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Snowbasin Rock Climbing 

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When the weather is hot and bothersome in the valley, this mountain provides great multi-pitch alpine rock climbing in a spectacular area with wonderful views. A little taste of Switzerland with the mountain dining, mountain goats, and lift shortened approach times to the multi-pitch climbs.

The rock is a high quality alpine quartzite. The looseness and choss so often mentioned in conjunction with Wasatch alpine routes in places like Alta's Devil's Castle does not really apply here. The summer access to rock climbing in Albion Basin is greatly enhanced by the road from the town of Alta, which usually opens by late June.

Here, Mt. Ogden is part of the Snowbasin Ski Area and weekend access is available between June through October via the Needles Gondola. You can even dine at the luxurious Needles Lodge atop the Gondola after you are done climbing or listen to live music with a BBQ at the base station every Sunday evening.

On Saturdays, the Gondola runs from 0900am to well after dark, so you can even consider a multi-activity day!

Getting There 

Follow directions to Snowbasin Ski Area located at 3925 Snow Basin Rd, Huntsville, UT 84317. From the south take I-15 North and merge right to continue on U.S. 89 N, follow signs for I-84 E/South Ogden, merge onto U.S. 89 N, merge onto I-84 E via the ramp to Morgan/Evanston and take exit 92 for UT-167 toward Mountain Green/Huntsville. Turn left onto UT-167 N/N 6300 W, Continue to follow UT-167, turn left onto UT-167 N/Trappers Loop Rd, Turn left onto UT-226 W/Snow Basin Rd.

Park and consider riding the Gondola. It will feel like approaching some of the long alpine rock climbs in Switzerland, making the approach a breeze. Approach time from the Needles Lodge/Gondola to the routes is between 5 (Needles) to 30 (Mt. Ogden) minutes. The formations are noted on every summer and winter trail map to the area, so it is easy to be oriented.

Remember you are climbing just under 10,000 feet, so beware of sudden afternoon thunderstorms and be prepared. A special treat is dining in the Needles Lodge at the gondola top station afterwards with great views. At this time, the Needles Gondola is only open on Saturday (9am - 9pm) and on Sunday (9am - 5pm) so get an early start if possible.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.2 miles from here

6 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Snowbasin

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Snowbasin:
Needles Nirvana   5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c     Trad, 5 pitches, 550'   Needles
The Gray Slabs   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 10 pitches, 1200'   Mt. Ogden
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The Gray Slabs 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  Utah : Wasatch Range : ... : Mt. Ogden
This excellent, fun, and well protected Wasatch alpine climb is worth doing now before the hordes find out about it! Though by nature of the intricate slab layout there are some broken up sections, many stand out alone pitches make the whole endeavor well worth your while.All pitches assume a natural belay stance on good ledges and though it is possible to link pitches, doing so might create enough rope drag to bust your fun meter.Look for the beginning of the route at almost the lowest point of...[more]   Browse More Classics in Utah

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By Derek DeBruin
Jul 5, 2016
As of summer 2016 season, the gondola runs from 10:00am to 6:00pm, Saturday and Sunday.
By Charlie S
From: Ogden, UT
Jun 25, 2017
Snowbasin is undergoing what appears to be major trail overhauls this summer. A number of trails are temporarily closed due to this work, and the closures may move around the mountain throughout the summer.

Please follow the signs and be ready to take a longer walk if necessary. Doing so enables continued free access to the mountain.

For today (6/25/2017), a detour was in place for Needles #1 and Trail #12 trails. This added about 0.5 miles to the "usual" shortest/steepest route up to Gray Slabs.

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