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Uinta Mountains Rock Climbing 


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Description 

The Uinta Mountains are a relatively high elevation locale away from the summer heat in the valleys. It consists of steep horizontally cracked quartzite. A newcomer to the climbing scene, the Unita's have evolved into a popular sport climber's destination.

Getting There 

From SLC, take I-80 east to exit 148. Take US-40 toward Vernal for 3.8 miles. Exit 4 will be UT-248. Take a left and drive for 11.4 miles. Turn left onto UT-32 (S. Main St.) in Kamas. Drive .2 miles then turn right onto UT-150 (E. Center St. (Mirror Lake Scenic Byway)).

Expect 1 hr. and 20 min. from SLC.

Climbing Season



Weather station 12.5 miles from here

250 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',89],['2 Stars',112],['1 Star',36],['Bomb',2]
['<=5.6',13],['5.7',22],['5.8',33],['5.9',38],['5.10',86],['5.11',46],['5.12',9],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',1],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Uinta Mountains

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Uinta Mountains:
Fear of Gear   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 40'   Stone Garden
Aces High   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 800'   Hayden Peak : Aces High Tower
Peace Treaty   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Ruth Lake : Good Medicine Area
Where Vultures Dare   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 400'   Hayden Peak : Iron Hayden Wall
Aaron's Hot Venom Injection Arete(AHVI Arete)   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, Alpine, 1 pitch, 100'   Bald Mountain : Cobrazone
Black Elk   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Ruth Lake : Good Medicine Area
Sacred Hoop   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 60'   Ruth Lake : Good Medicine Area
Wish You Were Here   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, Alpine, 1 pitch, 90'   Moosehorn : The Moore Wall
The Legend   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Ruth Lake : Good Medicine Area
Run To The Hills   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches, 350'   Hayden Peak : Iron Hayden Wall
Moon Stone   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Ruth Lake : Good Medicine Area
Sun & Steel   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches, 400'   Hayden Peak : Iron Hayden Wall
Wind Walker   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Ruth Lake : Good Medicine Area
Dream Catcher   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport   Ruth Lake : Good Medicine Area
Ziggy Piggy   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, Alpine, 1 pitch, 85'   Hayden Peak : The Most Excellent Crag
Dog Man   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Ruth Lake : Warrior Wall
Good Medicine   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Ruth Lake : Good Medicine Area
Sessions   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 60'   Stone Garden
Obsessions   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   Stone Garden
Warrior Without a Cause   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Ruth Lake : Warrior Wall
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Featured Route For Uinta Mountains
Rock Climbing Photo: Run to the Hills Pitch 1

Run To The Hills 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  UT : Uinta Mountains : ... : Iron Hayden Wall
A great one pitch cragging or 3 pitch adventure route.Pitch 1: (5.10a, 90') Pull the low crux at bolt 1 and follow great edges to a 2 bolt anchor. Gear is required in the horizontals between the bolts and at the top.Pitch 2: Steep start to the climbers’ right of the belay using cryptic moves (5.10) past 3 bolts leads to a ledge with a large block on its left side. Continue up and slightly right utilizing some gear placements and heading for the bolts. Climb up the very cool, ste...[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

Photos of Uinta Mountains Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: climbing at cliff lake
climbing at cliff lake
Rock Climbing Photo: Sport climbing doesn't get much better.
Sport climbing doesn't get much better.
Rock Climbing Photo: Ostler Peak from Ostler Meadow.  My dad and brothe...
Ostler Peak from Ostler Meadow. My dad and brothe...
Rock Climbing Photo: Wyld Stallyns 5.10. The Most Excellent Crag. Hayde...
Wyld Stallyns 5.10. The Most Excellent Crag. Hayde...
Rock Climbing Photo: Another classic day!
Another classic day!
Rock Climbing Photo: 2nd pitch.
2nd pitch.
Rock Climbing Photo: Judd in the Zone
Judd in the Zone
Rock Climbing Photo: Photo by Tyler Phillips
Photo by Tyler Phillips
Rock Climbing Photo: crack in the stack
crack in the stack
Rock Climbing Photo: Talk about views!
Talk about views!
Rock Climbing Photo: Russo , getting Cobra'd
Russo , getting Cobra'd
Rock Climbing Photo: Umbrella retrieval mission at the Moosehorn. Hayde...
Umbrella retrieval mission at the Moosehorn. Hayde...
Rock Climbing Photo: 3rd pitch of Up the Irons 5.11, 4 pitches. Iron Ha...
3rd pitch of Up the Irons 5.11, 4 pitches. Iron Ha...
Rock Climbing Photo: Photo by Ansel Adams, 1963 for the "Hot Girls...
Photo by Ansel Adams, 1963 for the "Hot Girls...
Rock Climbing Photo: Charming the Choss
Charming the Choss
Rock Climbing Photo: Working my Jaw on 'Jawbone' (5.10), at The Waterfa...
Working my Jaw on 'Jawbone' (5.10), at The Waterfa...
Rock Climbing Photo: The ever roaming moose!
The ever roaming moose!
Rock Climbing Photo: A beautiful Uinta Pika
A beautiful Uinta Pika
Rock Climbing Photo: dusk at ruth lake
dusk at ruth lake
Rock Climbing Photo: CTC
CTC
Rock Climbing Photo: CTC
CTC
Rock Climbing Photo: Jahbone5.10
Jahbone5.10
Rock Climbing Photo: morning at ruth
morning at ruth
Rock Climbing Photo: King's Peak, the highest point in Utah, along with...
King's Peak, the highest point in Utah, along with...

