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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.

Climbing Season



Weather station 12.5 miles from here

217 Total Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',75],['2 Stars',95],['1 Star',37],['Bomb',2]
['<=5.6',12],['5.7',19],['5.8',28],['5.9',32],['5.10',75],['5.11',41],['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
Peace Treaty   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Ruth Lake : Good Medicine Area
Aces High   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 800'   Hayden Peak : Aces High Tower
Where Vultures Dare   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 400'   Hayden Peak : Iron Hayden Wall
Sacred Hoop   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 60'   Ruth Lake : Good Medicine Area
Black Elk   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   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
King of Twilight   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 100'   Hayden Peak : Iron Hayden 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
The Evil That Men Do   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, Alpine, 1 pitch, 85'   Hayden Peak : Iron Hayden Wall
Run To The Hills   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches, 350'   Hayden Peak : Iron Hayden Wall
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
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
Right of the crack

Mad Man of the Uinta's 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c  UT : Uinta Mountains : ... : The Moore Wall
Start off with a HARD roof problem to a thin face. From there is sweet face climbing on small crimp and side pulls. Nice red point crux awaits towards the end. ...[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...
2nd pitch.
2nd pitch.
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...
Another classic day!
Another classic day!
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...
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...
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...
Charming the Choss
Charming the Choss
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...
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.
dusk at ruth lake
dusk at ruth lake
Another fine view in the Uintas.
Another fine view in the Uintas.
2nd pitch of Future Artifacts 5.10a, 2 pitches. Eddies High, Hayden Peak.
2nd pitch of Future Artifacts 5.10a, 2 pitches. Ed...
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...
CTC
CTC
JawBone5.10
JawBone5.10
Talk about views!
Talk about views!
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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.