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Little Cottonwood Canyon's Images

Utah, USA
Description: Premiere bouldering area in the Salt Lake City vicinity. Granite boulders litter the canyon floor from the mouth of the canyon all the way to Snowbird and Alta ski resorts. Many bouldering testpieces (up to V13) exist including some unrepeated problems. The most comprehensive guide to LCC is A Bouldering Guide to Utah by Beck-Baldwin-Russo.   History: The canyon is U-shaped, carved by a Pleistocene era glacier. More recently (beginning in 1853), the Mormon pioneers mined the granite for their temple and other buildings. Unfortunately many beautiful boulders have been destroyed. Development of new areas and boulder problems is ongoing. The canyons rock consists of quartzite low in the mouth of the canyon, granite (actually quartz monozonite) on both sides of the canyon until about halfway up. The granite then tends to be concentrated on the south side. A curious formation of limestone towers makes up the "Hellgate" directly north of Alta.
Camping: There are two campgrounds. The first is Tanners Flat campground and is closest to the majority of the climbing. The second is at the top of the canyon in Albion basin near Alta ski resort. Tanners Flat: Albion Basin: Out of bounds camping is discouraged and you may be ticketed if you leave your car on the side of the road over night. As the canyon is a watershed for the city, no dogs are allowed.