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The Cottonwood Canyons

Basics
Location
Eastern rim of Salt Lake City
Season:
Spring to Fall
Rock Type:
Granite and limestone
Routes:
Lifetime

Description

Little Cottonwood and Big Cottonwood Canyons are the playgrounds for the Salt Lake City metroplex. Amongst huge granite walls and wooded cliffs, these two canyons have the most developed and extensive amount of climbing throughout the Wasatch Front’s multiple canyons and peaks.

The climbing in both the canyons boasts both single and multi-pitch routes, the longest of which can take a competent climber all day. There is a good sampling of sport routes and single pitch walls but the real gem of climbing here are the trad multi-pitch routes which offer incomparable views of the deep canyon and of the spreading Great Salt Lake valley below.

Bouldering is also incredibly popular and accessible in both of these canyons as they have fallen copiously off from the sheer cliffs above long ago. With so much rock in this area, the problems and routes to climb here are only the best of what the mountains can offer.

Details

Location
Eastern rim of Salt Lake City
Rock Type:
Granite and limestone
Routes:
Lifetime
Season:
Spring to Fall
Camping Info
only during the summer months

Map + Directions

Basic Directions
From I-80 in Salt Lake City, take I-215 south for about five miles and follow signs for Brighton/Solitude ski areas for Big Cottonwood Canyon, or, Alta/Snowbird for Little Cottonwood Canyon
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