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Notch Lake Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 10,000'
Location: 40.7008, -110.9322 View Map  Incorrect?
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Notch Lake is a beautiful area away from the crowds on the Good Medicine Wall. It requires a longer approach but you will be rewarded with lakeside climbing on the getaway wall in an amazing alpine setting.

Getting There 

The Notch Lake trail starts off of Highway 150 just past Mile Marker 29 if you are coming from Kamas (northbound) at the "Bald Mountain Trailhead." There is ample parking and a pit toilet at the trailhead. Basically follow the trail toward Bald Mountain for a short way and then go left when the trail forks (there isn't a sign for Notch Lake but the fork is obvious). Hike this for about 2.3 miles to the lake.

Climbing Season

Weather station 18.6 miles from here

10 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Notch Lake

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Notch Lake:
Sport Rappelling is Neither   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 55'   The Getaway Wall
Neophyte   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 60'   The Getaway Wall
Size Matters Not   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   The Getaway Wall
Wine of Purity   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 70'   The Getaway Wall
Tipping the Vessel of Knowledge   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   The Getaway Wall
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Featured Route For Notch Lake
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Bolt School 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b  Utah : Uinta Mountains : ... : The Getaway Wall
An excellent and forgiving, gear eating monster, this route is the perfect climb for the new trad leader (you also have to be psyched to haul your rack to Notch Lake). Remote as the Gunks are to Utah, this climb is the closest you'll get to being at The Trapps. Horizontal breaks, big solid edges, and nice resting steps get the choosy, gear and sling picker, peacefully to the top. Starting steep, this route follows a stacke...[more]   Browse More Classics in Utah

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By D. Durrant
From: Utah, USA
Sep 14, 2009
Try the DWS along the west side of the lake. From the routes traverse right along a large ledge making a couple of scramble moves to get started. Keep traversing along the bottom of the wall, V1, with many 15'-25' exits. Some large loose rocks about 3/4 way along the traverse make it interesting but over all the rock is good quality. Enough fun to leave the rest of the climbing gear and just bring the shoes, chalk bag and a towel.
By Landon McBrayer
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 21, 2011
The hike is one hour each way, and very mellow.
By Mark Parrett
From: Salt Lake City, Utah
Jul 2, 2012
The fork in the trail is about 20 feet from the parking lot - so don't hike up towards Bald Mtn for more than a few seconds.
By JSaarela
From: Park City
Jul 17, 2016
A note on the DWS routes: all routes are less than vertical except for the first half of the 5.10a arete. Something to keep in mind if you're going up just for DWS, as cheese-grater falls are possible on the remaining lines. The water is the deepest under the arete and the adjacent 5.9 face. While the landings for these two are clear, boulders are visible (to a varying degree) below the other routes. That said, the water is incredibly clear, so they may be deeper than they look.

If you feel like you're going to fall, push off the wall!

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