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Routes in Choss Garden

Beata S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Benefactor, The S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Black Dynamite S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Bridge to Total Freedom, The S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Daisy S 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Depth of Field S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Garden Party S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Gardener, The S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Mellow Gold S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Nettle S 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Pitbulls on Crack S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Touchy Subject S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Touchy Tuco S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Tuco's Nettle S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Up in Arms S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Elevation: 6,306 ft
GPS: 40.634, -111.733 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: apross on Jun 18, 2009
Admins: Andrew Gram, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq


A good cliff with better rock and routes than the name suggests.
Stays in the shade till 2pm.

  • In wet weather conditions, skip this area. A day or two after rain or snow, the wall seeps considerably and most routes are unclimbable. In addition, the nature of this crag tends to be loose, holds here will break a lot faster in wet and moist conditions.

Getting There

Drive 1.6 miles up from the Storm Mountain Picnic Area you'll see a steep wall (The Choss Garden) up in a gulley on the north side of the road. There's a house on the south side of the road. Park on the shoulder just up canyon from the house and enter the gulley where you'll run into the talus slope. 15 minutes approach.

At the top of the main talus slope stay to the left. Head up the rocky/pruned trail another 5 mins till level with the first routes.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Choss Garden

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Garden Party
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
The Bridge to Total Freedom
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Mellow Gold
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
The Benefactor
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Garden Party 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
The Bridge to Total Freedom 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Mellow Gold 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
The Benefactor 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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steve edwards
steve edwards   SLC, UT
As the once-dubbed "mayor" of the crag, I'll weigh in a bit. I think this means you're the only one who climbs here, which was the case for a few years. I'll add bits for each route but, when we put the chains on, it was to facilitate climbing on the left side so that you didn't need to walk the ramp when other people were climbing. Not that they were too often.

In winter, this wall is hot. You can climb here, if it's not seeping, until temps are in the teens. Feb 5, 2016
The Directions are wrong in both the guidebook and on this page. Drive 1 mile past the Storm Mountain picnic area. Park on North side of road across from private house. Head up rocky gully and traverse right when level with wall.

As mentioned before, the .12d on far left has a bad bolt placement in poor rock and this route does not seem to get much action.

"The Benefactor" 5.12b now has a nice equalized 2 bolt anchor instead of the old slings around the tree.

There is a new route "Garden Party" 5.11a on the far right side of the wall. Sep 23, 2015
Mark Lewis
Salt Lake City, Utah
Mark Lewis   Salt Lake City, Utah
Directions indicate to drive 1.6 miles up canyon from Storm Mountain picnic area - following these directions puts you at the base of the s-curves and Mill-B trailhead.

Rather, from the intersection at the mouth of the canyon drive 3.8 miles up canyon and park in a pull-off on the north side of the road.

On the south end of the pull-off you'll notice a faint trail heading up scree into a gully, follow this trail up to the easily noticeable crag. Mar 25, 2014
Had a nice afternoon of climbing at the Choss Garden. Mid 40's, sunny and Fun routes. But many of the belay anchors and the fixed chains? left me wondering... Is it really that hard to set up a route with decent hardware that makes sense? Jan 27, 2014

On the 5.12d on the far LEFT side of the crag, the 3rd bolt had a small block / hold next to it with a chalk "X" on it. Seemed suspicious so we wiggled it and it came of, revealing a very questionable bolt placement with what looks to be small stress fractures in the surrounding stone.

Would recommend avoiding this bolt. Needs to be moved to more solid territory. Hard to say how solid it is, really, but a visual inspection does not inspire confidence.

Jun 7, 2013
Farmington, utah
KipHenrie   Farmington, utah
As you start up the trail go left and not right like we did. Aug 11, 2012
Cowboy Roy
Cowboy Roy   SLC, UT
anyone have any info on the fixed routes ? Oct 15, 2011
Driggs, Idaho
CTrudeau   Driggs, Idaho
Found a helmet at the base on 3/21/10. Drop me a line to get it back. Mar 22, 2010

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