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The Cat Wall is loaded with lots of great climbs. Most of these are fairly difficult in the 5.10+ to 5.12+ range. There are fantastic splitters that cut through magnificent roofs as well as some thin, steep finger cracks. There seems to be great lines every ten to thirty yards along the wall. Even if there are a lot of people around, keep walking and you will find a fun worthwhile line that is unoccupied.
From Newspaper Rock drive about 8 miles to the junction of County Road 104 and Utah 211 (this is about 5 miles north of Supercrack Buttress). Park on the east side of the road at the large dirt turn-out. Go through the ranch gate (be sure to close it behind you) and follow a trail that heads NE toward the wall. The walk is almost 2 miles. However, unless things have changed, a moderately well driven two-wheel-drive with a little clearance should be able to drive in through the gate considerably closer to the wall and park on a knoll right below the trail that goes up to the cliffs.
Weather station 10.7 miles from here
76 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',14],['3 Stars',45],['2 Stars',16],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Cat Wall
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Cat Wall:
Unnamed 19 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 120'
Tom Cat 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Fat Cat 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Kool Cat 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Curiosity 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Johnny Cat 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
Dead Crow 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 150'
Puma 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad, 1 pitch
9 Lives 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad, 1 pitch, 120'
Alley Cat 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Wild Cat 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Bad Cat 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Trad
Tasmania 5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Burl Dog 5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Featured Route For Cat Wall
Wild Cat 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a UT
: Moab Area
: ... : Cat Wall
Wild Cat is a great finger-stacking testpiece on the west end of the Cat Wall (closer to Nine Lives than Johnny Cat). Climb through a reachy start and clip a bolt that protects a face climbing move up to a pillar. Rest here and then bust it up the not-quite-straight-in off-fingers crack to a final crux: trying to clip the anchors....[more] Browse More Classics in UT
Cat Wall from the trail at Sunset. Photo by Tony B...
BETA PHOTO: One section of routes labeled.
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A view of a flowering cactus and the Bridgers from...
By Aaron Shupp
Apr 16, 2002
There are actually two places to hike in from.Another road (slightly shorter and less rugged) comes into another parking area further to the south. It is a littler farther from the main area, but provides closer access to the routes further south down the wall.
By Brad G
From: Yosemite and elsewhere
Apr 9, 2009
This wall is closed until August due to falcon nesting. The same goes for Scarface. Bummer
By chris Kalous
Nov 3, 2010
An added bummer about the closures: Many routes are dirty from being dormant for a year. Bad Cat, for instance, is unclimbable/needs to be "aided" and cleaned (it was late in the day so we didn't bother). Bring a couple brushes to the Cat as standard equipment. A cheap bottle brush and hand wiskbroom from the grocery store work wonders. A normal bouldering brush will be less than adequate.