Elevation: 4,917 ft
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Description

Of the two Cottonwood canyons, BCC is the lesser-known, despite its amazing climbing. There are hundreds of routes on dozens of crags scattered throughout the length and on either side of the canyon.

Climbing is primarily on quartzite, which tends to be slippery and hard; however, the quartzite also offers numerous holds jutting out at all angles. Because protection may be more difficult in quartzite than in the granite of LCC, BCC has more sport routes than LCC, but the majority of BCC routes are trad climbs.

Some of the picnic areas have entrance fees.

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Ice Climbing

There are a handful of ice routes in Big Cottonwood. Almost all of them are on the north side of the canyon and receive a lot of sunlight so they don't often come in really fat.

When the lines do come in, however, it makes for some enjoyable climbing. Probably not recommended for beginners because the routes are mostly thin, but during a fat year one can find an occasional short climb with top rope potential.

BCC ice generally comes in late and leaves early.

Getting There

Big Cottonwood Canyon climbs east out of Salt Lake City at about 7200 South. From the north, take the I-215 loop to Exit 6, the 6200 South exit.

Head east on Hwy 190, following signs to the ski areas of BCC (Solitude and Brighton). Turn left on Fort Union Blvd, which heads up into the canyon.

From the west, 7200 South becomes Fort Union. From the south, follow Wasatch Blvd and turn right on Fort Union.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Big Cottonwood Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 92
Jam Crack Route
Trad 3 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 595
Steorts' Ridge
Trad 3 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 115
Jig's Up
Trad 3 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 576
Outside Corner
Trad 3 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 193
Eleventh Hour
Trad 4 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 175
Glass Ocean
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 577
Hollow Man
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 116
Crescendo
Trad 4 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 123
High Dive
Trad 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 122
Dream Slate
Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 253
Better than Bitter
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 424
Goodro's Wall
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 316
Black Monday
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 139
Right Pile
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 86
Left Pile
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Jam Crack Route Mule Hollow Wall
 92
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 3 pitches
Steorts' Ridge Dead Snag
 595
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 3 pitches
Jig's Up Dead Snag
 115
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 3 pitches
Outside Corner JHCOB Wall
 576
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
Eleventh Hour Sundial
 193
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 4 pitches
Glass Ocean Glass Ocean & Environs
 175
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Hollow Man Challenge Buttress > N & W Faces
 577
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Crescendo JHCOB Wall
 116
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 4 pitches
High Dive Glass Ocean & Environs
 123
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
Dream Slate Narcolepsy Area
 122
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Better than Bitter Challenge Buttress > N & W Faces
 253
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Goodro's Wall Storm Mtn Picni… > Storm Mtn Island
 424
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Black Monday S-Curves > S-Curve - Lower
 316
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Right Pile S-Curves > S-Curve - The Pile
 139
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Left Pile S-Curves > S-Curve - The Pile
 86
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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