Ogden 9th Street Crag is the perfect outdoor spot for beginners to practice their climbing or rappelling skills. It has a range of different level climbs, and a lot of scout groups actually use it to practice on before going on high adventure.
Length: About 500 feet from the parking area to the crag.
Difficulty: Moderate (Technical skill required).
Location: East-most end of 9th Street in Ogden, Utah. Basically, follow Harrison Blvd. to the southeast-most corner of Ben Lomond High school and then drive east.
Trailhead Coordinates: (N) 41.248655, (W) -111.933249
Another nice thing about this spot is the ability to set up a top-rope if you aren’t lead-climbing certified. (The beginner climbing route is a 5.6.)
We actually went to rappel so we could prep for hiking ‘The Subway’ down in Zion later this summer!
We took advantage of the crazy warm days in January and went to the Ogden 9th Crag when no one else was there. I hear it gets really busy in the summer, so maybe take a day off in the middle of the week and dedicate it to going up to the crag to practice.
Random fact: This was the first official date Zach and I went on after having our baby girl. I think going over that cliff edge was scarier than giving birth…
I’d say the wall is about 40 ft tall, so make sure you have the appropriate sized rope.
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Ok, moving on!
And….yes that is the super tiny parking lot! When it gets crowded people typically park along the street and walk a bit. You will find the trailhead to the upper left of the lot.
Rock climbing and rappelling have inherent dangers and should only be attempted after proper instruction and training.