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Dogwood Crag

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L to R R to L Alpha
A Modest Man from Mandrake S 
Ain't no Party, Ain't no Disco T 
Ballad of Bricks 
Beck Beck TR 
Cockroach Slip 
Cross-Eyed and Painless S 
Drunken Crack T,TR 
Haven't A Clue S,TR 
Hyper-Gamma Spaces T,TR 
I Think I'm Going Bald S,TR 
Life During Wartime T,TR 
Lion of Zion, The T 
Little Creatures T 
Little Critters T 
Little Things S 
On the Skids S 
Quartzite Sans Stainless T 
Sandpaper Cloud 
Slinga Tree T,TR 
Stun the Hun 
Take Me To The River S,TR 
Top-Rope Tough Guy T,TR 
Unforgiven S,TR 
Unknown west of Mandrake S,TR 
Unknown west of Take Me to the River T,TR 

Dogwood Crag Rock Climbing 

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Great area for the beginners (5.5 to 5.9-) with a few challenging routes on the eastern wall (5.11a to 5.13a). Almost all if not all can be top roped.

There are 5 bolted routes on the western end of the wall; 5.8 being the easiest and getting harder as you go left or east. Also on this end there are 2 or 3 sets of chains to set up top ropes, the climbing is probably about 5.5 to 5.7.

There are some trees you can use as well for anchors, bring long runners.

The harder climbing is located about 200-300 yards upstream or east. The hardest of the bunch, a 5.13a, is the only bolted route on this end.

The crag stays in the shade most of the morning in the summer.

Oblique, aerial photo here.

Getting There 

Drive about 1 mile up the canyon and you sill see the Dogwood picnic area on your right. You can either park in here for $5 dollars a car or if the stream is low enough you can drive another .15 up the canyon and park on the side of the road and just hop across the stream.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.0 miles from here

27 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',17],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Dogwood Crag

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Dogwood Crag:
Little Things   5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Life During Wartime   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   
I Think I'm Going Bald   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   
A Modest Man from Mandrake   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Quartzite Sans Stainless   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Little Creatures   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Ain't no Party, Ain't no Disco   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   
Cross-Eyed and Painless   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Cross-Eyed and Painless 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c  Utah : Wasatch Range : ... : Dogwood Crag
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Rock Climbing Photo: Dogwood Crag taken from the highway.
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Rock Climbing Photo: The face just left of the roof band is "Unfor...
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By Anonymous Coward
Mar 20, 2004
Fun climbing with a good range of routes and no approach-which is why it gets PACKED. Don't even try after work unless you like crowds and waiting. Even so, sitting next to a stream in the shade with other climbers is not a bad place to wait.
By Nathan Fisher
Apr 7, 2004
Last time up there I saw a new bolted line just east of I Think I'm Going Bald. Any Info??
By Ryan Peterson
From: North Salt Lake, Utah
Jun 23, 2007
This place gets busy fast. We showed up at 8:30 and had it to ourselves today (saturday), but at 9:30 there were suddenly 20 people toproping.

River was low enough to walk across, but couldn't do any of the middle routes without a silly little traverse and a horrible belay position. Was kinda fun though.
By chris begue
Jan 21, 2010
The new route next to goin bald .9 is called unforgivin .10a put up in 02? by Chris Begue, Liz Cannon, and others. Only drawback is the wet start in spring and early summer. Mostly .8/.9 climbing with one crux move, though it is easier if you wander so stay true to gravity and a drop of water.
By theanab
Jun 19, 2012
Walking through the picnic area, as long as you're not parking there, is free--the guide says you have to pay $2.
By August Longino
Jul 21, 2014
Has anyone seen a pair of red and silver Nago climbing shoes hanging around at the base of the top-roping wall (I think it's "I Haven't A Clue")? If so, do give a call, 801 903 3258.
By Salt Lake Climbers Alliance
Oct 8, 2014
American Alpine Club Cornerstone Conservation Grant Awarded
Salt Lake Climbers Alliance – Climbing Area and Stream Bank Stabilization

Dogwood, Big Cottonwood Canyon

The CCG grant will be used for construction of a belay platform at Dogwood, Big Cottonwood Canyon (BCC), Utah in 2015. Dogwood is one of the most easily accessed climbing areas on one of the busiest Forests in the country. Located in Big Cottonwood Canyon (BCC), the crag can be seen 50 yards from the road. It consists of a total of 18 routes (mostly 5.5-5.9) with easy top-roping access. The amount of use by climbers has made this little gem of a crag an eye sore with dead/dying trees, stream bank damage, and is an obvious impact to the watershed.
By zoso
Oct 9, 2014
That's good news. Now if I could just find this crag...
By James Garrett
Oct 18, 2014
The 4 or five popular routes on the West end of Dogwood Crag have had their top anchors retrofitted. In some cases, old worn Rap Leeper hangers had deep grooves and then had been equipped with chain which in turn seemed scary thin. All chain was removed and rings were secured on glue in bolts. Should be good to go for a few generations, I should think:)
By Kinger
Sep 11, 2015
We found a rope up there this afternoon. If it's yours just send an email at ""
By Wic
From: Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Nov 9, 2016
This is a fantastic crag with plenty of climbs on it to handle the crowds. Head further East up the crag to avoid the crowds. Most large groups only climb the first four climbs because they are very easy climbs and easy access.
By tyler bostwick
From: Ogden, UT
May 5, 2017
Found a dmm nut on the second climb from the right today. If it's yours give me a description and I'll return it to you

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