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A fairly new addition to the Ruth Lake area, the chief wall offers a few moderate climbs on both gear and bolts. While the good medicine wall is bustling with folks, one can often find solace here.

Getting There 

Head up the trail towards the good medicine wall and veer left (east) towards the next set of cliffs facing towards the north west.

Climbing Season

7 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Chief Wall:
Yah-Keerah   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   
Tatanka-lyotanka   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 50'   
Hin-mah-too-yah-lat-tekt   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 45'   
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Red Cloud

Makhpiya-Luta 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  UT : Uinta Mountains : ... : Chief Wall
Translated as Red Cloud, this is a hard, continuous, and sustained line up pockets and shallow edges. Difficult to read, the short and sweet Red Cloud will keep your mind and body busy.Thin and tricky to start, Makhpiya-Luta climbs up and slightly left over mis-leading holds and thin edges to a small, troublesome bulge. Pass this and exit on more comfortable ground....[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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By Chris Komlos
Aug 26, 2012

There are definitely many routes in the Chief Wall area. Much more than are currently on Mountain Project, and harder ones, too! Not sure their ratings or names or anything, but easily an afternoon's worth of concentrated routes with good rock from 5.8 to 5.11 or so.

Also, if you happen to be backpacking in the area, I'd recommend going beyond Ruth Lake to Hayden, Jewel, or Lofty Lake(s) (not much further at all along the trail) for a more solitary and gorgeous experience.

By Ben W
Sep 8, 2012

Tons of routes here, I've heard it called the "Family Wall" as well. I may have left a pair of La Sportiva shoes there over Labor Day weekend. I don't know exactly the size, but they're small, like a men's 6-7. They're lace ups and are pretty aggressively curved. I don't know the exact model, I bought them used from IME in New Hampshire