Type: Sport, 70 ft
FA: Baldwin, 91
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Shared By: Lee Gitlin on Jul 30, 2004
Admins: Andrew Gram, Nathan Fisher, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq

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Access Issue: Located in a National Forest Fee Area Details


Black Elk is a good enough reason to drive all the way down the Mirror Lake Hwy and take the 20 min hike to the Ruth Lake Crag. It has an interesting, balancy beginning, followed by a bouldery crux, onto an exposed face. The rock has good friction, the holds are positive, and the pro is place a safe, sane distance.


New, well-placed bolts, spaced about 8 feet apart. Very safe and bomber.


Tosh Peters
Park City, UT
Tosh Peters   Park City, UT
fun sustained climbing with a nice "pump crux" from the last bolt to the chains and a good rest before the last 4 bolts. Jun 22, 2008
An enjoyable climb. Move up small arete to right of roof. Stem your way through the recess in the wall. Take a break on the middle on a large ledge. Crux is at the top where you follow an off-width slopey crack. There are good holds, but be prepared to make boulder moves to get them. A challenging 5.10a. Great view! Jul 26, 2008
Tristan Higbee
Ogden, UT
Tristan Higbee   Ogden, UT
I agree that this is a challenging 5.10a. Long route! Lots of fun! The headwall that makes up the second half is the best part. Aug 19, 2008
Alex Quitiquit
Salt Lake City
Alex Quitiquit   Salt Lake City
Good sport route to climb on gear sans bolts. Takes decent smaller cams, 2-3 C3 and .3 to 1, and nuts well. Just to add a little spice to your life. Jul 10, 2012
Brandon Ashby
Kamas, UT
Brandon Ashby   Kamas, UT
An absolute blast, might be my favorite climb. Navigating the mini chimney to the pumpy head wall is just fantastic. Highly recommended! Aug 27, 2013
J Saarela
Park City
J Saarela   Park City
Some very fun movement on mostly positive holds (although decreasing in size the farther you go).

If you have a wrench, bring it. As of 8/19, 5 of the 9 bolt hangers were spinning--the 1st, 4th, and 7th-9th if I remember right. Aug 20, 2015
Jordan Gilbert
Logan, UT
Jordan Gilbert   Logan, UT
If this route was at the Wall of Tiers there wouldn't be a single bolt on it. Sep 16, 2016
Matty Coles
Salt Lake City
Matty Coles   Salt Lake City
A really fun route to climb on gear. Protection is all there, if only a little tricky in a few spots. I would take a Standard rack up to maybe #2 or so and a full set of nuts. I made do (with healthy amount of run-out) using a set of peenuts and small cams from .2 - .75. If using only cams, it might be a good idea to double up from .3 - .75. Sep 7, 2018