Red Butte

April 15, 2010

An interesting half day climb

Red Butte

Red Butte as seen on the approach. It lies roughly one mile outside of Zion National Park in the Red Butte Wilderness Area. which was created in 2009.

Spendlove Knoll

Spendlove Knoll as seen from the Red Butte Wilderness Area.

Firepit Knoll

Firepit Knoll as seen from the Red Butte Wilderness area.

Bushwhackin' to the Butte

There is plenty of bushwhacking on the lower part of the route. It is not enjoyable.

Sewing Machine Arch

Dominic gets credit for spotting this arch that bears an uncanny resemblance to a sewing machine!

Zig-Zag scrambling 

There is plenty of pleasant scrambling up a zig-zag system of ramps on Red Butte's south side. The going is generally easy and unexposed.

Zion National Park

View east toward Zion National Park. The tall peak right of center is the West Temple. The trained Zion eye can pick out several others.

Summit difficulties

The toughest part of the route is near the summit.

Easier than it looks

We cautiously scramble up some intimidating terrain and its actually a lot easier than it appears, not usually the case in Zion!

Steep scrambling

Dominic pauses during some steep scrambling high on Red Butte.


Dominic leads up the 5th class crux. It consists of a funky, gaping crack and a not-so-featured face. Pro is ok. Up above and around the corner is a fun chimney system that leads to a small ledge and a bolt.

Final moves

Dominic leads out from the bolt to complete the final moves to the summit.


Dominic on top of Red Butte.

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