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S-Curve - The Pile Rock Climbing 

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The Pile is a very popular sport climbing crag that is shaded in the summer, next to a pleasant stream, and just a few steps from the highway. There are about 6 bolted routes from 5.10a to 5.12b on the east-facing wall across the stream.

Getting There 

From the digital sign at the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon, drive 4.25 miles up canyon until the very obvious S-Curve in the road. There is a small parking lot and also room to park along the side of the road. The Pile is the closest of the several crags near the S-Curve. Be careful of oncoming traffic when you cross the street to the north. Follow the Hidden Falls trail along a small stream for about 50 feet. Cross the stream to the west to find the routes.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.4 miles from here

7 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in S-Curve - The Pile

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for S-Curve - The Pile:
Dog Pile   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Right Pile   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Pile Surgery   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Left Pile   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Compiled   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Summer 2008.  One of hundreds of laps I have done ...

Right Pile 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a  Utah : Wasatch Range : ... : S-Curve - The Pile
One of BCC's best fitness routes, and a great intro to steep climbing. Many a climber's first 5.11d. The rock isn't the best, but for a quick pump it's hard to beat. Better early before the sun and late when the sun is to the west. Often twenty degrees cooler than the S-Curves....[more]   Browse More Classics in Utah

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Rock Climbing Photo: Summer 2008.  One of hundreds of laps I have done ...
Summer 2008. One of hundreds of laps I have done ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Nate Layton clipping on his way up Left Pile.
Nate Layton clipping on his way up Left Pile.
Rock Climbing Photo: Wet, cold, and awesome at the top of Dog Pile.
Wet, cold, and awesome at the top of Dog Pile.
Rock Climbing Photo: the pile wall
BETA PHOTO: the pile wall

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By Chris Doobtrain
From: Sandy, Utah
Sep 22, 2014
Found a pair of climbing shoes and a chalk bag at the pile on 9/20/14. If you can message me what shoes, size and color of the chalk bag, they're yours.
By Brian Ways
From: SLC, UT
Jul 7, 2015
Does anyone know what the climb on the wall to the left of Goomer Pile 5.10a is? It is in the center of the wall with 5 bolts to chains.
Rock Climbing Photo: Tricky crux at the end
Tricky crux at the end
By Boissal
From: Small Lake, UT
Jul 7, 2015
It's a new line which went up a couple of years ago, probably 11c, can't remember who put it up or the name...
By Dan Goodman
Jul 13, 2015
Found some sunglasses up at The Pile today, if you lost them, text me with a description of them at 801-699-4535 and they're yours.
By Salt Lake Climbers Alliance
May 20, 2016
If you are planning to climb at S-Curves or the Pile in Big Cottonwood Canyon this weekend, let us replace the bolts first and pick another spot to climb. Thanks to the handful of dedicated volunteers out doing this work for the community!

Funds raised at the 7th Annual Salt Lake Climbers Alliance Fundraiser Party pay for this replacement work. Come out and support. TICKETS:

Rock Climbing Photo: bad bolt
bad bolt
By Nicole Williams
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 29, 2017
Found some belay gloves yesterday. Message me if you want them back.

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