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Cottonwood Wash Rock Climbing 

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Location: 37.2894, -109.5653 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: S.Mckinna on Aug 13, 2014
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The mouth of Cottonwood Wash from up the canyon.

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


Cottonwood Wash is a secluded area just north of Bluff. The area's cliffs face mostly east and west. There are many routes and potential for more. I would suggest glue with bolts or pins for new routes as the stone is fairly soft. The cleanest lines have a red varnish, expect some sandy lines though. There is a trail/road through the wash but getting to some climbs require crossing shallow water. There are also sticker bushes abound, pants recomended.

Getting There 

Heading west through Bluff on US 163/191 turn right between mile marker 24 and 25 just past a bridge. The right turn is at some rodeo grounds, San Juan County 273 (3rd St. West), and is poorly marked/easy to miss. Drive up this residential road till you reach a locked gate. Park and enter through the gate. Access is permitted although the gate is locked.

Climbing Season

For the Moab Area area.

Weather station 0.9 miles from here

12 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Cottonwood Wash

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Cottonwood Wash:
Million Dollar Baby   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Million Dollar Draw
The Bant   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   Sandwalker Buttress
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Featured Route For Cottonwood Wash
Rock Climbing Photo: Route with anchors marked.

Mormon Teabag 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b  UT : Moab Area : ... : Sandwalker Buttress
This clean, right-facing dihedral offers classic climbing. It would have a line if it were on Supercrack Buttress!Hands/cups comprise the bulk of the corner, with some fists in a short offset in the middle, and a short stretch of tight hands leading to the brief off-width (arm-bar/heel-toe) finale to a sloping ledge. This has the best rock of any climb I've done in the Bluff's not quite Wingate, but pretty damn close!...[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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