The Ogden area is an indoor and outdoor climbing paradise. There are outdoor climbing adventures for beginning through expert climbers, and with the addition of iRock at the Salomon Center indoor enthusiasts can hone their skills before heading outdoors. Our most popular climbing areas are described below; additional climbing in Ogden Canyon and elsewhere is just minutes from downtown Ogden. Climb safely, responsibly, and courteously.
9th Street Crag
The 9th Street Crag is a popular sport area with easy access and a range of difficulty. The crag is about 40 feet high with several bolted routes all with top rope chains; top rope access can be made from either side of the crag. Keep an eye open for poison ivy.
Directions: Proceed east on 9th Street until you reach the top. Parking is limited; be considerate to residents. Walk up the dirt road until you intersect the canal road and turn left (north). Follow the road north about a hundred yards to the trailhead. The trail works its way up in the north-easterly direction leading to the crag.
26th Street Bouldering Field
Ogden’s east bench is home to a lifetime of bouldering problems and sequences ranging from V0-V7 or higher. The lower boulder field is located in the area just beyond the top of 25th and 27th Streets; you can see many of the boulders from the road. An upper boulder field is up Taylor’s Canyon and to the north, and the Patriot Crack area is up the hill (north) from the lower field.
Directions: Proceed east up 27th, Lake, or 25th Streets until you reach the end of the street. Parking can be found on the street or on some dirt parking areas; please be considerate to residents and help keep this area available for future use. A short walk upward will lead to the boulders.
The small town of Willard, just north of Ogden, is the jump-off point for some of the Top of Utah’s most spectacular views, some of the West’s (arguably) most difficult hiking and an endless supply of lonely, beautiful climbs. Climbers can cling to walls more than 1,000 feet off the deck on parts of London Spire, the crown jewel of the Willard Spires, which guidebook author Dave Robb called "the most rugged place I’ve ever been."
The 1971 first ascent of three-hundred-foot high Malan’s Waterfall on the east side of Ogden was a landmark climb in the art of climbing frozen waterfalls. This and many other climbs on "farmed" ice are available in the winter.
Ogden Canyon. Ratings vary across this wide formation. 1-2 pitches.
Directions: From Ogden head East on 12th Street (towards Powder Mtn and Snowbasin ski areas).
Malan's Peak Waterfall (WI5, 4 pitches). On the South flank of Malan's Peak (aka Mahlen's Peak) is a hidden, quality climb.
Directions: Drive east to the end of 32nd Street in Ogden and park, cross the golf course, then hike for about a mile up Waterfall Canyon (directly East from the parking lot). (It is also possible to get to the Canyon from the end of 29th Street along a jeep road that skirts the golf course.) The frozen falls won't be visible until you're almost upon them. The falls face south, so this climb should be done as early as possible to avoid falling ice. The first pitch may be all that is climbable, but is itself worth the hike.
School Rock (WI3, 2-3 pitches). At the east end of 26th Street is a large cliff band where ice can form.
Fireman's Notch (WI2, 1pitch). There is a cave on the south side of the canyon.
Directions: From the north end of Polk Ave. off of 3rd Street hike to the bed of the shallow canyon on the east.
Great Amphitheater Gully (WI3, 5pitches, 200m). Located in an obvious wide gully in the quartzite cliffs above 3rd Street in Ogden.
Directions: Park on the east end of 3rd Street or Douglas. Hike east into the obvious gully. A fine gully classic. Difficult to determine conditions from the road without binoculars. One hour approach. Consistently moderate angle on usually thin ice for 5 pitches to the rim. More rock gear than screws for pro. To descend, rappel the gully. The old fixed rappel pins are dangerous. The route is unpredictable and usually forms when a warm melt period is followed by 2-3 days of very frigid temperatures.
iRock at Salomon Center
Come spend the day at Ogden’s newest indoor bouldering and rock climbing facility, located in the Salomon Center. This downtown facility has something for everyone, from the beginner to the hard-core competitive climber. The climbing wall provides 2500 sq. ft. of world-class indoor rock climbing. Whether you top rope our 55’ walls, or boulder on the monster high ball 30’ walls, you will have blast as you learn how to put your problem solving skills to the test.
20th Street is home to the newest and largest member of this family of premier indoor rock climbing and fitness gyms. Over 10,000 sq. ft. of bouldering, top-rope, and lead climbing walls innovatively integrated into the restoration of the all-glass American Can building make for an inspirational setting for year-round fun and training. Our after-school program, summer camps, and youth climbing team give kids a way to build strength, coordination, and confidence while developing an active lifestyle. Technique and training classes provide adults with opportunities to begin at any age and never stop learning. Weights, cardio equipment, and a full yoga schedule round out The Front’s offerings.