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Shared By: Ryan Brough on Apr 13, 2007 with improvements by Tryhard Scoville
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Here is a Big Cottonwood Canyon oddity. Instead of the traditional quartzite that the majority of the canyon is comprised of, the Powder Ridge Wall is a buttress of quartz monzonite (granite) that is similar in composition to that of Ferguson Canyon on the other side of the ridge. The buttress is north facing, and some spots see some sun in the afternoon. It can get pretty windy, and the brush doesn't provide much protection; however, the wind may provide the relief you needed from a hot sunset. The rock is not frequented often, and suffers from neglect. Loose, gritty rock is not all too uncommon here. There are quartz veins and varying sizes of quartz crystals in the rock which are very solid. So far, there are nine well bolted lines with good anchors for rappeling. You're not likely to get sandbagged here, as the ratings are pretty soft. It would be easy to walk to the top of the buttress from the east and top rope the climbs. If the crowds are getting you down, this offers a decent alternative.

Here are the routes listed from left to right:
Main Wall:
Upper Wall:

Getting There

See directions to Ferguson Canyon. Once past the water tank, follow the Ferguson Canyon trail down to where the stream is. There is a small stream crossing here and a trail hikes up the ridge. The trail winds through some brush, then over some quartzite boulders. Eventually, you reach a flat, sandy spot between the tops of the Guano and Heart walls. From here, find a faint, narrow animal trail that traverses across the grassy slope on the north facing side of the ridge. This trail leads through some more brush and leads to the center part of the buttress. Plan on a twenty minute approach. The ridge can be taxing, especially in the hot sun, so pack light. An alternate approach branches off the main trail as if heading to the Heart wall, and climbs the gully between the Guano and Heart walls to the flat, sandy spot mentioned above.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Powder Ridge Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Lying Crack
Sport, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Blood and Chalk
Sport, TR
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Berry, Berry Steep
Sport, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Lying Crack
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, TR
Blood and Chalk
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, TR
Berry, Berry Steep
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport, TR
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Ryan Brough
Orem, UT
Ryan Brough   Orem, UT
Buy the topo for this area at IME. The proceeds fund the bolts you clip. Jul 12, 2007
Duncan Murray
Salt Lake City
Duncan Murray   Salt Lake City
I think this is an awesome area, I've been climbing there for years with Greg, the only things sucky are the hike and some of the trails around the climbs, which is really not that bad. Some routes which are not posted are awesome too! Nice area when you are sick of crowds!!! Aug 4, 2007
Tosh Peters
Park City, UT
Tosh Peters   Park City, UT
This is a really fun wall with a great view. Oct 25, 2007
Boissal .
Small Lake, UT
Boissal .   Small Lake, UT
The approach is not that bad, a bit under 1/2 hour of not particularly steep ground. The silk worms were the only issue this weekend, it was a full blown invasion up there. There is an alternate gully east of Heart Wall for the descent, it's all sand so you can run down in about 2 minutes. Don't try going up it though, you'd be there for hours. Jun 2, 2008
The animal trail going north from the sandy area is easy to miss the first time. After hiking up the lower half of the ridge and scrambling over some small boulders, you reach a flat sandy clearing. If you look ahead of you (east) there's a sandy trail switchbacking further up a small hill along the ridge. Go to the north end of the sandy clearing and watch for a trail angling slightly down and east into Big Cottonwood. Jul 14, 2012
This wall is great! I can't believe it isn't more popular. I enjoyed the routes just as much if not more than anything in ferguson canyon proper. Its not that chossy. Hike up the ridge until you see a small stone careen i just built and follow the trail of to the left if you facing east. Aug 28, 2013
BrokenChairs ~
Seattle, WA
BrokenChairs ~   Seattle, WA
Is this part of the watershed or can you bring dogs? Aug 25, 2015
Cassidy Thomas
Salt Lake City, UT
Cassidy Thomas   Salt Lake City, UT
The climbs are fun but the approach is terrible in my opinion. Not long, just excessive bushwhacking and loose, steep trails. My partner and I don't know when we'll go back just because we couldn't find a good way into the wall, or a good way out. Jul 4, 2016
Stan Pitcher
Stan Pitcher   SLC, UT
Last night there was a cairn on the approach ridge marking the trail heading north to the crag base. Its a decent trail, if you are not on a decent trail you haven't found the right one yet! May 26, 2017