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Utah > Wasatch Range > Central Wasatch > Big Cottonwood Canyon


The S-Curves are the comprehensive area on the north side of Big Cottonwood's token s-curve feature. Containing 4 large and diverse crags, climbing here is steep, mostly bolted and varied in length. With a fairly easy approach and bolts, bolts, bolts, its no surprise the S-Curves draw the crowds. Large enough to accommodate the masses, and wide ranging in grades, most climbers will and have been finding plenty to do here.

With the exception of the cool and shady Pile, most crags here face south and southeast. While S-Curve season is year round, sunny, fall climbing tends to be the best and winter options exist with february being prime.

Getting There

Drive and park in one of the few lots or pull-outs 4.25 miles up the canyon. Cross the highway heading north to find the approach trails. See individual crags for directions.

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Red Pointing!!
[Hide Photo] Red Pointing!!
Utah highway map from 1964.  Sundial in the background!
[Hide Photo] Utah highway map from 1964. Sundial in the background!
S-Curves and Mineral Fork
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[Hide Comment] I found a chalk bag that was left behind at the upper S-curves on last Sunday(3/22/15). Shoot me a text with the description/make of the bag and we'll figure out how to get it back to you.

- Kameron 801-618-5554 Mar 29, 2015
[Hide Comment] If you are planning to climb at S-Curves or the Pile in Big Cottonwood Canyon this weekend, let us replace the bolts first and pick another spot to climb. Funds raised at the 7th Annual Salt Lake Climbers Alliance Fundraiser Party on June 9th pay for this replacement work. Come out and support. TICKETS:

bad bolt May 20, 2016
[Hide Comment] Mega thanks to the SLCA for rebolting the crag with awesome glue-ins! Feb 11, 2018