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Wet My Whistle S 
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Kelly's Rock Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 3,700'
Location: 37.0183, -113.8498 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Andrew Gram, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Perin Blanchard on Mar 11, 2007
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BETA PHOTO: Far left side of Kelly's Rock 1. K-1 (5.10a) 2. ...

In critical habitat area for the Desert Tortoise


Kelly's Rock borders a dry wash and consists of solid, rough limestone. It faces roughly north.

There are over 20 bolted, named routes here from 5.8 to 5.13 with about equal numbers in the 9's, 10's, 11's, and 12's.

Getting There 

From the Woodbury Road turnoff drive 3.7 miles (3.2 according to Goss). Shortly after crossing the fourth cattle guard the parking for Black and Tan and Kelly's Rock is on the right. Walk back to the wash and turn right up the wash (or find a cairn-marked trail that cuts the corner to the wash). From the parking area to the base of the wall is approximately .2 miles (as measured using Google Earth).

Climbing Season

Weather station 9.3 miles from here

26 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',13],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Kelly's Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Kelly's Rock:
Liquid Kitty   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 73'   
Unknown 2   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Topless Vegetables   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 60'   
The Awakening   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 40'   
Rending of Garments   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 70'   
K-1   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 40'   
K-5   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 50'   
Tag Team   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Hubris   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   
K-8   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 60'   
K-6   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 55'   
Czech Frogs Say Qua   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Mayhem   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 80'   
Zealot   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
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Featured Route For Kelly's Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: Dana Steck on K-8.

K-8 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  UT : Saint George : ... : Kelly's Rock
This route is named "k-8" because it originally was the eighth route from the left side. Now it about the 11th or 12th, so things have changed a little. Anyway, Todd Goss calls this "one of the best routes in Utah". Wow... strong statement! However, I am hard pressed to argue with him - I can't think of another one at the 11b grade that is as good as this. Great pockets and edges through a couple of roofs, everything but the kitchen sink on this line. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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Rock Climbing Photo: I wanna soak up the sun....
I wanna soak up the sun....
Rock Climbing Photo: Tekoi Smith on some 5.8 at Kelly's
Tekoi Smith on some 5.8 at Kelly's
Rock Climbing Photo: Right Center section of Kelly's Rock 14.  Another ...
BETA PHOTO: Right Center section of Kelly's Rock 14. Another ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Kelly's Rock, right side.
BETA PHOTO: Kelly's Rock, right side.
Rock Climbing Photo: Left Center of Kelly's Rock 8.  Anchors for Toples...
BETA PHOTO: Left Center of Kelly's Rock 8. Anchors for Toples...
Rock Climbing Photo: Kelly's Rock, left side.
BETA PHOTO: Kelly's Rock, left side.
Rock Climbing Photo: Kelly's Rock
BETA PHOTO: Kelly's Rock

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By Kenny Clark
From: State College, PA
May 23, 2011
I added a bunch of beta pictures with approximate bolt locations on most of the climbs for the left side. I was a little confused on some of the routes from the Goss book. If anyone has any extra information, especially concerning the unknown routes (FA, etc.), then let me know. I'll update the route descriptions.

I've enjoyed my experiences at Kelly's Rock immensely. The wall has so many different routes: easy jugs up runnels, thin slabs, overhanging boulder problems. What's not to love about this place?

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