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',0],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',12],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
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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
The Maize 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a UT
: Wasatch Range
: ... : The Millstone
There is a little more suspect rock on The Maize than on the other three-star routes at The Millstone, but I wager there isnít a route on the crag that has more continuously difficult and technical climbing. Moonwalk comes close, but the crux section of that route is much shorter. Particularly if it isnít chalked up, expect a pumpy brain teaser from the time you leave the second bolt to the jug below the fifth bolt. Kudos to the Haze and the other strong-armed lads ...[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.