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Elevation: 8,530 ft 2,600 m
GPS: 40.59012, -111.64445
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Shared By: GRK on Dec 24, 2009
Admins: Andrew Gram, Perin Blanchard, GRK, D Crane
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East Hell Gate will unleash a massive attack of routes in all shapes and sizes. Found just before Alta, this limestone retreat offers a nice escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Whether you're looking for a quick, after-work session or an all day, arm-busting burn, the East Hell Gate will deliver.

Holding more pockets than a Levi's factory, East Hell Gate is an excellent place for sport pulling, hauling, lugging, and jugging! Primarily constructed of pockets and edges, the nature of this wall lends itself to be the perfect balance of "thuggy" climbing and finesse.

An area once called "too chossy to climb", the East Hell Gate has proven that you really can polish a turd. I've had the pleasure or displeasure of climbing these routes early after their first ascents, its been fun to have witnessed the transformation from choss to gloss. Routes such as The Antidote or Hellish Inferno only get better with time and I'm sure the rest will follow.

So grab a rope, some draws, a helmet or two, and a harness and give these routes a spin.

Getting There Suggest change

Parking can be found during low traffic days at the Alta Peruvian Lodge about 7.45 miles up Little Cottonwood Canyon. Optional overflow parking can also be found on the north side of the road below the Main Hellgate Cliffs at about the 7.35 mile mark. The approach to this area begins directly across from the Alta Peruvian Lodge. A cairn marked climber's trail breaks off the service road and takes about 5 minutes of steep switchbacking to reach the Melting Mud Wall.

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Classic Climbing Routes at East Hellgate

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 141
Los Crudos
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 140
Rat Bastards
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 148
Minor Threat
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 120
Wisky Bench
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 121
Devil's Advocate
Sport, Alpine
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 185
Antidote
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 129
Dayglow Abortions
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 69
Pocket City
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 77
Repeat and Offend
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 128
Melting Into Madness
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 48
Martinez Mind Melter
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 53
The Bird Is the Word
Sport 2 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 85
Cotton Mouth King
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 84
Brain Doner
Sport
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 103
Public Nuisance
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Los Crudos Melting Mud Wall
 141
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Rat Bastards Melting Mud Wall
 140
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Minor Threat Melting Mud Wall
 148
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Wisky Bench Melting Mud Wall
 120
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Devil's Advocate Melting Mud West
 121
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport, Alpine
Antidote Melting Mud Wall
 185
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Dayglow Abortions Melting Mud Wall
 129
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Pocket City Goat Gully Wall
 69
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Repeat and Offend Melting Mud Wall
 77
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Melting Into Madness Melting Mud Wall
 128
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
Martinez Mind Melter Melting Mud Wall
 48
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
The Bird Is the Word Melting Mud Wall
 53
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport 2 pitches
Cotton Mouth King Melting Mud Wall
 85
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Brain Doner Melting Mud Wall
 84
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Public Nuisance Melting Mud Wall
 103
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
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