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Basics
Location
Northern Utah
Season:
Late spring to early fall
Rock Type:
Quartzite, granite, limestone
Routes:
Lifetime

Description

Salt Lake City and the Wasatch Front in general serve as a grand wooded oasis in the Utah desert. So you won’t be climbing red rock, but quartzite and limestone, and instead of duney vistas and eerie rock formations, you’ll be scaling boulders and walls among pine trees.

There are literally hundreds of routes in this area, largely in the canyons. Some routes have bouldery elements, others are all about cracks, sometimes large enough to squeeze hands entire into. The granite and the limestone can have a very different feel under the hands, so if you’re used to one, go careful on the other initially.

These do tend to be more urban climbs than those in other areas of Utah.

Rock Climbing

Parley's Canyon is good climbing in a compact place....

This suburban crag of weathered quartzite is a good starting series of climbs to start beginners on, provided they're accompanied by non-beginners! This is all about sport climbing, although trad is possible....

If a rather massive and convoluted hike to the Cirque itself doesn't bother you, this is a pretty fine series of climbs....

American Fork Canyon is a very modern climbing destination, the result of conscious local effort to develop unique and challenging climbs....

Rock Canyon could be American Fork Canyon's less intimidating little brother....

Mount Olympus's routes aren't too tough, but they are often very long....

Little Cottonwood and Big Cottonwood Canyons are the playgrounds for the Salt Lake City metroplex....

A nice, shady canyon in the summer and rather small, Ferguson Canyon is also prime for ice climbing in the colder season....

Location
Northern Utah
Rock Type:
Quartzite, granite, limestone
Routes:
Lifetime
Season:
Late spring to early fall
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