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Uinta Mountains 


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Location: 40.7473, -110.511 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Nathan Fisher on Jan 18, 2006
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Description 

The Uinta Mountains are a relatively high elevation locale away from the summer heat in the valleys. It consists of steep horizontally cracked quartzite. A newcomer to the climbing scene, the Unita's have evolved into a popular sport climber's destination.


Getting There 

From SLC, take I-80 east to exit 148. Take US-40 toward Vernal for 3.8 miles. Exit 4 will be UT-248. Take a left and drive for 11.4 miles. Turn left onto UT-32 (S. Main St.) in Kamas. Drive .2 miles then turn right onto UT-150 (E. Center St. (Mirror Lake Scenic Byway)).

Expect 1 hr. and 20 min. from SLC.


200 Total Routes


['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',69],['2 Stars',87],['1 Star',36],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',12],['5.7',18],['5.8',23],['5.9',29],['5.10',72],['5.11',36],['5.12',7],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',1],['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 Uinta Mountains:
Fear of Gear   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 40'   Stone Garden
Vulgaria   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   Cliff Lake
Peace Treaty   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Ruth Lake : Good Medicine Area
Where Vultures Dare   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 400'   Hayden Peak : Iron Hayden Wall
Black Elk   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Ruth Lake : Good Medicine Area
Sacred Hoop   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 60'   Ruth Lake : Good Medicine Area
Wish You Were Here   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, Alpine, 1 pitch, 90'   Moosehorn : The Moore Wall
Native Utard   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Wall Of Tiers
The Legend   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Ruth Lake : Good Medicine Area
Scalp Fest   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 60'   Ruth Lake : Last Stand Wall
The Shield   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Wall Of Tiers
Moon Stone   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Ruth Lake : Good Medicine Area
Sun & Steel   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches, 400'   Hayden Peak : Iron Hayden Wall
Dream Catcher   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport   Ruth Lake : Good Medicine Area
Wind Walker   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Ruth Lake : Good Medicine Area
Dog Man   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Ruth Lake : Warrior Wall
Sessions   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 60'   Stone Garden
Good Medicine   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Ruth Lake : Good Medicine Area
Ghost Dance   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 40'   Ruth Lake : Good Medicine Area
Warrior Without a Cause   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Ruth Lake : Warrior Wall
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Featured Route For Uinta Mountains
a foreshortened view of the Iron Hayden Wall.

Sun & Steel 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a  UT : Uinta Mountains : ... : Iron Hayden Wall
This route is located on the right side of the Iron Hayden Wall, just left of an obvious crack system (Where Vultures Dare). Look for a line of yellow bolt hangers....[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

Photos of Uinta Mountains Slideshow Add Photo
High Uintas
High Uintas
climbing at cliff lake
climbing at cliff lake
Ostler Peak from Ostler Meadow.  My dad and brothers on an Independence Day backpacking trip.
Ostler Peak from Ostler Meadow. My dad and brothe...
Another classic day!
Another classic day!
Wyld Stallyns 5.10. The Most Excellent Crag. Hayden Peak. Nice storm clouds! Got rained out big time shortly after this photo was taken. <br /> <br />
Wyld Stallyns 5.10. The Most Excellent Crag. Hayde...
crack in the stack
crack in the stack
Photo by Tyler Phillips <br /> <br />
Photo by Tyler Phillips

Umbrella retrieval mission at the Moosehorn. Hayden peak looking snowy in the background.
Umbrella retrieval mission at the Moosehorn. Hayde...
2nd pitch.
2nd pitch.
3rd pitch of Up the Irons 5.11, 4 pitches. Iron Hayden Wall, Hayden Peak.
3rd pitch of Up the Irons 5.11, 4 pitches. Iron Ha...
morning at ruth
morning at ruth
Is this is how they climb in columbia? Paul @ Notch Lake.
Is this is how they climb in columbia? Paul @ Notc...
Talk about views!
Talk about views!
dusk at ruth lake
dusk at ruth lake
Charming the Choss
Charming the Choss
King's Peak, the highest point in Utah, along with its lofty neighbors.  Photo taken from ridge between Red Castle and Wilson Peak.  Great view of the lakes from here (not pictured).
King's Peak, the highest point in Utah, along with...
Small pond along the way.
Small pond along the way.
The ever roaming moose!
The ever roaming moose!
Another fine view in the Uintas.
Another fine view in the Uintas.
Red Castle from below Red Castle Lake.  A long way to pack your rack, near-constant rock fall, yet a rumor exists that it has been climbed!
Red Castle from below Red Castle Lake. A long way...
2nd pitch of Future Artifacts 5.10a, 2 pitches. Eddies High, Hayden Peak.
2nd pitch of Future Artifacts 5.10a, 2 pitches. Ed...
JawBone5.10
JawBone5.10
CTC
CTC
CTC
CTC
Shot from camping area, believe that's Blady in the background or close to it.
Shot from camping area, believe that's Blady in th...
Russo , getting Cobra'd
Russo , getting Cobra'd
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By Ryan Brough
From: Arvada, Colorado
Jun 11, 2007

Uinta Rock, by Nathan Smith and Paul Tusting, is a fantastic resource for those interested in climbing along the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway. Complete with photographic topos, maps to the crags, scenic action photos and helpful information for local services, this guide is a passport to some super summer climbing, away from the heat and crowds.

By Josh M.
From: Golden, CO
May 15, 2009

What's the camping scene like here? Haven't checked the Uinta Rock guide, but is there any nearby? Parking? Thanks!

By adam brink
From: Boulder, CO
May 18, 2010

Could anyone comment on the quality of the climbing in the Uintas? Is it road trip worthy? Thanks!

By Andrew Gram
Administrator
From: Salt Lake City, UT
May 19, 2010

I wouldn't road trip there from the East Coast, but from Boulder it is certainly worth a 3-4 day weekend.

By adam brink
From: Boulder, CO
May 21, 2010

What are the best walls and where is the best camping? Thanks!

By Baylord
From: Fort Worth, Texas
Jul 24, 2010

I was up there for a day on the 21st of july it was awesome, the weather was nice and the routes were great too.

By Bastian
Aug 29, 2012

An update for directions.

Take exit 146 instead of 148.

Awesome place to climb. Went up 8/27.

By Andrew R.
From: Fairfax, VA
Aug 4, 2013

I have been looking around for the Uinta Rock book, however everyone seems to be out of the book and its out of print. Does anyone know if either the Rock Climbing the Wasatch Falcon Guide or the Rock Climbing Utah 2nd Edition have sufficient coverage for the Uintas? Many thanks for any feedback.