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Chief Mo'o-wai (Shaking Hand) S 
Chief Po-bisho-e-quasho (Iron Jacket) S 
Chief Salad S 
Chief Sick-ee-Gnar S 
General George Custer S 
Geronimossimo S 
Hin- mah- too- yah- lat- tekt S 
Kansas City Chiefs S 
Little Big Horn S 
Little Chief S 
Makhpiya-Luta S 
Quanah - Last Comanche Warrior Chief S 
Scout S 
Tatanka-lyotanka S 
Too Many Chiefs T 
White Buffalo S 
White Fish S 
Yah-Keerah T 

Chief Wall  

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Location: 40.7313, -110.87607 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Rob Hyldahl on Aug 21, 2005  with updates from Tim G.


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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 

One hundred yards after the "Haymakers and Hibernators" sign on the the main Ruth Lake Trail take the trail that forks off to the left.

After a couple minutes traveling on the flat rock with lots of small rocks marking the trail there will be another fork on the left. Take this trail straight up to the cliff.

Climbing Season

Weather station 15.6 miles from here

18 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',13],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Chief Wall:
Little Chief   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
Yah-Keerah   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   
Little Big Horn   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Scout   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Chief Mo'o-wai (Shaking Hand)   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
Chief Salad   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
Chief Sick-ee-Gnar   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Makhpiya-Luta   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 40'   
Tatanka-lyotanka   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 50'   
General George Custer   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 40'   
Hin-mah-too-yah-lat-tekt   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 45'   
White Buffalo   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
White Fish   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
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Yah-Keerah 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  UT : Uinta Mountains : ... : Chief Wall
(Chief Walker) This is a fun little warm-up and a good way to start a day out at Ruth Lake. It begins on the far left of the Chief wall and climbs a less than vertical wall with a distinct finger crack starting about halfway up. This is a good climb, however it is very short....[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
By Rob Stinogle
Aug 24, 2014
Anyone have info on the routes that aren't listed on Mountain Project? We climbed a few today; I'd love to add them but have no idea on the names.
By David Gutzman
Sep 15, 2014
Finally got new routes up and listed. Photos coming soon for new routes. What a great place to climb!
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