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Routes in Mule Hollow Wall

Center Face T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Down, Dirty, Doublecrossed T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Everything And Nothing T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
Explorien T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Glasnost T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
Ground Glass, The T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
High on Crack T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Implorien S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Jam Crack Route T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Left of Center Route T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Ravages Of Time S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Sands of Time, The S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Unknown A S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Unknown B S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a


This east facing wall is excellent for moderate traditional leaders. The wall is 500 feet high and has at least 13 routes on it, most of those in the 5.5 to 5.8 range. While only a 45 minute approach from the road in Big Cottonwood Canyon, you will find great seclusion. It feels remote and alpine. If you want multi pitch climbing and to escape the crowds, this wall is for you.

Getting There

Park at the pullout just after crossing the creek .2 miles up canyon from the Storm Mountain Picnic area.

Hike up the canyon due north for 3/4 a mile. Look for the wall to your left. Avoid cutting up the slope too soon. Look for talus fields or for a semi-obvious trail. Leaving the main trail and heading up towards the wall is a bit of a pain. It is steep, and not very enjoyable, but are escaping the crowds!

Allow 45 minutes to an hour for the approach.

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We missed the turn off because of over growth. It is just past the large Round gumdrop shapped boulder on the west side of the stream. The approach was brutal Jul 16, 2016
Tofu Brain
Tofu Brain   Denver
^I agree! If you haven't picked up the guide book to the Wasatch yet it will definitely help out, outdated but you can fill in the blanks with MP! Jun 23, 2016
It's refreshing to see newbies complain of bolts instead of wanting them everywhere.

Thank you!

Next time, look more closely at the book/MP and you'll find plenty of gear routes up there. Jun 23, 2016
We're newbies to trad climbing, assuming we were on the right wall, all five of the climbs that we did-at least to the first pitch were bolted. This was very disappointing to us because we hauled all of our trad gear up to the wall and didn't have an opportunity or even see areas on the routes to use the trad gear. They were fun, easy climbs, we just were hoping to be able to use our trad gear to get used to placing the gear on easy routes and were not able to. Jun 23, 2016
Sean A Smith
South Salt Lake, UT
Sean A Smith   South Salt Lake, UT
I found the approach to be quite straightforward though I was worried about getting lost because of the numerous route descriptions. When I hiked up (August 2015) there were two cairns on the left side of the trail which were spaced about 5 feet apart and marked either side of the path where you depart the stream bed and start hiking up the steep slope. About 50 feet after the double cairns I came to a single cairn where you take another left and keep heading up hill on a narrow trail till you hit the wall. Aug 9, 2015
Spencer Weiler
Salt Lake city
Spencer Weiler   Salt Lake city
Walkoff beta: from the top of the main wall(center face, jam crack) descend on the big ledge down towards the gully to the south. Its mostly 3rd class with some bushwacking and loose rock. You should not need to climb up anything significant. Once you enter the gully via some loose sharp rock, you descend down towards to the big pine tree that is the first of the 2 raps(fixed line w/ knots here as of today) but 30 feet above the tree skirt up onto a narrow brushy ledge on the south of the gully that leads you up and out. The Ruckman guide suggest climbing a mossy slab at the top of the gully to exit, but this is unnecessary. Continue traversing south until you can descend down into easy albeit very bushwacky terrain. Heading straight down takes you back to the riverbed, or traversing hard left(north) will get you to the trail. Took us maybe 20 min from the top to the river.

The raps are likely much more pleasant, but walkoffs are nice if you need em. May 14, 2015
As the descriptions on here are a bit muddled:

Routes from L to R on Sea of Glass wall:

Ground Glass 5.6
Everything and Nothing 5.7
Sands of Time 5.9+
Sea of Glass 5.9+ R
Ravages of Time 5.9+
Glassnost 5.8 R Nov 8, 2012
ddriver   SLC
The uphill route You are on Your Own isn't listed here, but I'm giving it 4 stars anyway even with the funky approach. Jun 28, 2010
Tryhard Scoville
Sandy, UT
Tryhard Scoville   Sandy, UT
Parking: N40 37.594' W111 44.541' alt:5810ft.
Fork: N40 37.890' W111 44.816' alt:6350ft.
Mule Hollow: N40 37.916' W111 45.046' alt:6950.
I had trouble finding this my first time up and spent a lot of time and energy bush whacking and hiking up talus. Hope the following instructions help. The time estimates assume moderately fast hiking with packs. From the parking area, hike up the trail for 15 minutes, or 0.4 miles (don't go .75 miles like I did the first time). Look for a cairn marking the trail to the left. The stream bed will be on the right. The "candy cane" tree is no longer standing, but laying on the ground next to the trail. This trail cuts off before the route described in the Ruckman guide. Head up the steep trail. After roughly 10 minutes, look for the talus slope on the right and a small boulder in the middle of the trail. The trail forks here. If you go right you will hike through a little scree, then hit Mule Hollow wall after another 10 minutes of hiking. If you follow the left fork, you will be heading toward the Sea of Glass wall, and will hit it after another 10 minutes of hiking. Total time is 35-45 minutes. Sep 12, 2009
Ryan Brough
Arvada, Colorado
Ryan Brough   Arvada, Colorado
Nathan's approach versus the Ruckman approach. Verdict=follow the candycane tree, unless you prefer loose talus. Nathan's route has more switchbacks, shade, and fewer steep spots. Sep 4, 2006
john gilchrist
sLC, utah
john gilchrist   sLC, utah
Once you get to the approach that leads up to the wall from the main trail it gets pretty steep for a while. When you hit the wall just skirt accross it to get to the climb you want. Climbs around Jam Crack require a little bit of a scram, not bad though.

fun climbs with no walk off. Jul 9, 2006
Peter Gram
Cupertino, CA
Peter Gram   Cupertino, CA  
The last part of the approach is a little tedious. I had a bit of trouble finding the side trail up to the wall, but eventually figured it out. Along the way, there are 2 cairns along the left side of the trail. Take the somewhat obscure spur at the second cairn. This is right before a stream crossing. Follow the trail up through talus and maybe some bushwhacking to get to the wall. Jun 13, 2004

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