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Onion Creek

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Onion Creek Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Andrew Gram on May 12, 2002


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RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone around Moab is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. MORE INFO >>>


Onion Creek is a small complicated area of Cutler sandstone towers and walls. Most of the activity here is on the Hindu, the Mongoose, and Sari - a cluster of three towers right next to Onion Creek Road. There are also many walls and towers along the slot canyon leading to the mystery towers which sport some fixed anchors and have a great deal of new route potential. As with all areas on Cutler, be wary of loose rock, bad anchors, and scary free climbing.

Getting There 

The Onion Creek Road is in between the turnoff to Castle Valley and the Fisher Towers on River Road(SH 128). The turnoff is about 22 miles northeast of Moab. There is great free camping along Onion Creek Road on designated BLM sites. The Hindu, Mongoose, and Sari will be obvious on the right side of the road after many creek crossings, and the slot canyon leading to the Mystery Towers is not far past this point. The road is rough but passable for passenger cars most of the time-if the road is wet or icy 4WD is a good idea.

Climbing Season

Weather station 7.2 miles from here

16 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Onion Creek

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Onion Creek:
Maverick   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2     Trad, Aid, 4 pitches, 250'   The Hindu
Something Wicked This Way Comes   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a A2+     Aid, 6 pitches, 650'   Mystery Towers & Top of the... : Gothic Nightmare
Cooler than Jesus   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   Mystery Towers & Top of the... : Top of the World Overlook
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Robin Hood 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13  UT : Moab Area : ... : Merrymen Tower
Despite being a bit dirty, this climb is highly enjoyable. Pitch 1 - 5.8 PG-13 100 feet. Starting on the north side of the tower, grovel up an obvious wide chimney. The chimney turns right and narrows into a squeeze chimney. Continue upwards as the squeeze chimney becomes a stem between two towers.Just when the route doesn't seem obvious, do a dubious traverse along the west face of the tower and belay at a small ledge with a wide crack.Pitch 2 - 5.8 20 feet. Climb up the wide crac...[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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