Though being right next to the road, this place feels quieter and more secluded than many places in the Wasatch after an approach hike. This limestone can be very fractured and have less pockets than American Fork, but shares the labor intensity of route preparation and loose rock. Helmets may be recommended and climb cautiously on the less traveled routes.
This has been mostly visited and developed by Tooele climbers.
Drive to the West side of the Oquirrh Mountains to get to Ophir Canyon. About a mile before the old mining town of Ophir, the Lower and upper Portwood Walls are just left of the road.
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|Comments on Portwoods Wall
Oct 11, 2010
| || |Homemade hanger
Submitted By: gearhead on Oct 11, 2010
There is a new route between the 10D and 11 on the upper wall that is protected by poor homemade gear that is suspect and the rock is choss.
Suggest gear replacement or removal. Unsafe!
From: Salt Lake City
Oct 12, 2010
That hanger looks burly. Is it unsafe because the rock sucks?
Oct 13, 2010
The route could work with exfoliation, but both gear and rock suck right now. Bolts are from a hardware store. Hangers chewed up my draws even without putting any weight on them. Other hangers on route aren't as thick.
Routes to the right and left are fine, typical Ophir.
|By Stan Pitcher|
From: SLC, UT
May 3, 2012
What is the aspect recommended season for this wall? Thanks!
Jun 13, 2012
Most of the walls face east and therefore experience late afternoon shade. (after 3 PM) Spring and fall are best, summer evenings work and winter mid-day is passable on sunny days.
From: Taylorsville, Utah
Jul 9, 2012
There are actually several walls in Ophir Canyon now. The wall listed here was the first, now called Portwoods Wall. James Garrett has a fantastic guide for called "Utah's West Desert" published in 2011. However, talking to locals and looking at the routes this guide is already outdated because there has been so much development here recently. Lots of possibilities await!