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Areas in Echo Canyon

Bear Hollow 0 / 19 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 19
Billboard Wall 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Bull Hollow 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Dry Wall, The 0 / 19 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 19
Mill Canyon 0 / 33 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 33
Pierced Nipple, The 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 1
Railroadside Crag 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Roadside Crag 0 / 8 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Witches, The 1 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Access Issue: Echo Canyon Seasonal Closure: Jan. 1 - second Saturday in April Details

Description [Suggest Change]

The known climbing in Echo Canyon occurs on the north side of I-80 on mainly southwest through southeast facing walls. Echo Canyon offers fun, bolt protected cobble climbing. It is very similar to Maple Canyon, and is essentially the same rock unit that hosts routes in City Creek Canyon in Salt Lake City. Pockets, slopers, crimps and jugs yield highly enjoyable climbing. Echo is a popular after work crag for Ogden, Salt Lake City, and Park City climbers.

Getting There [Suggest Change]


Directions from SLC:

From Salt Lake City follow I-80 east to Echo Canyon. After entering Echo Canyon take the first off-ramp exit (exit 169) and cross north under I-80 to the frontage road (E Echo Canyon Road) on the north side of the freeway. Start your mileage as soon as you turn RIGHT (heading east-northeast).

0.1 miles - The Pierced Nipple (tower), aka Monument Rock
2.0 miles - Mill Canyon - Choss Cave
2.5 miles - Railroadside Crag (just past two railroad buildings)
2.7 miles - Bear Hollow - Clint Eastwood Wall & Bear Hollow Wall
2.9 miles - The Dry Wall
3.2 miles - Roadside Crag
3.6 miles - Bull Hollow - Asia

Directions from Evanston:

From Evanston follow I-80 west and take exit 178. Start your mileage as soon as you cross the freeway overpass.

7.0 miles - Bull Hollow - Asia
7.4 miles - Roadside Crag
7.7 miles - Dry Wall
7.9 miles - Bear Hollow - Clint Eastwood Wall & Bear Hollow Wall
8.1 miles - Railroadside Crag
8.6 miles - Mill Canyon - Choss Cave
10.5 miles - The Pierced Nipple (tower), aka Monument Rock

Thanks to John Ross for the mileages.

86 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Echo Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 37
Starlight Express
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 41
Steel Wheels
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 28
Fist Full of Dollars
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 37
Grind and Spark
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 29
Two Stroke Bugaboo
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 31
Dirty Harry
Sport, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 50
The Lowe Route
Sport
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 39
Conductor
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 123
Something Must Break
Sport
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
 93
Pocket Full of Trundles
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 73
Stop that Terrain
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 58
Graffiti Patient
Sport
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 35
Way Hammered
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 30
The Pit
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 14
Wicked Bender
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Starlight Express Rdside Crag
 37
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Steel Wheels Rdside Crag
 41
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Fist Full of Dollars Bear Hollow > Bear Hollow Wall
 28
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Grind and Spark Rdside Crag
 37
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Two Stroke Bugaboo Rdside Crag
 29
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Dirty Harry Bear Hollow > Clint Eastwood Wall
 31
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, TR
The Lowe Route Dry Wall
 50
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Conductor Dry Wall
 39
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Something Must Break Dry Wall
 123
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Pocket Full of Trundles Dry Wall
 93
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a Sport
Stop that Terrain Dry Wall
 73
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Graffiti Patient Dry Wall
 58
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Way Hammered Dry Wall
 35
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
The Pit Dry Wall
 30
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Wicked Bender Dry Wall
 14
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
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What is the name of the wall in the little side canyon (N-S) just east of the Dry Wall where numerous new hard routes are sprouting up?
A parking spot hidden from the frontage road by bushes sits just 2 minutes below the overhanging west facing wall? thanks for any help or info? May 9, 2009
bheller
SL UT
bheller   SL UT
James, the canyon you refer to is West of the Dry Wall and it is known as Bear Hollow Canyon. Jun 25, 2009
steve edwards
SLC, UT
steve edwards   SLC, UT
Anyone have any info on the wall directly across from Walter's Cave? Aug 26, 2009
Craig Martin
Park City
Craig Martin   Park City
I went to climb in Echo Canyon yesterday 1/4/12. All of the climbing parking areas, roads and trails are marked with new signs that say CLOSED to all public access from January 1st to the second saturday in April for wintering wildlife protection. Does anyone know if this is a regular occurrence? Jan 5, 2012
steve edwards
SLC, UT
steve edwards   SLC, UT
It's been that way for the last five years or so, though sounds like there is new signage. Mar 1, 2012
LauraK  
rking101
Evanston, WY
rking101   Evanston, WY
Just so every one knows my buddy was attacked by bees at the top of maple jones in the bear hollow area. I dont not no were the nest is but im guessing its under the lip by the chains... Jul 20, 2012
Eric T.
St. Augustine, Florida
Eric T.   St. Augustine, Florida
Is there primitive camping here, or nearby? May 31, 2015
Andrew Gram
Salt Lake City, UT
Andrew Gram   Salt Lake City, UT  
The area is a redneck disneyland, with gigantic fire rings everywhere. The camping won't be super appealing with a railroad and a very busy interstate right there, plus rednecks shooting at everything, but there are loads of established campsites. Jun 1, 2015

“ACCESS ALERT: ECHO CANYON Climbing Areas (including the Dry Wall) are CLOSED until April 8th, 2017. The entire property is annually closed January 1st to the second Saturday in April.” Please respect this closure so that climbers don't loose access the rest of the year.

The main reason for the seasonal closure on the Henefer-Echo WMA is to protect wintering big game wildlife populations (primarily deer and elk) from disturbances during the winter months. This is DNR land that is managed for fish and wildlife. When the animals are disturbed during the closure time, it can cause the animals to use up more of their fat reserves and, depending upon the winter, it can contribute to them not surviving.

The cliffs along the frontage roads along I-80 and I-84, are sometimes used by nesting golden eagles, peregrine falcons and other raptors which could be disturbed by climbers in the vicinity as well. Mar 18, 2017
From the northbound rest stop, look to the northeast and a large wall with a prominent left facing corner/dihedral on the right side is obvious. Any info on this wall? Nov 24, 2017
Eric Chabot
Salt Lake City, UT
Eric Chabot   Salt Lake City, UT
As of 4/18/2018, a pair of red-tailed hawks were seen showing nesting behavior at the choss cave. Although there is no official closure, please consider avoiding this crag to give these birds the space they need to make their breeding attempt for the year. Hawkwatch-SLCA climber volunteers will continue to monitor this territory and provide updates about the status of the nest. Apr 18, 2018
J Saarela
Park City
J Saarela   Park City
Be sure to check for ticks when you get home. Found a few crawling on our bags at Dry Wall. Apr 23, 2018
I left a pair of women’s solutions size 37.5 at Dry Wall today. Did any one pick them up? Thanks! Dani 541-829-1695 May 13, 2018

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