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Crescent Crack Buttress

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3 Amigos T 
A Kat That Grumps T 
Back to My Roots T 
C.P.O.S. T 
Closet Lycra T 
Crack in the Woods T 
Crank in the Woods S 
Crescent Crack T 
Crescent Crack Direct Variation T 
Final Link T 
Great Chockstone, The T 
Grunting Gringos T 
Hand Jive T 
If Looks Could Kill S 
Interplanetary Voyage T 
Journey to the Moon T 
Kutcorner T 
Lazarus T 
Less Than Zero T 
Lunge or Plunge T 
Mexican Crack T 
Missing Link T 
Multiplicity S 
No Jive Arete S 
Paraplegic Ward T,TR 
Razor's Edge S 
Ross Connection, The T 
Ross Route, The T 
Rotert's Rooter T 
Short Corner T 
Slam, Jam, Thank You Ma'am T 
Unknown left T,TR 
Unknown right S,TR 
Waterslide S 
Who's On First S,TR 

Crescent Crack Buttress Rock Climbing 

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The climbing here consists of both sport and trad, mostly trad.The rock is bomber granite, similar to the rest of the canyon. Some of the classic routes are: Mexican Crack (.10a), Crescent Crack (5.7), Crack in the Woods (5.9), and Hand Jive (5.8?).You can rappel most routes from the top of the climbs with a single rope, except Crescent Crack, which is descended east into a gully. Buy beer at 7-11 at the base of BCC, or better yet, go to Wyoming!

Getting There 

Park in the Little Cottonwood lower canyon Park and Ride. Locate the climber's access trail in the lot's northeast corner (directly north of the restroom). Follow this trail east until you are directly below the Cresent Crack Buttress. Take the left fork and a short jaunt leads you to the base of Waterslide. Head left for the climbs.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.1 miles from here

35 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',15],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Crescent Crack Buttress

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Crescent Crack Buttress:
Crescent Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 300'   
Lazarus   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 4 pitches, 450'   
Crack in the Woods   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Hand Jive   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Final Link   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 120'   
Crescent Crack Direct Variation   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Paraplegic Ward   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a A0     Trad, TR, Aid, 1 pitch, 80'   
3 Amigos   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Mexican Crack   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Lunge or Plunge   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Missing Link   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R     Trad, 3 pitches   
Multiplicity   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Closet Lycra   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Who's On First   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   
Grunting Gringos   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Ross Route, The   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
No Jive Arete   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   
If Looks Could Kill   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a R     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Rotert's Rooter   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   
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Featured Route For Crescent Crack Buttress
Rock Climbing Photo: Laurie D. Midway up Final Link

Final Link 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  Utah : Wasatch Range : ... : Crescent Crack Buttress
Stem up through the spike from the Crescent Crack Direct variation and clip first bolt. The crux here is to not pull on the draw and do the cool mantle onto the slab. Clip next bolt then set up belay at the two bolts. Beautiful slab that wanders a bit left and right. runners could be helpful on a few of the bolts to reduce rope drag. If done as the finish to Crescent Crack this route has it all....[more]   Browse More Classics in Utah

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By Stevie Nacho
From: Utah
Mar 15, 2009
I was at Crescent Crack Buttress this weekend and discovered a chiseled boulder at the intersection of the trail where you go left to Crescent Crack Buttress or right to the Egg. The rock has two arrows with black tar in them and the words "Hong" and "Egg" chiseled in. It looks as though the criminal didn't finish carving "Crescent Crack Buttress" in. Maybe their wrist was tired. I've been climbing here since 1994 and I've never seen this graffiti.


Little Cottonwood does NOT need signs. If your are the person doing this, please stop. In fact, go back and attempt to remedy your shameful act. If you know the person(s) who did this, please beg them to stop.

With such descriptive guidebooks to the area, we do not need signs to help navigate to the crags and routes. I have found my way around crags throughout the western United States without signs. If I needed a sign I would go to Veyo, of the Gym.

Once again, please stop carving the rocks of Little Cottonwood Canyon.


By Bill Bones
Mar 16, 2009
I have seen this rock too. I believe it is new either this year or late last year. This cannot happen. Please, if you are not thinking of what the repercussions could be for this act, check out other areas that are no longer climbable. PLEASE stop this. It is Graffiti no matter how you look at it. It is destroying and defacing rocks. PLEASE PLEASE STOP.

By Ryan Arnold
Jul 11, 2013
I didn't pay attention to the posted signs or the approach beta on this site, and got ticketed for parking in the small pullout across the road from the old approach trail.

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