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By Ryan Brough
From: Arvada, Colorado
Jun 11, 2007
Uinta Rock, by Nathan Smith and Paul Tusting, is a fantastic resource for those interested in climbing along the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway. Complete with photographic topos, maps to the crags, scenic action photos and helpful information for local services, this guide is a passport to some super summer climbing, away from the heat and crowds.
By Josh M.
From: Golden, CO
May 15, 2009
What's the camping scene like here? Haven't checked the Uinta Rock guide, but is there any nearby? Parking? Thanks!
By adam brink
From: Boulder, CO
May 18, 2010
Could anyone comment on the quality of the climbing in the Uintas? Is it road trip worthy? Thanks!
By Andrew Gram
Administrator
From: Salt Lake City, UT
May 19, 2010
I wouldn't road trip there from the East Coast, but from Boulder it is certainly worth a 3-4 day weekend.
By adam brink
From: Boulder, CO
May 21, 2010
What are the best walls and where is the best camping? Thanks!
By Baylord
From: Fort Worth, Texas
Jul 24, 2010
I was up there for a day on the 21st of july it was awesome, the weather was nice and the routes were great too.
By Bastian
Aug 29, 2012
An update for directions.

Take exit 146 instead of 148.

Awesome place to climb. Went up 8/27.
By Andrew R.
From: Linden, VA
Aug 4, 2013
I have been looking around for the Uinta Rock book, however everyone seems to be out of the book and its out of print. Does anyone know if either the Rock Climbing the Wasatch Falcon Guide or the Rock Climbing Utah 2nd Edition have sufficient coverage for the Uintas? Many thanks for any feedback.
By Salt Lake Climbers Alliance
Aug 21, 2015
Rock Climbing Photo: Ruth Lake Adopt a Crag Sept 5, 2015
Ruth Lake Adopt a Crag Sept 5, 2015

Join the Salt Lake Climbers Alliance and the Forest Service and give back to the Ruth Lake climbing area at the Sept 5th, 2015 Adopt a Crag 9-2PM. Help protect the places you love to play and come out for this staging area and trail work day.

REGISTER at satllakeclimbers.org

NOTICE! If you are planning to climb at Ruth Lake on Sept 5th, the west side (right side) of the Good Medicine Wall and maybe some other locations at Ruth will be closed for this work day. Please consider lending a hand and be an up-stander and not a by-stander.
By Salt Lake Climbers Alliance
May 17, 2016
TICKETS: saltlakeclimbers.org/events/
The SLCA exists to provide a unified voice for climbers in the Wasatch and surrounding regions through advocacy, stewardship, community, and education.
This is the Salt Lake Climbers Alliance’s main fundraiser of the year. All proceeds help pay to steward the outdoor places we love to climb. Funds go towards advocacy work, trail and staging area improvements at local crags, bolt replacement, latrines, education events and more. Games including crate stacking, arm wrestling by local outdoor companies.
Rock Climbing Photo: Fundraiser Party
Fundraiser Party
By Ross Thompson
From: SLC, UT
Jun 27, 2016
I'm looking to head to the ruth lake/stone garden area in 2 weeks. Has anybody climbed up yet there this year? I am wondering what kind of conditions to expect. A DM would be appreciated :)
By Salt Lake Climbers Alliance
Jul 3, 2016
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
RUTH LAKE, UINTAS ADOPT A CRAG
JULY 30th, 2016
What: Bridge building and stone staircase maintenance with the SLCA and the Forest Service. Bring water and snacks. Long pants, close-toed shoes, helmets, gloves, sun protection and sunglasses are required. The SLCA has extra gloves, helmets, and eye protection if you need to borrow gear. Expect heavy lifting and physical work. BBQ by the American Alpine Club & Moab Brewery after the work.
An Adopt a Crag is about giving back to the climbing areas we use on a regular basis. It is important that we make an effort to maintain and care for our climbing areas in order to keep them open. Climbing is a privilege and not a right. Give back to your crag and volunteer with us today.
Time: 10am-3pm
Where: Meet at the Ruth Lake Trailhead and Parking Lot just after mile marker 35 along the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway.
REGISTER HERE saltlakeclimbers.org/adopt-a-c...
By Lee Cantrell
Jul 27, 2016
Hey there I was wondering if anyone found a pair of wms muiras vs at mosquito wall??