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Wasatch Range

The Wasatch Range stretches from northern Utah, near the Idaho border, to central Utah beyond Mt. Nebo.

The range contains several major canyons, and a lot of minor canyons. Logan and American Fork Canyon (among others) are limestone; Big Cottonwood Canyon is quartzite, and Little Cottonwood Canyon is granite-like quartz monzonite. Superb climbing in all four of these.

In addition Bell's Canyon, near Salt Lake City, and Rock Canyon, near Provo, deserve mention.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Wasatch Range

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c
South Ridge
Trad, Alpine
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Lowe Route
Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
The Coffin
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Center Thumb
Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a R
Trad 7 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Mexican Crack
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Triple Overhangs
Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Goodro's Wall
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Arm and Hammer
Trad 6 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Equipment Overhang
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Tick Fever
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Sport 22 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
License To Thrill
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
South Ridge Wasatch Alpine… > Mt Superior / Monte C…
Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c Trad, Alpine
Lowe Route Lone Peak Cirque > Question Mark Wall
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
The Coffin Little Cottonwo… > Coffin Buttress
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Center Thumb Lone Peak Cirque > S Summit Wall
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
Sasquatch Little Cottonwo… > Pentapitch Area
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
S-Direct Little Cottonwo… > Thumb Area
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a R Trad 7 pitches
Mexican Crack Little Cottonwo… > Crescent Crack Buttress
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Triple Overhangs Lone Peak Cirque > Summit Wall
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
Goodro's Wall Big Cottonwood… > Storm Mtn Picni… > Storm Mtn Island
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Arm and Hammer Bell's Canyon > Middle Bell Tower
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad 6 pitches
Bongeater Little Cottonwo… > Bongeater Buttress
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Equipment Overhang Little Cottonwo… > Gate Buttress > Dihedrals Area
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Tick Fever Little Cottonwo… > Wheeler-Newsome Wall
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Squawstruck Rock Canyon > Squaw Peak
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Sport 22 pitches
License To Thrill American Fork C… > Membrane
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
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Mike Kurilich
Salt Lake City
Mike Kurilich   Salt Lake City
WARNING! A person or persons has chopped the routes at Geezer Wall!!! At this point do not waist your time going up to climb at this crag. I am going to hike up and assess the damage done by the culprits this afternoon.

If anyone knows the individuals that went to the trouble to KILL this crag we'd like to have a discussion on why such a harsh measure was taken to KILL a little gem that had a host of SAFE sport and mixed routes for the 5.5 to easy 5.10 leader. To put it bluntly, you people are anti-climbing community and ought to quit climbing. The amount of effort (with significant cost) to put up these routes FOR THE SLC CLIMBING COMMUNITY and beyond, and the quality and well thought out nature of the routes, did not justify KILLING THE CRAG.

It's in the hands of all you climbers out there if you feel this was justified fine, call the Geezer Wall dead. If you feel this action was unnecessary and want the routes to go back up come together and make it happen prove to those freaks that did the deed this is uncalled for, will not be tolerated and unacceptable in this climbing community. Thanks for the support!

Localism sucks and like on the coast, those that adopt this elitist mentality need to be called out and punished. Banishment from climbing in the central Wasatch is the minimum these individuals need to receive: Yeah I'm really irked about this BS. Sep 26, 2009
Salt Lake City, UT
triznuty   Salt Lake City, UT
The Wasatch Range has a long history of bold visions and extraordinary pioneers that have made climbing in these here parts some of the best around. Which brings people from all over the world to get a little taste of it. Some would even like to leave their own mark. That's great and encouraged. But we can't just go running around this precious wilderness area doing what we please. It's potentially damaging, not only to the long and beautiful climbing history here, but to the access of all of it. We are not as lucky as the ones who were around during the "Golden Era". But we can respect the ones that were and not taint what they started here in the Wasatch. So with new people come new points of views. I recommend that if you have "sporty" stuff in mind, then consult the SLCA (saltlakeclimbers.org/) first. Especially before mass drilling a bunch of bolts, or on the other hand just removing a bunch of bolts too. They are the local body that represents our climbing community in this area.

