Elevation: 6,335 ft
GPS: 40.451, -111.67 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
Page Views: 16,821 total · 95/month
Shared By: richard magill on Aug 13, 2004
Admins: Andrew Gram, Nathan Fisher, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq
Access Issue: Located in a National Forest Fee Area Details

Description

Nice, sunny (south facing) area that has some of the best moderate routes in AF.

I am from Colorado, so I road trip to AF. I always thought Escape Buttress was aptly named - we always hit it on the last day, after we are licking our wounds from being beat to death on The Billboard and all of AF's other tough areas.

The routes are moderate but not super closely bolted, so be solid at the grade and don't get hurt.

Getting There

Park at the Gray Cliffs Picnic Area parking, 1.7 miles up canyon from the visitor center. Follow the paved trail east, paralleling the road, until the trail reaches a picnic area (with bench) and the trail turns into a dirt trail that goes up the hill to a wall with many bolted routes. This is the Hard Rock area.

Follow the trail upcanyon (along the base of the crags) past a couple of crags to Escape Buttress. After passing Hard Rock on your left you will walk past the White Wave Wall (which you can't miss - it looks like a white wave), and around a corner to the grayish Escape Buttress.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Escape Buttress

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 70
Middle Class Socialist Brat
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 107
Monkey Meet
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 50
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Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Middle Class Socialist Brat
 70
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Monkey Meet
 107
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Body Bag
 50
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
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Mark Lewis
Salt Lake City, Utah
Mark Lewis   Salt Lake City, Utah
Perin - Excellent topo, thanks for putting that together! Jul 26, 2012
Zach P  
Does anybody know any info about the route around the corner to the right of dead on arrival that has a faded project tag on the first bolt? Jun 10, 2018