Elevation: 5,671 ft
GPS: 40.573, -111.771 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Jonathan Schumacher on Mar 26, 2003
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Description

The climbing here consists of both sport and trad, mostly trad.The rock is bomber granite, similar to the rest of the canyon. Some of the classic routes are: Mexican Crack (.10a), Crescent Crack (5.7), Crack in the Woods (5.9), and Hand Jive (5.8?).You can rappel most routes from the top of the climbs with a single rope, except Crescent Crack, which is descended east into a gully. Buy beer at 7-11 at the base of BCC, or better yet, go to Wyoming!

Getting There

Park in the Little Cottonwood lower canyon Park and Ride. Locate the climber's access trail in the lot's northeast corner (directly north of the restroom). Follow this trail east until you are directly below the Cresent Crack Buttress. Take the left fork and a short jaunt leads you to the base of Waterslide. Head left for the climbs.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Crescent Crack Buttress

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 455
Crescent Crack
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 242
Crack in the Woods
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 33
Lazarus
Trad 4 pitches
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 221
Hand Jive
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 140
Final Link
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 144
Crescent Crack Direct Variation
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a A0
 16
Paraplegic Ward
Trad, TR, Aid
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 78
3 Amigos
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 329
Mexican Crack
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R
 12
Missing Link
Trad 3 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 38
Multiplicity
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 48
Who's On First
Sport, TR
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 19
Closet Lycra
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 19
Grunting Gringos
Trad
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 4
Razor's Edge
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Crescent Crack
 455
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 2 pitches
Crack in the Woods
 242
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Lazarus
 33
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 4 pitches
Hand Jive
 221
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Trad
Final Link
 140
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Crescent Crack Direct Varia…
 144
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Paraplegic Ward
 16
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a A0 Trad, TR, Aid
3 Amigos
 78
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Mexican Crack
 329
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Missing Link
 12
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R Trad 3 pitches
Multiplicity
 38
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Who's On First
 48
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport, TR
Closet Lycra
 19
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Grunting Gringos
 19
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Razor's Edge
 4
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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Stevie Nacho   Utah
I was at Crescent Crack Buttress this weekend and discovered a chiseled boulder at the intersection of the trail where you go left to Crescent Crack Buttress or right to the Egg. The rock has two arrows with black tar in them and the words "Hong" and "Egg" chiseled in. It looks as though the criminal didn't finish carving "Crescent Crack Buttress" in. Maybe their wrist was tired. I've been climbing here since 1994 and I've never seen this graffiti.

THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE! PLEASE STOP!

Little Cottonwood does NOT need signs. If your are the person doing this, please stop. In fact, go back and attempt to remedy your shameful act. If you know the person(s) who did this, please beg them to stop.

With such descriptive guidebooks to the area, we do not need signs to help navigate to the crags and routes. I have found my way around crags throughout the western United States without signs. If I needed a sign I would go to Veyo, of the Gym.

Once again, please stop carving the rocks of Little Cottonwood Canyon.


Sincerely,

TROY D. ANDERSON Mar 15, 2009
I have seen this rock too. I believe it is new either this year or late last year. This cannot happen. Please, if you are not thinking of what the repercussions could be for this act, check out other areas that are no longer climbable. PLEASE stop this. It is Graffiti no matter how you look at it. It is destroying and defacing rocks. PLEASE PLEASE STOP.

SHAYNE DURFEE Mar 16, 2009
I didn't pay attention to the posted signs or the approach beta on this site, and got ticketed for parking in the small pullout across the road from the old approach trail. Jul 11, 2013
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