Elevation: 5,143 ft
GPS: 40.566, -111.804 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Peter Gram on May 15, 2004
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Access Issue: Private Property now at the entrance to Bells Canyon. Details

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).

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

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5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 10
Route of All Evil
Trad 4 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 23
Ellsworth-McQuarrie Route
Trad 6 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 17
For Whom the Bells Toll
Trad 5 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 4
The Bellagio
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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
 11
Beckey Route
Trad 4 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 3
Lowe Variation
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5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a C1+ PG13
 3
The Sting
Trad, Aid 3 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b A1
 6
Winged Warrior
Trad, Aid 8 pitches
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 163
Arm and Hammer
Trad 6 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 7
Butcher Knife
Trad 4 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 12
Beast
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5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 5
The Nerve
Trad 3 pitches
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 12
Beauty
Trad 4 pitches
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 5
Kinabalu
Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 7
Cymbals Of The Sun
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Route of All Evil E Bell Tower
 10
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 4 pitches
Ellsworth-McQuarrie Route Middle Bell Tower
 23
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 6 pitches
For Whom the Bells Toll Waterfall Dome
 17
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 5 pitches
The Bellagio Waterfall Dome
 4
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 4 pitches
Beckey Route W Bell Tower
 11
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R Trad 4 pitches
Lowe Variation Middle Bell Tower
 3
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
The Sting W Bell Tower
 3
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a C1+ PG13 Trad, Aid 3 pitches
Winged Warrior Middle Bell Tower
 6
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b A1 Trad, Aid 8 pitches
Arm and Hammer Middle Bell Tower
 163
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad 6 pitches
Butcher Knife Middle Bell Tower
 7
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad 4 pitches
Beast Bell's Beast
 12
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad 5 pitches
The Nerve W Bell Tower
 5
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad 3 pitches
Beauty Bell's Beast
 12
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad 4 pitches
Kinabalu E Waterfall Dome
 5
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
Cymbals Of The Sun Middle Bell Tower
 7
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