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Description

Bell's Canyon is a truly spectacular place to visit. The hike in is worth it alone. Just as beautiful as the neighboring Little Cottonwood Canyon, this canyon feels more remote and has no road. The Bells lie within the Lone Peak wilderness.

The rock on the Bells is generally good near the bottom, but deteriorates higher up on the walls. Be prepared for more of an alpine experience (except with chain anchors!) than in the Cottonwoods. Crowds seem to be kept away from this canyon because of a long approach - at least an hour for any climb. The Bells face south, so the walls get hot in the summer. However, the altitude is higher, so it takes longer for snow to melt in the spring (probably melted out by April).
Private Property now at the entrance to Bells Canyon. Details

Getting There

Exit on Wasatch Blvd. from I-215. Follow Wasatch past Big Cottonwood Canyon heading south. Stay on Wasatch Blvd. as it approaches Little Cottonwood Canyon (requires a right turn at a stoplight - don't go to LCC). Look for a parking area on the east side of Wasatch at 10245 South. This is the trailhead, which has changed since the printing of Ruckman's book. From here, a popular hiking trail climbs steeply east into Bell Canyon.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Bell's 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
Route of All Evil
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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Ellsworth-McQuarrie Route
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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
For Whom the Bells Toll
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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
The Bellagio
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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
Beckey Route
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5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Lowe Variation
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5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b A1
Winged Warrior
Trad, Aid 8 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Butcher Knife
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5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Beast
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5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
The Nerve
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5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Beauty
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5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Kinabalu
Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Arm and Hammer
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5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Cymbals Of The Sun
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Route of All Evil E Bell Tower 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 4 pitches
Ellsworth-McQuarrie Route Middle Bell Tower 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 6 pitches
For Whom the Bells Toll Waterfall Dome 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 5 pitches
The Bellagio Waterfall Dome 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 4 pitches
Beckey Route W Bell Tower 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R Trad 4 pitches
Lowe Variation Middle Bell Tower 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Winged Warrior Middle Bell Tower 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b A1 Trad, Aid 8 pitches
Butcher Knife Middle Bell Tower 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad 4 pitches
Beast Bell's Beast 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad 5 pitches
The Nerve W Bell Tower 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad 3 pitches
Beauty Bell's Beast 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad 4 pitches
Kinabalu E Waterfall Dome 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
Arm and Hammer Middle Bell Tower 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad 6 pitches
Cymbals Of The Sun Middle Bell Tower 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad 6 pitches
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Broseph L
Salt Lake City, UT
Broseph L   Salt Lake City, UT
Bouldering in Bells: There is some bouldering in Bells, the best area is the Bridge Boulders, located about 40 minutes from the trailhead. Just follow the main bells trail (there will be signs) until you cross a small footbrigde to the south. Just south of the brige are some really fun problems, and there is potential for more. If you're ever up in Bells, check it out! Sep 10, 2009

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