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Parley's Canyon Rock Climbing 

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Sunset from Parley's Riptide wall.


Parley's Canyon is not as pleasant or extensive as Little or Big Cottonwood Canyon, but there is a bit of decent climbing if you don't mind the roar of the interstate.

Getting There 

Parleys is the canyon that I-80 uses to reach Park City. Decent crags are widely scattered and use different approaches.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.9 miles from here

38 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',19],['1 Star',9],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Parley's Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Parley's Canyon:
Two Shovels   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   The Bungalow
Up In a Flash   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   Iron Curtain Wall
The Dugout   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Sport, 45'   The Bungalow
Gotta Be Tall Or Else You'll Fall   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Iron Curtain Wall
Riptide   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Riptide Wall
Edge of the Sea   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Riptide Wall
Prybar   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 45'   The Bungalow
Iron Curtain   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Iron Curtain Wall
Perestroika   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Iron Curtain Wall
Feeding Frenzy   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Riptide Wall
Crosscurrent   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   Riptide Wall
One With the Rock   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   Iron Curtain Wall
Astroprojection   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 80'   Riptide Wall
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Featured Route For Parley's Canyon
Rock Climbing Photo: Setting up a top rope.  We used directionals for A...

Astroprojection 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a  Utah : Wasatch Range : ... : Riptide Wall
The eastern most bolted line, Astroprojection is an edging dream or nightmare depending on your ability. It starts a little slabby, but beyond that there is nothing easy about it. Getting to the overhang is thin and tough on the fingers. Popping the overhang is a decision making process. Do you utilize the right or left crack, layback or jam? Once the roof is cleared, the climbing gets harder (imagine that). Stay off that left arete (no really!!), and edge it on up. There are bea...[more]   Browse More Classics in Utah

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Rock Climbing Photo: A picture of "Up in a flash" 5.8 (on the...
A picture of "Up in a flash" 5.8 (on the...
Rock Climbing Photo: Todd Smith and Dave LaSorte approach into Parley's...
Todd Smith and Dave LaSorte approach into Parley's...
Rock Climbing Photo: The parking lot.  Head toward the power lines to r...
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Rock Climbing Photo: An old one of me on top of "Pharaoh's Hat&quo...
An old one of me on top of "Pharaoh's Hat&quo...
Rock Climbing Photo: Todd climbing the 5.10 Perestroika
Todd climbing the 5.10 Perestroika
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By Lee Gitlin
Jul 10, 2004
Parleys has a surprising number of good climbs in a small area. I prefered the Iron Curtain wall, with a variety of routes ranging from 5.8 to 5.11. You have your choice of 40-110 foot routes. Thin crimps and friction feet are the order of the day, although a few of the routes (Up in a Flash, Gotta be Tall, Out of Touch) are quasi jug-hauls. Generally speaking, the first bolts are pretty high, especially Up in a Flash. And some would consider the routes a bit run out, with big whippers possible.Almost all of the routes have spinner bolts. This may paint a bleak picture, particularly with canyon winds and traffic noise to add to the (lack of) ambience. But those who persevere will be rewarded with suprisingly good, high quality climbing. This crag is worth at least one solid, long day per season.
By vincent pierce
Oct 5, 2004
A number of these routes would be three stars if not for the location. The highway is annoying and the descent to the base is heinous. Other than that, the climbing is great.
By Dalton
Apr 4, 2005
I think this area is great when its not too crowded. People complain about the traffic and highway, but that makes it a great urban climbing scene. Its an area you can knock out a climb over lunch.

By Ryan Brough
From: Arvada, Colorado
Aug 26, 2006
I respectfully disagree with Mr. Pierce. Although many of the trails (chutes) leading to the base of the climbs are "heinous", there are alternatives. There is an easy trail that branches off of the service road after passing the shack that leads to the top of the Riptide Wall. Even easier, you can rappel from the anchors atop both Iron Curtain Wall and Riptide Wall!
By Alec LaLonde
Sep 23, 2007
WARNING -- Criminal Activity at the parking lot of this crag

I was parked in the parking lot of this crag on 9/23/07 (northern terminus of Wasatch Blvd.) when my car was broken into. The driver's side window was smashed, along with that of another car next to mine.

We encountered a shady-looking character at the top of the crag (Iron Curtain wall) with a hammer and chisel-like device. About 25-30 years old, male, short brown hair, 6 feet or so, claimed he lived in the area (walking distance). Be wary when parking here...
By AnthonyJ
From: Salt Lake City UT
Sep 21, 2009
Many of the bolts on the riptide wall should be replaced. If anybody feels up to the task I would happily donate cash for some of the hardware.
By Shaft
From: Salt Lake City
Sep 21, 2009
Anthony, I agree with you, those crags could use some attention. One way to get this on the radar of the ASCA/SLCA for bolt replacement is to post this exact information in the forum found here:

A donation to the ASCA with a message about the $ being earmarked for Parleys might also help, no guarantees though.
By mikewhite
Oct 22, 2009
I will try to get to it this weekend.

Thanks for the heads up.
By Timmy Fearn
Oct 2, 2011
A group of friends and myself were climbing at Parleys canyon today, my friends car and the car next to ours were broken into. Something to be aware of. Whoever did it was moving quick and knew just what they were doing. This seems to happen disturbingly often, A reminder that it is best to leave your car empty while climbing anywhere in the wasatch front and you may consider leaving your windows open. I have heard a few stories of windows broken when the door wasn't even locked and nothing was in the vehicle.
By Greg Gavin
From: SLC, UT
Apr 9, 2015
Fun fact:

The stone at this crag is known as the Gartra Grit, and similar to but not the same as the quartzite in BCC or the Olympus massif.
By Bailey Miller
Jun 1, 2017
If you were climbing here on Tuesday, 5/30, and are missing something, please PM me and tell me what it is. My climbing partner picked it up on accident thinking it was mine. Give a description and we will get it back to you!

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