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S-Curves Rock Climbing 


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Description 

The S-Curves are the comprehensive area on the north side of Big Cottonwood's token s-curve feature. Containing 4 large and diverse crags, climbing here is steep, mostly bolted and varied in length. With a fairly easy approach and bolts, bolts, bolts, its no surprise the S-Curves draw the crowds. Large enough to accommodate the masses, and wide ranging in grades, most climbers will and have been finding plenty to do here.

With the exception of the cool and shady Pile, most crags here face south and southeast. While S-Curve season is year round, sunny, fall climbing tends to be the best and winter options exist with february being prime.

Getting There 

Drive and park in one of the few lots or pull-outs 4.25 miles up the canyon. Cross the highway heading north to find the approach trails. See individual crags for directions.

Climbing Season



Weather station 3.4 miles from here

45 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',15],['2 Stars',22],['1 Star',8],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',3],['5.7',1],['5.8',3],['5.9',4],['5.10',15],['5.11',13],['5.12',5],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in S-Curves

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for S-Curves:
Geronimo   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   S-Curve - Upper Wall
Skyscraper   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 170'   S-Curve - Upper Wall
Clean Underwear   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   S-Curve - Upper Wall
Urban Sprawl   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   S-Curve - Upper Wall
Melting Point   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   S-Curve - Lower
Dog Pile   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   S-Curve - The Pile
City Slave   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   S-Curve - Lower
Bourbon Street   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   S-Curve - Lower
Black Monday   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   S-Curve - Lower
Ionic Bonding   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 2 pitches, 120'   S-Curve - Lower
Megalopolis   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   S-Curve - Upper Wall
Give the Dog a Bone   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 60'   S-Curve - Upper Wall
Times Square   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   S-Curve - Lower
High Dive   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 40'   S-Curve - Upper Wall
Cross Town   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   S-Curve - Lower
Mass Wasting   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 80'   S-Curve - Lower
Right Pile   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   S-Curve - The Pile
Pile Surgery   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   S-Curve - The Pile
Left Pile   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   S-Curve - The Pile
New Cliche   5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   S-Curve - New Cliche
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Featured Route For S-Curves
Rock Climbing Photo: shot from up the hill from pile. onsight attempt

Left Pile 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b  Utah : Wasatch Range : ... : S-Curve - The Pile
Once at the Pile area, this route is directly to the right of Gomer Pile and shares anchors with it. Getting up to the third bolt is pretty easy, with it being 5.10 climbing. Clipping the fourth bolt is a challenge as you're on a small, somewhat slopey hold. After that, is the crux of the climb, then huge jugs the rest of the way up. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Utah

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By KameronM
Mar 29, 2015
I found a chalk bag that was left behind at the upper S-curves on last Sunday(3/22/15). Shoot me a text with the description/make of the bag and we'll figure out how to get it back to you.

- Kameron 801-618-5554
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. Funds raised at the 7th Annual Salt Lake Climbers Alliance Fundraiser Party on June 9th pay for this replacement work. Come out and support. TICKETS: saltlakeclimbers.org/events/

Rock Climbing Photo: bad bolt
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