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Bell's Canyon Rock Climbing 

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Bell's Canyon is a truly spectacular place to visit. The hike in is worth it alone. Just as beautiful as the neighboring Little Cottonwood Canyon, this canyon feels more remote and has no road. The Bells lie within the Lone Peak wilderness.

The rock on the Bells is generally good near the bottom, but deteriorates higher up on the walls. Be prepared for more of an alpine experience (except with chain anchors!) than in the Cottonwoods. Crowds seem to be kept away from this canyon because of a long approach - at least an hour for any climb. The Bells face south, so the walls get hot in the summer. However, the altitude is higher, so it takes longer for snow to melt in the spring (probably melted out by April).

Getting There 

Exit on Wasatch Blvd. from I-215. Follow Wasatch past Big Cottonwood Canyon heading south. Stay on Wasatch Blvd. as it approaches Little Cottonwood Canyon (requires a right turn at a stoplight - don't go to LCC). Look for a parking area on the east side of Wasatch at 10245 South. This is the trailhead, which has changed since the printing of Ruckman's book. From here, a popular hiking trail climbs steeply east into Bell Canyon.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.7 miles from here

19 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Bell's Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Bell's Canyon:
Route of All Evil   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 4 pitches   East Bell Tower
Ellsworth-McQuarrie Route   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 6 pitches, 600'   Middle Bell Tower
For Whom the Bells Toll   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 5 pitches, 600'   Waterfall Dome
The Bellagio   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 4 pitches, 600'   Waterfall Dome
Beckey Route   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R     Trad, 4 pitches, 600'   West Bell Tower
Lowe Variation   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 180'   Middle Bell Tower
Arm and Hammer   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Trad, 6 pitches, 600'   Middle Bell Tower
Winged Warrior   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b A1     Trad, Aid, 8 pitches, 900'   Middle Bell Tower
Butcher Knife   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   Middle Bell Tower
Beast   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 5 pitches, 600'   Bell's Beast
The Nerve   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 3 pitches, 500'   West Bell Tower
Beauty   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 4 pitches, 600'   Bell's Beast
Kinabalu   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 600'   East Waterfall Dome
Cymbals Of The Sun   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 6 pitches, 600'   Middle Bell Tower
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Featured Route For Bell's Canyon
Rock Climbing Photo: Leading the MEGA CLASSIC Zion Curtain pitch.

Arm and Hammer 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b  Utah : Wasatch Range : ... : Middle Bell Tower
An amazing route. This is the route with the famous "Zion Curtain". Killer route, great exposure, and nice belay ledges. Ellison had a damn good eye. Make sure you do the pitch above the "Zion Curtain." Go to the small tree, don't traverse left into the gully, at the end of this pitch. If you do traverse, you can lower off some junk chockstones. This route deserves loads of stars!!! this route is free climbed at .11c or aided at 5.10a AO ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Utah

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Rock Climbing Photo: Took this an April afternoon while snowshoeing
BETA PHOTO: Took this an April afternoon while snowshoeing

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By Broseph L
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Sep 10, 2009
Bouldering in Bells: There is some bouldering in Bells, the best area is the Bridge Boulders, located about 40 minutes from the trailhead. Just follow the main bells trail (there will be signs) until you cross a small footbrigde to the south. Just south of the brige are some really fun problems, and there is potential for more. If you're ever up in Bells, check it out!