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Choss Garden  

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Submitted By: apross on Jun 18, 2009
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A good cliff with better rock and routes than the name suggests.
Stays in the shade till 2pm.

  • In wet weather conditions, skip this area. A day or two after rain or snow, the wall seeps considerably and most routes are unclimbable. In addition, the nature of this crag tends to be loose, holds here will break a lot faster in wet and moist conditions.

Getting There 

Drive 1.6 miles up from the Storm Mountain Picnic Area you'll see a steep wall (The Choss Garden) up in a gulley on the north side of the road. There's a house on the south side of the road. Park on the shoulder just up canyon from the house and enter the gulley where you'll run into the talus slope. 15 minutes approach.

At the top of the main talus slope stay to the left. Head up the rocky/pruned trail another 5 mins till level with the first routes.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.9 miles from here

10 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Choss Garden:
Nettle   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 50'   
Touchy Subject   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 55'   
Up in Arms   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 50'   
Unknown   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 50'   
Pitbulls on Crack   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 50'   
Depth of Field   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 50'   
Mellow Gold   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
The Benefactor   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 55'   
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From the left: new 12d with fixed draws, pitbulls ...

Pitbulls on Crack 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  UT : Wasatch Range : ... : Choss Garden
This route is the namesake for either a head-banging metal group formed in the late 80s, a bootleg Nirvana album, or a drink made from tequila, bourbon, rum, and Jagermeister. Whatever pumped up the Ruckman brothers, it sure worked. The quality of rock here is generally poorer than elsewhere and the line is a bit forced, but Pitbulls is worthwhile for the Garden habitué. The crux comes around the last bolt before the anchors. The anchors can be reached by skidaddling right and back left or p...[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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I might be stupid, but there are about 12 gullies ...
I might be stupid, but there are about 12 gullies ...

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By C Trudeau
From: Driggs, Idaho
Mar 22, 2010
Found a helmet at the base on 3/21/10. Drop me a line to get it back.
By Cowboy Roy
From: SLC, UT
Oct 15, 2011
anyone have any info on the fixed routes ?
By KipHenrie
From: Farmington, utah
Aug 11, 2012
As you start up the trail go left and not right like we did.
By automated
Jun 7, 2013

On the 5.12d on the far LEFT side of the crag, the 3rd bolt had a small block / hold next to it with a chalk "X" on it. Seemed suspicious so we wiggled it and it came of, revealing a very questionable bolt placement with what looks to be small stress fractures in the surrounding stone.

Would recommend avoiding this bolt. Needs to be moved to more solid territory. Hard to say how solid it is, really, but a visual inspection does not inspire confidence.

By lance bateman
Jan 27, 2014
Had a nice afternoon of climbing at the Choss Garden. Mid 40's, sunny and Fun routes. But many of the belay anchors and the fixed chains? left me wondering... Is it really that hard to set up a route with decent hardware that makes sense?
By Mark Lewis
From: Salt Lake City, Utah
Mar 25, 2014
Directions indicate to drive 1.6 miles up canyon from Storm Mountain picnic area - following these directions puts you at the base of the s-curves and Mill-B trailhead.

Rather, from the intersection at the mouth of the canyon drive 3.8 miles up canyon and park in a pull-off on the north side of the road.


On the south end of the pull-off you'll notice a faint trail heading up scree into a gully, follow this trail up to the easily noticeable crag.
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