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The Original Wall

Utah > Wasatch Range > Southern Wasatch > Hobble Creek Canyon

Description

A section of good-sized limestone cliffs along with numerous boulders, this area appears as Hobble Creek Canyon in the Ruckman guide.

There are three bolted sport lines, but lots of room for others. There are apparently a number of boulder problems that have also been done.

Apparently there are a lot of rattlesnakes in the area. The one time I visited the crag, I saw a small one.

Getting There

The crag is located up the right fork of Hobble Creek Canyon on Uinta National Forest land. Follow the road past the golf course and bear right at the fork. Note when the Uinta National Forest sign appears. Park at a turnout on the right, 1.5 miles past the sign (itÂ’s 9.2 miles from the I-15 freeway to the sign). The crag itself appears before the turnout and is quite obvious.

Slog up the hill to the crag, remarking in wonder (as Walt did) at all of the boulders.

Routes from Left to Right

5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 1
Old school
Trad, Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 1
Old school 1
Trad, Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 2
Back Of The Wall
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 2
The Big Tuff
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Old school
 1
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad, Sport
Old school 1
 1
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad, Sport
Back Of The Wall
 2
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
The Big Tuff
 2
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport

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The original wall is located on the middle tower of the photo
[Hide Photo] The original wall is located on the middle tower of the photo
Awesome boulder with classic v4 and v7. One of the first ones, on the way up to the wall.
[Hide Photo] Awesome boulder with classic v4 and v7. One of the first ones, on the way up to the wall.
Rob Miklia first climb up the original wall i wish these climbs had names this climb i would have to call call it The smooth spot because about 3/4 the way up you hit a real smooth area that can be a bugger to get past
[Hide Photo] Rob Miklia first climb up the original wall i wish these climbs had names this climb i would have to call call it The smooth spot because about 3/4 the way up you hit a real smooth area that can be…
Can you believe there are only 5 bolted routes up here come on! this site is prime for some gnarly climbing.
[Hide Photo] Can you believe there are only 5 bolted routes up here come on! this site is prime for some gnarly climbing.
Hobble creek canyon the original wall Lots of room for more routes
[Hide Photo] Hobble creek canyon the original wall Lots of room for more routes
Chris (climbing) and Aren Sorensen playing around on one of the boulders below the Original Wall.
[Hide Photo] Chris (climbing) and Aren Sorensen playing around on one of the boulders below the Original Wall.
The crag from the road.
[Hide Photo] The crag from the road.

Comments [Hide ALL Comments]

Perin Blanchard
Orem, UT
[Hide Comment] I've only ever heard this area referred to (and that rarely) as "those other routes in Hobble Creek." I gave it the name Walt's Wonderland because my buddy ran from boulder to boulder exclaiming gleefully as we slogged our way up the crag one day.

If anyone knows a more proper name, I'd love to hear it. Oct 26, 2008
[Hide Comment] This cliff never had a name, just the Hobble Creek Canyon Wall. I would probably call it The Original Wall since it was the first wall to be bolted in Hobble Creek. This was the first wall that Boone Speed, Jeff Pedersen, and Chris Laycock bolted before moving on to American Fork Canyon. They would most likely be the first "sport climbs" in Utah County. Bill Boyle and Vince Adams were there, but they were busy establishing a trad line. Both said it was one of the scariest trad leads of their careers. Oct 28, 2008
Perin Blanchard
Orem, UT
[Hide Comment] The Original Wall it is. Oct 28, 2008
[Hide Comment] We hiked up there this weekend figuring to snag tons of new lines. But after humping up the hill (approx. 650 feet of elevation gain) with all our crap we debated how worth while it was to develop this wall. It is pretty apparent why she was abandoned. The hike is not an easy frolic. The base of left side is pretty overgrown and steep. Landings would be quite a project. The right side gets shorter and a less than perfect conglomerate-sandstone at the bottom.
Maybe with a good trail and a good group of cleaners/bolters, this wall can be turned into something. There are some good features/lines but overall we were disappointed. We almost considered doing the really obvious crack in the middle of the wall.
There is some potential for a fun day of bouldering, but you would have to wander around a bit and risk falling down a pretty steep slope for several projects. Nov 10, 2008
[Hide Comment] Someday the FA addicts WILL get to this wall. It probably won't be me or Tristan, but someone will remember it eventually and do the work... Oct 3, 2010