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The RattleHorn is a big chunk of cobblestone on the north (left) side of the road (or trail) about a mile up City Creek Canyon. You get to surmount that one giant cobble stone you can see on the skyline from way down canyon.

The climbing is fairly adventurous for sport climbing and pretty sporty for adventure climbing. Take a few burns on the steep routes or just keep following the bolts up , they all go to the top eventually though the last pitch is a bit sloppy. The summit has a nice ledge and offfers pretty sweet views over Downtown and the Salt Lake Valley.

It is a pretty wild place for being so close to the city. Vultures, varmints, coyotes, flicks of wild turkeys, and rattlers have been seen and heard around the area but none have ever behaved aggressively. Help the next guy and tick mark the good holds.

Rappelling is recommended to avoid trail braiding off the summit. One 60 meter rope will take you from the summit all the way to the ground or rap twice with a shorter rope.

Gear List:
12 quickdraws/slings and 60m or 70m rope

See below for details but remember DO NOT TAKE the loose trail that turns left and up the landslide path below the climbs. It will be the sketchiest thing you attempt all day. Stay in the gulley all the way to the rock then 'shwack back up and around left near the base to the routes. Your dog will take you right to it.

This is a new crag. Beware of loose and falling rock. Helmets are recommended. Dogs are allowed. Bow Wow.

Getting There

From the gate at the mouth of City Creek Canyon, walk/ride your bike/drive about 1.2 miles up the canyon to site #8. Take the trail across from this site that turns back down canyon parallel to the road. Look up and see the crag up on your right. After a few hundred meters take a right into the gully that leads up to the rock.

Walk up the gulley. Do not take steep trail up to the left. Go left around the impressive looking Boulder in the gulley. (This nice looking boulder has a relatively good landing area and is begging to be climbed by some highball afficianado) When you are almost to the base of the cliff, take the little trail that goes up and left. This part is slippery and kind of sucks but it's over quickly. Wave of Imitation starts out on the ledge to climbers right and has a belay bolt at the bottom. Approach time from site #8 is about 15 minutes.

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Anyone been up here yet?
Fun stuff. Dec 12, 2011
Leland McCarthy
Salt Lake, UT
Leland McCarthy   Salt Lake, UT
The climbing is good. A bit chossy (seconding the helmet advisory). It seems though we picked a bad time as the snakes were not so pleased. One made it very well known we were not welcome as I was setting up an anchor. Which lead to my fastest rappel of all time.

Aside from that, the cobblestone makes for nice holds everywhere. Good warm up spot, good place to take a beginner. Be sure to put a knot in your ropes on this one.

Climb with caution, and mind your manners around the rattle snakes. May 30, 2013
the horn rattled again. . . Jun 4, 2013
There are some indian petroglyphs in the big overhang to the left of the climbs! Jun 28, 2013
There is a nest with a very angry mama hawk on a ledge about 30 feet above the chains for The Vultures are Waiting. I'd recommend steering clear of this crag for a while unless you're interested in getting dive bombed by a bird of prey while setting up an anchor.

Very chossy, too. Don't forget a helmet. May 31, 2017