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Location: 40.7986, -111.8751 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Tristan Higbee on Apr 7, 2012
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BETA PHOTO: Approach beta photo 2. Looking up at Hadrian's Bou...


This is a small cobblestone wall with 4 moderate routes on it. With a tame 15 minute approach, it's the easiest wall to get to in the canyon. The wall sees full sun for most of the day and is a nice place to be on cool, sunny days.

The routes here are fun, if a bit dirty still. The rock isn't the best and the routes are brand new, so climb and belay carefully. The rock is less than vertical but still pretty steep; the big cobbles and pockets give the routes low grades. The views of downtown and the capitol building are great.

From the top of the routes you can see a house a couple hundred yards above you. Please be courteous and don't make too much noise.

Getting There 

Park in the lot right before the gate and walk a several hundred feet up the canyon on the paved road to picnic site #1. From the picnic site, you'll be able to see Hadrian's Wall above the trees. Take the obvious trail (that has a little concrete brick retaining wall) that leads left from the main canyon road right by the picnic site. This will take you onto the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. Hike the BST for 5-10 minutes until you're right below Hadrian's Wall and Hadrian's Boulder (if you cross under the power lines you've gone too far). Follow a very faint trail straight up the bare slope until you're even with Hadrian's Boulder on your left. Cut right on a faint trail over toward Hadrian's Wall. Scramble up a couple cobblestone steps to the flat landing below the wall.

See also the three approach beta photos.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.2 miles from here

4 Total Routes

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

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Hadrian's Wall topo.
BETA PHOTO: Hadrian's Wall topo.
Looking over to the capitol building and downtown ...
Looking over to the capitol building and downtown ...
Approach beta photo 1.
BETA PHOTO: Approach beta photo 1.
Approach beta photo 3. Getting from the Bonneville...
BETA PHOTO: Approach beta photo 3. Getting from the Bonneville...

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By Tristan Higbee
From: Cambodia
Apr 7, 2012
There's a short cliff/boulder (Hadrian's Boulder) south of Hadrian's Wall that has a steep south and west side. It has fun problems on it with potential for more.

There's room for couple shorter (3-4 bolt) routes on the wall to the left of Hadrian's Wall, too.

I was listening to the excellent History of Rome podcast as I was bolting and cleaning the routes, hence the names.
By Andrew Gram
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Apr 11, 2012
I checked it out today after work, and I thought it was a fun little crag for locals who live in the Avenues or Capitol Hill. I don't think the shorter wall is worth bolting. Still a bit loose, but totally manageable.
By marsh
Jul 2, 2012
Was here saturday and had a great time. A few comment for other heading over:
Approaching in flipflops or clogs in not recommended... The trail is slippery and you will get hot rocks in your shoes (it burns).

Holds felt solid, but make sure to be aware belaying.

Might want to consider some gardening at the base. Plants in the way of belay stances.

Otherwise a great new crag, props to the developers!
By Dela Rig
Apr 9, 2013
Pros: Fast approach and close to the city Cons: Cant think of a worse climb in Utah
By Leland McCarthy
From: Salt Lake, UT
May 30, 2013
All the routes were a bit dirty, but nothing too sketch. Putting a helmet on your belay may be a wise idea though.

The southern (left) most routes were perfect to teach my friends to lead climb on. The Milvian Bridge route (third from left) had a really janky bolt setup at the top. Two bolts where the chains had been mated. May want to consider rebolting.

In all, a good place to be on a cool day if you're looking to learn to lead climb or want to get some climbing in on a time crunch. Beware of big wasp nests on Trajan's Column though.
By spencerparkin
From: Salt Lake City
Jun 9, 2014
Climbed on this wall a few days ago. I don't know what to make of the rock quality. It is much more solid than expected, but it looks crumbly. We didn't have any holds break. Some of it is a bit dirty, but it was fun to climb.

It should also be said that Tristan always does a great job of choosing and documenting his routes. If he thought this wall was worth something, then it probably is.
By spencerparkin
From: Salt Lake City
Jun 10, 2014
My climbing partner and I returned to this wall today and did the 3 easy routes (the .4, .5 and .6). After having done so, I need to revise my feelings about this wall...

The big problem with this wall is _EROSION_.

I had two holds break on me while on lead, and I can imagine that many holds that didn't break will eventually. For example, there's a really nice hold next to the first anchor on the left that is coming loose.

Normally, none of this would be too big of a concern, because the route would eventually "clean up" after a lot of people climb it. But I don't really think that can be the case with this wall. Year after year, Mother Nature is going to have Her way with this thing. Some of it disintegrates easily, other parts appear super bomber and solid...for now.

All of the bolts we saw look really good at the time of this writing. One of them spins, but it otherwise seems fine.

Oh, and one last thing...their are hornets living on Trajan's Column in the cavities of the rock; so we didn't even try top-roping it.
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