Elevation: 5,379 ft
GPS: 40.573, -111.777 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Eric Jacobsen on Oct 2, 2001 · Updates
Admins: Andrew Gram, Nathan Fisher, Perin Blanchard, GRK, DCrane
Access Issue: Gate Buttress Area Recreational Lease: Climbs on Church Buttress above vault remain closed Details

Description

LCC offers primarily quartz monzonite (white granite, essentially) with a few areas of limestone.

Trad, sport, bouldering, and ice climbing are all well-represented here. Most of the climbs are on the sunnier, north side of the canyon, but shade may be found for those hot summer days. In addition, north-facing classic routes are found on the south side of the canyon (see especially Pentapitch Area and Coal Pit Buttress.

On the north side of the canyon, roughly from The Egg past the Gate Buttress, the rock is either owned by or the approaches to the tock cross land owned by the LDS Church. Be considerate when crossing/using these areas.

The Wasatch Resort about one mile up the canyon on the right (south) presents access problems to some of the crags on that side of the canyon as well.

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Ice Climbing

This is a well known area. The Falcon guide has numerous routes listed, but realistically only 2 that come in real thick (at least that I've seen in the last 7 years of my ice climbing experience). There are a lot of other thin routes throughout the canyon. The 2 main lines are Scruffy Band and the Great White Icicle. The GW Icicle has always got a crowd! Last year I went up there at 10 at night for a late night run up the ice thinking the route would be free. There were still 2 groups just starting up the trail. This wouldn't be too bad, but the route is somewhat narrow, so anyone climbing above you will knock ice on you. So if you're looking for a remote, backcountry experience, this is not the area. Both Scruffy and GW icicle have easy approaches (10-30min) and the routes are moderate in difficulty (WI 2-3). So if you want a close easy climb with a crowd, these are probably good places to climb.

Getting There

From the I-215 beltway around Salt Lake, take the 6200 South exit at the southeast corner of the loop. Follow signs to the ski resorts and Big and Little Cottonwood canyon. Pass the left turn into BCC and continue on Wasatch Blvd (Route 210) for a few more miles. This road leads directly up into LCC. From the south, exit I-15 at 9000 South (Route 209). Head east as 209 becomes 9400 South and eventually hits Wasatch (210) at the mouth of LCC. Turn right and head up the canyon. (camping info#littlecottonwood)

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Classic Climbing Routes at Little Cottonwood Canyon

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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 677
Pentapitch
Trad 5 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 507
Satan's Corner
Trad 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 568
The Coffin
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 586
Sasquatch
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 426
The Green Adjective
Trad 3 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 375
Gordon's Hangover
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a R
 108
S-Direct
Trad 7 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 427
Mexican Crack
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R
 82
The Fin Arete
Trad 3 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 112
The Flakes
Trad 2 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 294
Bongeater
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 195
Equipment Overhang
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 115
Tick Fever
Trad
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 117
Enter the Dragon
Trad 3 pitches
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 101
Medussa
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Pentapitch Pentapitch Area
 677
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 5 pitches
Satan's Corner Gate Buttress > Dihedrals Area
 507
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
The Coffin Coffin Buttress
 568
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Sasquatch Pentapitch Area
 586
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
The Green Adjective Green Adjective Gully
 426
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad 3 pitches
Gordon's Hangover Green Adjective Gully
 375
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
S-Direct Thumb Area
 108
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a R Trad 7 pitches
Mexican Crack Crescent Crack Buttress
 427
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
The Fin Arete Fin > Upper Fin
 82
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R Trad 3 pitches
The Flakes Gate Buttress > E Gate Buttress
 112
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 2 pitches
Bongeater Bongeater Buttress
 294
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Equipment Overhang Gate Buttress > Dihedrals Area
 195
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Tick Fever Wheeler-Newsome Wall
 115
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Enter the Dragon Dragon Arch
 117
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad 3 pitches
Medussa Hellgate Cliffs > Tower One
 101
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
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