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Submitted By: Ken Trout on Apr 16, 2009

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Candlestick Tower is big for a 5.10 summit. The Green River side of the Island in the Sky is a nice long way from any potash mines. Probably the most remote drive of all the White Rim summits.

I think is was worth doing more than once and plan to go back and get better beta. Maybe try a one day ascent from the rim via the Wilhite Trail.

Getting There 

Candlestick Tower is located on the west side of Island In The Sky. , on the stretch between Moses and Standing Rock. There is a backcountry campsite nearby called "Candlestick Camp".

The fastest way to drive in is via the northern end of the White Rim Trail, via the Horsethief Trail. The crux of the White Rim will normally be a southbound, bouncy, 4wd hill above "Hardscrabble Camp". There is a backcountry campsite near the approach called "Candlestick Camp".

For approaching with paved road style of car, try hiking the Wilhite Trail. From the Holeman Spring Basin low point, the climb back to the Upheaval Dome Road is 1,500 feet. I talked with a ranger about the trail being fine to hike, but have not tackled it myself.

The first ascent party rappelled the rim and jumared out using several fixed ropes.

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By Ben Kiessel
Mar 13, 2013
-We drove in the White Rim from Mineral Bottom and parked near where the Wilhite Trail intersects it. It took us 1hr and 20 min to hike to the base of the East Face and 50 min to hike back to the car. 6hrs and 40 min car to car.
-Someone in the summit register said that they hiked the Wilhite Trail in from the upper TH and it took 2 hrs and 45min to get to the base.
-Someone else said they rappelled in but would never do that again.

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