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Mule Hollow Wall

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Center Face T 
Down, Dirty, Doublecrossed T 
Everything And Nothing T 
Explorien T 
Glasnost T 
Ground Glass, The T 
High on Crack T 
Implorien S 
Jam Crack Route T 
Left of Center Route T 
Ravages Of Time S 
Sands of Time, The S 
Unknown A S 
Unknown B S 

Mule Hollow Wall Rock Climbing 

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This east facing wall is excellent for moderate traditional leaders. The wall is 500 feet high and has at least 13 routes on it, most of those in the 5.5 to 5.8 range. While only a 45 minute approach from the road in Big Cottonwood Canyon, you will find great seclusion. It feels remote and alpine. If you want multi pitch climbing and to escape the crowds, this wall is for you.

Getting There 

Park at the pullout just after crossing the creek .2 miles up canyon from the Storm Mountain Picnic area.

Hike up the canyon due north for 3/4 a mile. Look for the wall to your left. Avoid cutting up the slope too soon. Look for talus fields or for a semi-obvious trail. Leaving the main trail and heading up towards the wall is a bit of a pain. It is steep, and not very enjoyable, but are escaping the crowds!

Allow 45 minutes to an hour for the approach.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.0 miles from here

14 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Mule Hollow Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Mule Hollow Wall:
Left of Center Route   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 3 pitches, 450'   
Jam Crack Route   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 500'   
Center Face   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 5 pitches, 500'   
Down, Dirty, Doublecrossed   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 5 pitches, 500'   
Everything And Nothing   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 180'   
Explorien   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
Unknown A   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 2 pitches, 170'   
High on Crack   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches, 450'   
Glasnost   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R     Trad, 1 pitch, 130'   
Implorien   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 2 pitches, 200'   
Unknown B   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   
Ravages Of Time   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 2 pitches, 160'   
The Sands of Time   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
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Featured Route For Mule Hollow Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Patrique about mid-pitch on Ravages Of Time

Ravages Of Time 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a  Utah : Wasatch Range : ... : Mule Hollow Wall
This is the first bolted climb to appear on The Sea Of Glass Wall. As Pat was one of the first climbers on this crag, we were both very impressed that this fine and fun (and mostly blank) right line had yet to have its flanks developed! The first 6 bolts were drilled on lead, but both of us felt the Ravages Of Time (which subsequently results with decreased boldness?) coaxed us into completing the drilling from above. Maybe too, hooks skittering off of the glass like quartzite had something to d...[more]   Browse More Classics in Utah

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Rock Climbing Photo: Picture taken from Jam Crack. There are a couple o...
Picture taken from Jam Crack. There are a couple o...
Rock Climbing Photo: Mule Hollow
BETA PHOTO: Mule Hollow
Rock Climbing Photo: Mule Hollow Wall viewed from up canyon at the S-Cu...
BETA PHOTO: Mule Hollow Wall viewed from up canyon at the S-Cu...
Rock Climbing Photo: This cairn marks the place on the trail where you ...
BETA PHOTO: This cairn marks the place on the trail where you ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Mule Hollow Main Wall Beta
BETA PHOTO: Mule Hollow Main Wall Beta
Rock Climbing Photo: Rapping down on the descent from Mule Hollow Wall.
Rapping down on the descent from Mule Hollow Wall.
Rock Climbing Photo: View from the top of Down, Dirty, Doublecrossed.  ...
View from the top of Down, Dirty, Doublecrossed. ...
Rock Climbing Photo: This Candycane shaped tree is visible as you look ...
BETA PHOTO: This Candycane shaped tree is visible as you look ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Picture of Mule Hollow Wall
BETA PHOTO: Picture of Mule Hollow Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: View from the road, the face without all the trees...
BETA PHOTO: View from the road, the face without all the trees...
Rock Climbing Photo: Blue backpack marks where the trail comes off (Lef...
BETA PHOTO: Blue backpack marks where the trail comes off (Lef...

