Sport climbing doesn't get much better.
The Uinta Mountains are a relatively high elevation locale away from the summer heat in the valleys. It consists of steep horizontally cracked quartzite. A newcomer to the climbing scene, the Unita's have evolved into a popular sport climber's destination.
From SLC, take I-80 east to exit 148. Take US-40 toward Vernal for 3.8 miles. Exit 4 will be UT-248. Take a left and drive for 11.4 miles. Turn left onto UT-32 (S. Main St.) in Kamas. Drive .2 miles then turn right onto UT-150 (E. Center St. (Mirror Lake Scenic Byway)).
Expect 1 hr. and 20 min. from SLC.
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|Comments on Uinta Mountains
|By Ryan Brough|
From: Arvada, Colorado
Jun 11, 2007
Uinta Rock, by Nathan Smith and Paul Tusting, is a fantastic resource for those interested in climbing along the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway. Complete with photographic topos, maps to the crags, scenic action photos and helpful information for local services, this guide is a passport to some super summer climbing, away from the heat and crowds.
|By Josh M.|
From: Boulder, CO
May 15, 2009
What's the camping scene like here? Haven't checked the Uinta Rock guide, but is there any nearby? Parking? Thanks!
|By adam brink|
From: Boulder, CO
May 18, 2010
Could anyone comment on the quality of the climbing in the Uintas? Is it road trip worthy? Thanks!
|By Andrew Gram|
From: Salt Lake City, UT
May 19, 2010
I wouldn't road trip there from the East Coast, but from Boulder it is certainly worth a 3-4 day weekend.
|By adam brink|
From: Boulder, CO
May 21, 2010
What are the best walls and where is the best camping? Thanks!
From: Fort Worth, Texas
Jul 24, 2010
I was up there for a day on the 21st of july it was awesome, the weather was nice and the routes were great too.
|By J Geisler|
Aug 16, 2012
2012 SLCA Adopt-A-Crag Volunteer Sign-up
Event Date: Rain or Shine, Saturday August 18, 2012
Time: 9:00 AM, please car pool
Place: Ruth Lake Parking Lot, Uintas, UT
The SLCA is partnering with the Access Fund Conservation Crew, American Alpine Club, US Forest Service, Liberty Mountain, Black Diamon, Petzl, The Front Climbing Club and Backcountry.com for the Ruth Lake Adopt-A-Crag. Thank you for volunteering!
Please be prepared for mountain weather conditions, which are unpredictable and subject to rapid change. Please bring lunch and plenty of water. Our projects require the use of tools, which should be accompanied by a certain type of attire for your safety and that of others around you. Listed below are items to wear or bring to ensure your volunteer experience is a positive one.
• Long Pants
• Boots (sturdiest shoes possible, with closed-toe, no sandals!)
• Sunglasses or other eye protection
• Lunch / Water (2 - 3 quarts)
• Leather Gloves
• Rain gear
• Extra layers
Be prepared for arduous work at 10,500 feet and lasting up to 5 hours. All personal items must be carried by each individual in a backpack. If you pack it in, please pack it out. Also, dehydration is a real concern during the summer months. Please bring enough water to last the entire length of service. Please also note that most work on trails takes place at high elevations. Please come prepared with an Epi pen if you are allergic to stings, and please also notify work leaders of any special health or medical considerations when you arrive on site.
Meet us at 9:00 AM at the parking lot at the Ruth Lake parking lot at about mile marker 35 which is 28.8 miles from the Fee Area booth near Kamas. Parking passes will be provided by the US Forest Service.
The Access Fund Conservation Crew will lead volunteers to build natural rock steps up the eroding banks at the base of these walls, making this crag more sustainable and enjoyable.
After the work is done, please enjoy a BBQ provided American Alpine Club, a raffle and climbing. Free camping is available Saturday night, water is not available but there will be bathrooms.
If you have questions, send email to email@example.com.
We appreciate your support!
| || |Adopt a Crag!
Submitted By: J Geisler on Aug 16, 2012
Aug 29, 2012
An update for directions.
Take exit 146 instead of 148.
Awesome place to climb. Went up 8/27.