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Good Witch Pitch S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Got Caught Stealing S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Hardheaded ... S 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Wizard of Wiz S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b

Description

This south-facing limestone wall has two bolted sport routes and a couple of abandoned projects. The limestone layers that make up the wall slope down from left to right at about a 30 degree angle making for an interesting look.

The wall has a number of small, diagonal roofs and is streaked with various colors including a fairly vivid light blue (hence the name, presumably).

Getting There

The Blue Wall is located on the north side of the canyon between the first and second bridges. When the second bridge can be seen ahead there is a large gully with a talus slope on the left (the second gully on the left after the first bridge). Slog up the talus to the top of the slope and turn left (west). The routes are on the right after a large roof with a prominent blue streak below and to the left of the roof.

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John Ross
Wasatch Front, UT
John Ross   Wasatch Front, UT
Went for a hike this evening and had another look at the boulder. It is actually a little bigger than I thought. It is my height (5'10"), so not VW Bus size Tristan, but it is VW Beetle size (which is what I meant =) ).



When I saw the boulder the first time I had not hiked past the boulder and saw no damaged vegetation on the south side of the trail. Now it is obvious that what Perin said is true. This boulder actually barreled down the slope with the others, went through the creek bed, went several feet up onto the trail, then actually tumbled down the trail several feet before stopping on the trail. Amazing.

Here are the others in the creek about the same size (sorry, my point-n-shoot doesn't take that great of photos):



youtube.com/watch?v=520lKsd… Apr 14, 2010
Perin Blanchard
Orem, UT
Perin Blanchard   Orem, UT  
I'm pretty sure the boulder in the trail came down from the south side of the canyon (along with several more large boulders that now reside in the stream bed). If you look up on the west side of the buttress that contains The Hidden and The Balcony you can see broken vegetation and additional evidence of rock fall. There is also the remains of several broken trees in the stream bed. Apr 13, 2010
Tristan Higbee
Ogden, UT
Tristan Higbee   Ogden, UT
Oh come on, it's not THAT big. It's about 4 feet tall and more or less the same in diameter. Just small enough to not provide any good bouldering! Apr 13, 2010
John Ross
Wasatch Front, UT
John Ross   Wasatch Front, UT
A VW sized boulder came down the Blue Wall talus this winter and stopped smack dab on the Rock Canyon trail. The approach to Blue Wall no longer requires the ugly slog up the talus since Andy Knight (others?) made a really awesome trail up the gully, left (west) of the tallus. The start of the Blue Wall trail is about 30 yards down canyon from the VW sized boulder. Apr 13, 2010

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