BETA PHOTO: The Millstone, as seen from the Lake Blanche Trail...
An expanse of short but beautiful quartzite. This ribbon of happiness keeps the wanna-be's at bay by it's approach. It consists of mainly sport routes from 5.7 to 5.12b with edges, sidepulls, and pumpy climbing. The views from here are spectacular, both from the base, but more so from the top of the climbs.
Park at the S-curve. Take the trail to Lake Blanche. Don't cross the bridge, but continue up the faint trail, until you can cut across (right) to a large expanse of talus. Climb this talus attaining slabs that lead to the base of the wall. This talus is probably the worst I have ever encountered in the Wasatch.
Weather station 0.4 miles from here
24 Total Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',12],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
Browse More Classics in The Millstone
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Millstone:
Miller Time 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Yuppie Love 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Eraserhead 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Earthling 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, 70'
Moon Walk 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport, 70'
The Maize 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, 65'
Featured Route For The Millstone
Tie Die 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b UT
: Wasatch Range
: ... : The Millstone
The second bolted line from the start of the slab, Tie Die was a rather easy 5.10. The book calls it a 5.10c, I will drop that down to 5.10b. The lower half was fun and technical. The upper half was easy and lichen covered. Hence the 1 star. Still not a bad route for the Millstone area. The crux wa an awkward sidepull around bolt 2/3....[more] Browse More Classics in UT
Latest Regional Forum Messages
Jun 4, 2007
Headed up to the Millstone on 6/2/2007 for the first time. The talus field was a solid warmup, even though we lost the trail on the way there. We managed to lose the trail on the way back, too, somehow.
I don't think we'll go back up there. The logistics of gearing up, belaying and general "moving around" on that slab are a real pain in the ass. The routes themselves are fun and unique, but you spend more time negotiating the slab and trying to keep your junk from rolling to the bottom.
Aug 23, 2011
Ya, climbing outside is a bitch.