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Routes in Hadrian's Wall

Hannibal S 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Milvian Bridge S 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Rhine Legions S 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Trajan's Column S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a


This is a small cobblestone wall with 4 moderate routes on it. With a tame 15 minute approach, it's the easiest wall to get to in the canyon. The wall sees full sun for most of the day and is a nice place to be on cool, sunny days.

The routes here are fun, if a bit dirty still. The rock isn't the best and the routes are brand new, so climb and belay carefully. The rock is less than vertical but still pretty steep; the big cobbles and pockets give the routes low grades. The views of downtown and the capitol building are great.

From the top of the routes you can see a house a couple hundred yards above you. Please be courteous and don't make too much noise.

Getting There

Park in the lot right before the gate and walk a several hundred feet up the canyon on the paved road to picnic site #1. From the picnic site, you'll be able to see Hadrian's Wall above the trees. Take the obvious trail (that has a little concrete brick retaining wall) that leads left from the main canyon road right by the picnic site. This will take you onto the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. Turn right and hike the BST for 5-10 minutes until you're right below Hadrian's Wall and Hadrian's Boulder (if you've passed the overhead power line a second time, you've gone to far. Shortly after staring the trail you will pass under the first power line. The climb is just before the second crossing of the power line.). Follow a very faint trail straight up the bare slope until you're even with Hadrian's Boulder on your left. Cut right on a faint trail over toward Hadrian's Wall. Scramble up a couple cobblestone steps to the flat landing below the wall.

See also the three approach beta photos.

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Tristan Higbee
Ogden, UT
Tristan Higbee   Ogden, UT
There's a short cliff/boulder (Hadrian's Boulder) south of Hadrian's Wall that has a steep south and west side. It has fun problems on it with potential for more.

There's room for couple shorter (3-4 bolt) routes on the wall to the left of Hadrian's Wall, too.

I was listening to the excellent History of Rome podcast as I was bolting and cleaning the routes, hence the names. Apr 7, 2012
Andrew Gram
Salt Lake City, UT
Andrew Gram   Salt Lake City, UT  
I checked it out today after work, and I thought it was a fun little crag for locals who live in the Avenues or Capitol Hill. I don't think the shorter wall is worth bolting. Still a bit loose, but totally manageable. Apr 11, 2012
Was here saturday and had a great time. A few comment for other heading over:
Approaching in flipflops or clogs in not recommended... The trail is slippery and you will get hot rocks in your shoes (it burns).

Holds felt solid, but make sure to be aware belaying.

Might want to consider some gardening at the base. Plants in the way of belay stances.

Otherwise a great new crag, props to the developers!
Jul 2, 2012
Pros: Fast approach and close to the city Cons: Cant think of a worse climb in Utah Apr 9, 2013
Leland McCarthy
Salt Lake, UT
Leland McCarthy   Salt Lake, UT
All the routes were a bit dirty, but nothing too sketch. Putting a helmet on your belay may be a wise idea though.

The southern (left) most routes were perfect to teach my friends to lead climb on. The Milvian Bridge route (third from left) had a really janky bolt setup at the top. Two bolts where the chains had been mated. May want to consider rebolting.

In all, a good place to be on a cool day if you're looking to learn to lead climb or want to get some climbing in on a time crunch. Beware of big wasp nests on Trajan's Column though. May 30, 2013
Zach Sims
Riverdale, UT
Zach Sims   Riverdale, UT
Easy approach, easy climbs. Great for teaching new leaders! The approach gets steep and loose when you leave the shoreline trail, but definitely doable. It gets really sunny and warm!

The hangers spin on about 1/3 of the bolts on this wall. Climbs are easy enough that it's not a huge deal. Oct 29, 2016

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