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By Peter Gram
From: Cupertino, CA
Jun 13, 2004
The last part of the approach is a little tedious. I had a bit of trouble finding the side trail up to the wall, but eventually figured it out. Along the way, there are 2 cairns along the left side of the trail. Take the somewhat obscure spur at the second cairn. This is right before a stream crossing. Follow the trail up through talus and maybe some bushwhacking to get to the wall.
By john gilchrist
From: sLC, utah
Jul 9, 2006
Once you get to the approach that leads up to the wall from the main trail it gets pretty steep for a while. When you hit the wall just skirt accross it to get to the climb you want. Climbs around Jam Crack require a little bit of a scram, not bad though.

fun climbs with no walk off.
By Ryan Brough
From: Arvada, Colorado
Sep 4, 2006
Nathan's approach versus the Ruckman approach. Verdict=follow the candycane tree, unless you prefer loose talus. Nathan's route has more switchbacks, shade, and fewer steep spots.
By Tryhard Scoville
From: Sandy, UT
Sep 12, 2009
Parking: N40 37.594' W111 44.541' alt:5810ft.
Fork: N40 37.890' W111 44.816' alt:6350ft.
Mule Hollow: N40 37.916' W111 45.046' alt:6950.
I had trouble finding this my first time up and spent a lot of time and energy bush whacking and hiking up talus. Hope the following instructions help. The time estimates assume moderately fast hiking with packs. From the parking area, hike up the trail for 15 minutes, or 0.4 miles (don't go .75 miles like I did the first time). Look for a cairn marking the trail to the left. The stream bed will be on the right. The "candy cane" tree is no longer standing, but laying on the ground next to the trail. This trail cuts off before the route described in the Ruckman guide. Head up the steep trail. After roughly 10 minutes, look for the talus slope on the right and a small boulder in the middle of the trail. The trail forks here. If you go right you will hike through a little scree, then hit Mule Hollow wall after another 10 minutes of hiking. If you follow the left fork, you will be heading toward the Sea of Glass wall, and will hit it after another 10 minutes of hiking. Total time is 35-45 minutes.
By ddriver
From: SLC
Jun 28, 2010
The uphill route You are on Your Own isn't listed here, but I'm giving it 4 stars anyway even with the funky approach.
By zoso
Nov 8, 2012
As the descriptions on here are a bit muddled:

Routes from L to R on Sea of Glass wall:

Ground Glass 5.6
Everything and Nothing 5.7
Sands of Time 5.9+
Sea of Glass 5.9+ R
Ravages of Time 5.9+
Glassnost 5.8 R
By Spencer Weiler
From: Salt Lake city
May 14, 2015
Walkoff beta: from the top of the main wall(center face, jam crack) descend on the big ledge down towards the gully to the south. Its mostly 3rd class with some bushwacking and loose rock. You should not need to climb up anything significant. Once you enter the gully via some loose sharp rock, you descend down towards to the big pine tree that is the first of the 2 raps(fixed line w/ knots here as of today) but 30 feet above the tree skirt up onto a narrow brushy ledge on the south of the gully that leads you up and out. The Ruckman guide suggest climbing a mossy slab at the top of the gully to exit, but this is unnecessary. Continue traversing south until you can descend down into easy albeit very bushwacky terrain. Heading straight down takes you back to the riverbed, or traversing hard left(north) will get you to the trail. Took us maybe 20 min from the top to the river.

The raps are likely much more pleasant, but walkoffs are nice if you need em.
By Sean A Smith
From: South Salt Lake, UT
Aug 9, 2015
I found the approach to be quite straightforward though I was worried about getting lost because of the numerous route descriptions. When I hiked up (August 2015) there were two cairns on the left side of the trail which were spaced about 5 feet apart and marked either side of the path where you depart the stream bed and start hiking up the steep slope. About 50 feet after the double cairns I came to a single cairn where you take another left and keep heading up hill on a narrow trail till you hit the wall.
By Jtriv
Jun 23, 2016
We're newbies to trad climbing, assuming we were on the right wall, all five of the climbs that we did-at least to the first pitch were bolted. This was very disappointing to us because we hauled all of our trad gear up to the wall and didn't have an opportunity or even see areas on the routes to use the trad gear. They were fun, easy climbs, we just were hoping to be able to use our trad gear to get used to placing the gear on easy routes and were not able to.
By zoso
Jun 23, 2016
It's refreshing to see newbies complain of bolts instead of wanting them everywhere.

Thank you!

Next time, look more closely at the book/MP and you'll find plenty of gear routes up there.
By Tofu Brain
From: Denver
Jun 23, 2016
^I agree! If you haven't picked up the guide book to the Wasatch yet it will definitely help out, outdated but you can fill in the blanks with MP!
By Taylor Gemperline
Jul 16, 2016
We missed the turn off because of over growth. It is just past the large Round gumdrop shapped boulder on the west side of the stream. The approach was brutal

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