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Culvert Canyon Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Ben Kiessel on Jan 15, 2008
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Golden Nugget with Gold Bar in the background.

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This canyon is access to two towers that I know of. Gold Bar and a unnamed tower that we are going to call Golden Nugget until I'm corrected.

Getting There 

Drive down the Potash Road towards Jug Handle Arch. A short distance past the Corona Arch Trailhead (1/4 mile?) is a large culvert on the right side of the road. Park there and hike up to the railroad tracks, or take the road just before the culvert pull out and drive up to the railroad tracks. Either way once on the railroad tracks walk on the tracks to the left side (with your back to the road) of the canyon. There is a old road/ramp that leads you to a trail and over a fence. Walk the rim of the canyon on a faint trail.

Climbing Season

For the Potash Road area.

Weather station 2.0 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Culvert Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Culvert Canyon:
South Face   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b C1     Aid, 1 pitch, 120'   Gold Bar Tower
Chimney Route   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Golden Nugget Spire (aka Ha...
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Rock Climbing Photo: Gold Bar Tower

Fort Knox 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b  UT : Moab Area : ... : Gold Bar Tower
Starts on the east face of the tower in the obvious, loose, guano coated dihedral. The Climbs starts on easy but loose terrain with stemming. The technical crux comes next when you have to decide just how much of your weight those keyed-in blocks can hold as you climb through a short overhanging section to an ever-widening double crack. The physical crux is as you'd guess; the offwidth/squeeze chimney, which leads to a good ledge. A short, interesting section of chimney ends at the f...[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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By Ben Kiessel
Jan 15, 2008
If anyone knows the real name of the Golden Nugget Spire or the routes on it please tell me and I will change it. Same goes for the South Face route on Gold Bar Tower.

By John J. Glime
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Jan 15, 2008
Sounds like a fun two tower day, thanks for posting them up Ben!
By Ben Kiessel
Jan 17, 2008
John, both of these towers are super fun and should get more action then they do.

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