The bolt wars will go on. But please understand that by trying to make things doable for all or even yourself is not always possible first of all. And access will not stay available forever if we let everybody in on the secret. It's okay to stay on the ground if you're not ready for it that day. There's always tomorrow. It's okay to aspire to greater things. Aug 4, 2010
Joseph Kall
Cedar City, UT
Joseph Kall   Cedar City, UT
I will collaborate the comment about tics. They exist and the threat is real! I got bit by one tick (Little Cottonwood area)and came up positive for Lymes IgM P23 Ab. I was asymptomatic (no symptoms)! I was lucky to discover I was positive and just finished 90 days of antibiotics. Do not take the threat lightly. This disease is often misdiagnosed due to its varying symptoms. It can cause permanent damage and or death if left untreated. Oct 16, 2011
Check out some of the beta and photos from my recent trip out to SLC! http://biersons.com/2012/07/29/rock-climbing-in-salt-lake-city-utah/ Jul 29, 2012
Climbed Open Book on Pie and Beer Day last week. Some how lost a number 2 TCU and Wild Country sling draw. If you find it and would be kind enough to return it I would gladly make it worth your time i.e. Beer, Money, a Thank You Card or Cookies.

763-458-4825 Jul 30, 2012
Found climbers's pack in Big Cottonwood Canyon fall of 2012; lots of valuable equipment; still trying to find owner. Describe contents and equipment on pack; call P Glenn @ 801-558-3312 Jul 29, 2013
Hey whats up all local and visiting climbers of the Wasatch range. I am new in town here and I live right at the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon,
only problem is I have no climbing Partners in the area. I am a safe climber, and can lead in the 5-7 to 5-10 b range and am up for challenges above that grade to. Just no climbing partners for outside. If your interested please text me at 719 429 7091 my name is Brendan you won't be disappointed i am safe, easy to get along with, and up for a good time. So if you need a partner or wouldn't mind showing a newbie around the area CALL ME. Thanks everyone. Nov 2, 2013
I think I lost my ring in either the 5-mile or hillside parking. It is a gray tungsten ring with a polished band in the center. If you find it please see me let me know. matthew.garvin7@gmail.com Nov 8, 2013
Lost my smith sunglasses on the bong eater up LCC. if you find them make me proud. 8017930521

thanks May 16, 2014

An evening of pro athletes, arm wrestling, vendor booths, beer, crate stacking, pig roast, silent auction, crate stacking, and free swag galore!
Sponsored by Red Rock Brewery
June 12th, 2014 / 6-10pm
2084 E 3900 S, Salt Lake City (BD parking lot)
$25 in advance at SaltLakeClimbers.org
$30 at the door ($25 SLCA Members at the door)
$10 for kids under 12
TICKETS SaltLakeClimbers.org
$ RAISED = Adopt a Crags, Joe’s Valley potties, Craggin’ Classic, Wasatch Anchor and Bolt Replacement, A VOICE FOR WASATCH CLIMBERS May 26, 2014

TICKETS: ow.ly/NzXcN

Protect Wasatch climbing by attending the 6th Annual SLCA Fundraiser Party hosted by Black Diamond. Crate stacking, DJ Matty D 'Make it Fit', arm wrestling, silent auction, Himalayan Kitchen food, Moab Brewery Beer, vendor tents from our sponsors, and more! Jun 8, 2015
Found some sunglasses up at The Pile in BCC today, if you lost them, text me with a description of them at 801-699-4535. Jul 13, 2015

The SLCA exists to provide a unified voice for climbers in the Wasatch and surrounding regions through advocacy, stewardship, community, and education.

This is the Salt Lake Climbers Alliance’s main fundraiser of the year. All proceeds help pay to steward the outdoor places we love to climb. Funds go towards advocacy work, trail and staging area improvements at local crags, bolt replacement, latrines, education events and more. Games including crate stacking, arm wrestling by local outdoor companies. You don’t have to be a climber to have fun at this party!
saltlakeclimbers.org/events/ May 17, 2016
brad munk
Cleveland, Ohio
brad munk   Cleveland, Ohio
Has anyone found a grey chalk bag with purple cord and a scented chalk ball? I think I lost it roughly two weeks ago bouldering in little or at the slips in big. The cord had a sentimental piece of rubber attached that looked like a noodle. Please contact if you found, would mean a lot. Thanks! May 22, 2016
What: Salt Lake Climbing Festival
The Salt Lake Climbing Festival is a unique event focused on educational clinics and mentorship. Stay with us up at the beautiful Peruvian Lodge, Alta, Little Cottonwood Canyon for an all-inclusive weekend of yoga, outdoor climbing clinics, camping, cocktails, meals, & slideshows.

Clinics include multi-pitch, traditional Lead Climbing, Top Site Self Rescue, Sport Lead Climbing, Light & Fast Alpinism, and more.

