Thursday, September 15, 2011

Reservoir Ridge, Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT

Location: Approximately 3 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon.  Look for Storm Mountain Picnic area, pass it and continue on till the road goes over the river.  There will be a chain link fence on the left and immediately after, a black shale parking lot.  Park there.  Head south towards the fence, go around and follow the trail along the river towards the dam.  At the dam take a right and follow the trail to the rocks.

Cost: Free

What to Expect: My husband and I explored this location last week and decided we must take the kids back!  It is a simple and short approach on flat ground from the parking lot to the climbing.  Nice flat area for the kids to play and simple 5.4 - 5.7 routes for them to enjoy.  There is a bolted anchor 15 ft up one of the routes - hotly contested by many locals and used by outdoor eduction teams for classes - but I say it is great for belaying my younger kids off of!

The down side? No harder routes for Mom and Dad.  But great for beginners and kids!

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