Elevation: 8,000 ft
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Shared By: Ryan Brough on Jun 27, 2007
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Description

The Maybird Slide Area is home to some recently developed areas. A big thanks to those who built the trail; that must have taken a lot of work. The rock here is Little Cottonwood's famous quartz monzonite, but don't be expecting to find sweeping slabs here. Most of the walls are steep, juggy with the occasional crack or seam. The rock quality is good and the routes have been cleaned up, but there are sections of rotten rock. Given that this is further up the canyon and the trail isn't obvious, this area is secluded in nature. Most of the cliffs are east-facing, so they are in the shade after 2pm or so. This makes for great climbing on hot summer afternoons or for early morning climbing in cooler weather. There was a gentle breeze coming down the gully in the evening. If you're looking for something new, this is definitely worth the hike.

Getting There

Reset your odometer at the "neon" sign at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon. Drive ~3.8 miles up the canyon. You'll pass the "Maybird Avalanche Area" sign, go around a corner and then pull off to the side of the road. A lone pine tree (not very big) and a rock cairn mark the trail. This trail has cleared away most of the brush but is still relatively new. It is easy to follow and leads to a rock-filled gulch. Rock cairns take you on the path of least resistance through the gulch and into the side canyon. There are remnants of two stone huts at the first climbing area, the Purple Wall. The Maybird East Area is visible to the east from this point. Plan on a 20-25 minute approach from the car to this point.

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5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
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Purple Pumper Purple Wall
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5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
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Ryan Brough
Arvada, Colorado
Ryan Brough   Arvada, Colorado
Buy the topo for this area at IME. The proceeds fund the bolts you clip. Jul 12, 2007
I agree with Craig, the work that must have gone into the trail to the crag must have been less than fun. My compliments, and my thanks! Jul 11, 2010
Charlie S
Ogden, UT
Charlie S   Ogden, UT
Fun granite jug hauling. Who knew that existed, let alone in LCC!? Thanks to the developers! Despite the routes shorted by rock slide, it is still a worthy locale. Sep 12, 2016