As our sport grows and more climbers come from the climbing gym to the outdoors, each of us must become better stewards of our climbing areas in order to maintain our access - not only through crag care, but also through mentorship at the crag. Become a better climber and join us!
When: August 27-28th
Where: Peruvian Lodge, Alta, Utah
Tickets: $99 Full Weekend Pass, $20 Saturday Night Only saltlakeclimbers.org/events/ saltlakeclimbers.org/events…

Jul 3, 2016
Adopt a Crags
Lower Little Cottonwood Canyon
Staging & Climbing Access Trail Improvements
Saturdays & Sundays
Location: Meet in the lower Little Cottonwood Park-n-Ride. If you miss the morning meet up, join the crew at the work area. / Work Areas include: Crescent Crack & Mexican Crack Staircase, Bong Eater, Secret Garden, Coffin / Notes: Bring water and snacks. Long pants, close-toed shoes, helmets, gloves, sun protection and sunglasses are required. Expect heavy lifting and physical work.
Register: saltlakeclimbers.org/adopt-a-c...
An Adopt a Crag is about giving back to the climbing areas we use on a regular basis. It is important that we make an effort to maintain and care for our climbing areas in order to keep them open. Climbing is a privilege and not a right. Give back to your crag and volunteer with us today.
Sep 18, 2016
found: scarpa rock shoes around the gate bouldering area. contact me at 6019682160 with details of the shoes so i know they are yours and you can come pick them up. Oct 19, 2016

Salt Lake Climbers Alliance Fundraiser
The SLCA exists to provide a unified voice for climbers in the Wasatch and surrounding regions through advocacy, stewardship, community, and education.

8th Annual SLCA Fundraiser Party
June 8th   6-10PM
Black Diamond Parking Lot (2084 E 3900 S, Salt Lake City 84124)
Hosted by Black Diamond
$25 Adult / $15 Kids (10 and under) / Free for kids under 1 year
($35 Adult, $25 Kids 10 and under, free kids under 1 year At the Door)
SLCA Membership ($15 value)
Food by Yoshi’s Japanese Grill
Beer by Moab Brewery  
DJ Matthew Fit
Games by Black Diamond, Momentum Indoor Climbing, Liberty Mountain, REI, Goal Zero, Petzl, The Gear Room, CAMP Human Performance, Gnarly Nutrition, The Front Climbing Club
Silent Auction
saltlakeclimbers.org/events/ May 30, 2017
Hello, I lost one of my climbing shoes in the area about a month ago. It is an orange Butora Altura (narrow fit). Lit me know if you found it! Much appreciated. Jan 5, 2018
Wasatch Back, UT
drewford   Wasatch Back, UT
It would seem that with over 4k routes we could subdivide the Wasatch climbing areas? Logan, Ogden, SLC, Provo/Orem, etc? Mar 17, 2018
Heads up folks!
The SLCA, Access Fund and Single Track Trails will be sending trail crews out to work on the Gate Buttress This spring. We are psyched to be stewards of this beloved climbing area! This year our efforts will focus on the Schoolroom, Green Adjective, the Fin and Dihedrals. You will see flagging and the crews out working over the next few weeks. Please respect any closure signs on portions of trail as they are there for your safety. Show your support for these climbing areas by joining us on an upcoming Adopt a Crag volunteer day April 14th & 28th, as well May 12th and 26th. Be sure to pre-register here: saltlakeclimbers.org/adopt-…
Thanks! Mar 30, 2018
Tickets: saltlakeclimbers.org/upcomi…
Hosted by Black Diamond
June 7th
6:00 - 10:00 PM
Black Diamond Parking Lot
Tickets at SaltLakeClimbers.org

Protect the places you love to climb by joining the community for an evening of food by Yoshi's Japanese Grill, fun by SLCA’s corporate industry sponsors, music by DJ Matthew Fit, Moab Brewery beer & silent auction.

Funds raised will go towards replacement of aging fixed hardware, stewardship of Wasatch crags including the newly leased Gate Buttress parcel in Little Cottonwood Canyon, climbing education at the Salt Lake Climbing Festival, advocacy, and more.

Get your tickets before June 7th, and your ticket includes an annual SLCA membership and entry into a drawing for a Black Diamond rope, draws, shoes, harness, pack and helmet.
Tickets: $30 in advance $35 at the door $15 for kids
saltlakeclimbers.org/upcomi… May 20, 2018