 2013
Yes Andrew you are right. A little sarcasm buddy. Point is its a good place to get some fitness in if you dont mind the road noise.
By pat campana
Oct 7, 2013
Tried to climb there today. I found a bunch of butchered roosters, fruit, and sheep legs at the base of it. I am serious it was disgusting. Apparently the site was used for some pagan ritual involving animal sacrafice. I called canyon police and showed an officer the site but anyone who was think about going up there I'd say wait until next season. There is a lot of blood on the rock.
By Dela Rig
Apr 29, 2015
Anyone know anything about the trad line going up the side of this thing? Rating/Quality?
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