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Routes in Chief Wall

Chief Mo'o-wai (Shaking Hand) S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Chief Po-bisho-e-quasho (Iron Jacket) S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Chief Salad S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Chief Sick-ee-Gnar S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
General George Custer S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Geronimossimo S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Hin-mah-too-yah-lat-tekt S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Kansas City Chiefs S 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Little Big Horn S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Little Chief S 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Makhpiya-Luta S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Quanah - Last Comanche Warrior Chief S 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Scout S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Tatanka-lyotanka S 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Too Many Chiefs T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
White Buffalo S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
White Fish S 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Yah-Keerah T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
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Description

A fairly new addition to the Ruth Lake area, the chief wall offers a few moderate climbs on both gear and bolts. While the good medicine wall is bustling with folks, one can often find solace here.

Getting There

One hundred yards after the "Haymakers and Hibernators" sign on the the main Ruth Lake Trail take the trail that forks off to the left.

After a couple minutes traveling on the flat rock with lots of small rocks marking the trail there will be another fork on the left. Take this trail straight up to the cliff.

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There are definitely many routes in the Chief Wall area. Much more than are currently on Mountain Project, and harder ones, too! Not sure their ratings or names or anything, but easily an afternoon's worth of concentrated routes with good rock from 5.8 to 5.11 or so.

Also, if you happen to be backpacking in the area, I'd recommend going beyond Ruth Lake to Hayden, Jewel, or Lofty Lake(s) (not much further at all along the trail) for a more solitary and gorgeous experience. Aug 26, 2012
Ben W  
Tons of routes here, I've heard it called the "Family Wall" as well. I may have left a pair of La Sportiva shoes there over Labor Day weekend. I don't know exactly the size, but they're small, like a men's 6-7. They're lace ups and are pretty aggressively curved. I don't know the exact model, I bought them used from IME in New Hampshire Sep 8, 2012
Rob Stinogle
Salt Lake City
Rob Stinogle   Salt Lake City
Anyone have info on the routes that aren't listed on Mountain Project? We climbed a few today; I'd love to add them but have no idea on the names. Aug 24, 2014
Finally got new routes up and listed. Photos coming soon for new routes. What a great place to climb! Sep 15, 2014

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