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Cecret Lake Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 10,000'
Location: 40.57081, -111.62176 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Allen Sanderson on Jul 16, 2007


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  • Description 

    There are several crags in the area, two are just below Cecret Lake - Whipper Wall and Creek Side and three that are above Green Stash, Stinky Stash and Cecret Stash. The crags are shadded throughout much of the day making it a nice place to climb on hot days. Unfortunately this can also make them very crowded. More than a few parties can make the crags a zoo as the routes are very close to each other.

    The rock is quartzite like that found in Big Cottonwood Canyon but with some bands of non or semi-metamorphosed sandstone on many of the routes. The routes are realitively clean - however there is still some lose rock as such helmets are advised for both leaders and belayers.

    There is a mini guide to this area.

    Getting There 

    Drive up to the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon stopping at the information kiosk and let the nice person giving out trail maps know that you are going up climbing. Continue up the road which eventually turns to dirt. This is now the Albion Basin Road which leads to a camp ground and several day parking lot. You can park at the end of the road at the Cecret Lake Trailhead. However, it is often very busy with hikers as it is the most popular area in the Wasatch. As such, it may be necessary to park in the lower lots or even down at the town of Alta and take the free shuttle van which runs continuously during the weekends.

    From the parking lot hike up the Crecet Lake Trail. Just before the switchbacks leading up to the lake and off to the left is the Whipper and Creek Side Walls. One can either diagonal up before the swtichbacks or take the first couple and then head over to the crags. Which ever you take - avoid creating a trail and instead walk on the slabs of rock as to minimize your impact. Please do not mark anything with carins - although this area is in the middle of a ski resort it already has alot of impact.

    For the upper crags continue up to the lake and traverse around to the northside. The Green Stash Wall sits a couple hundred fee above the lake and is obvious, Stink Stash and Cecret Stash are around the corner to the west. To get there follow the trail up to Cecret Pass. Just before the pass diagonal off to the left. Again avoid creating a trail and instead walk on the slabs of rock as to minimize your impact. Please do not ascend or descend from Green Stash directly down to Cecret Lake there is already a gully forming from run off hiking it will make it worse.

    Climbing Season

    Weather station 2.1 miles from here

    47 Total Climbing Routes

    ['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',26],['1 Star',11],['Bomb',1]

    Classic Climbing Routes in Cecret Lake

    Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Cecret Lake:
    Stinky Stash   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   Stinky Stash Wall
    The Kind   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 99'   Green Stash Wall
    POLITRICS   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Creekside Wall
    Cough Your Off   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Green Stash Wall
    Cardinal Sin   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 65'   Creekside Wall
    Girls on Film   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 70'   Creekside Wall
    Anti Hero's   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Creekside Wall
    Toxic Narcotic   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Whipper Wall
    UnGoverenable Force   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Whipper Wall
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    Featured Route For Cecret Lake
    Rock Climbing Photo: Sam Miller about to flash Toxic Narcotic

    Toxic Narcotic 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  Utah : Wasatch Range : ... : Whipper Wall
    This is the route that keeps on giving. Start to the left of Ride the Lightning (prominent arete). Pass 2 bolts to a good rest, from here good jugs and a few sidepulls bring you through some wild steepness. Reach and grab them jugs, they're are good!...[more]   Browse More Classics in Utah

    Photos of Cecret Lake Slideshow Add Photo
    Rock Climbing Photo: John Star on Anti Hero`s Creek Side Wall
    John Star on Anti Hero`s Creek Side Wall
    Rock Climbing Photo: I forget the name of the route but its a good one!
    I forget the name of the route but its a good one!
    Rock Climbing Photo: A great escape from the heat. Creekside Wall.
    A great escape from the heat. Creekside Wall.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Early season outing at Cecret Lake: Shaft executin...
    Early season outing at Cecret Lake: Shaft executin...

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    By Greg Martinez
    From: SLC UTAH
    Aug 2, 2007
    the wall 5 min to the west of green stash is stinky stash and cecret stash is 5 more min 5 WALLS IN THIS AREA
    By Bryan Hendrick
    From: Leadville, CO
    Jul 14, 2009
    Great area for climbing. Offers cooler weather in the heat of summer. There are not too many places in mid July, where you can belay in a puff or fleece.

    Side note, I believe the chains need to be replaced with a higher grade steel. They are a slim low grade chain.
    By timmay
    From: Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb 6, 2010
    Where can I pick up the mini guide for this area? Thanks for your help.
    By Bryan Hendrick
    From: Leadville, CO
    Feb 10, 2010
    Utah Mountain Sports, aka IME

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