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Lake Powell Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 3,600'
Location: 36.9934, -111.4894 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: ryan albery on Mar 21, 2009  with updates from Drew Herder
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Endless beautiful cracks along the 700 miles of climbable cliffs that form the shoreline. Navajo and Wingate sandstone. Generally a bit warmer than the Moab area. Adventure climbing with only a few hundred established routes... a lifetime of possibilities. This is truly a spectacular venue for climbing.

Unfortunately, the hundred or so feet of rock below the high water mark (the white stuff) is generally poor for climbing/water soloing.

Beautiful camps abound, and driftwood generally makes for easy campfires. A portable shitter is required if you're more than a quarter mile from a marina.

Getting There 

Need a boat to get to the good stuff! Skiff rentals around $40 a day during the off season (best weather for climbing). Houseboats are very expensive ($3000+ a week). Sea kayaks are perfect.

Starting from the dam, the best climbing is between miles 40 and 139, and roughly 20 miles up the San Juan arm. Wingate appears at lake level around mile 115 and continues to 140.

Beautiful 3-5 pitch spires up the Escalante arm (mile 69), though currently difficult to access do to low water.

Hite Marina (at mile 139) is currently closed due to low water (the Colorado River is flowing here). Coming from the north, the best put in is at Bullfrog (south of Hanksville on highway 276), or Halls Crossing from the south. There is a vehicle ferry that operates between these two marinas.

The entire lake is inside the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, and a fee is required (or a national parks pass). Camping limit in one spot is 14 days, though this is only enforced during the summer months when it's generally too hot for climbing anyway.

Climbing Season

For the All Locations area.

Weather station 0.8 miles from here

50 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',23],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',8],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Lake Powell

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Lake Powell:
Hueco Wall   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   Escalante Arm : Main Escalante Channel
The Ring Breaker   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Bullfrog Bay Area : Bowns and Long Canyon
Fists in the Glory Pod   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 35'   Escalante Arm : 50 Mile Creek
Finger Crack   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 30'   Escalante Arm : 50 Mile Creek
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Featured Route For Lake Powell
Rock Climbing Photo: a warm day

Dihedral 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b  UT : Lake Powell : ... : Cedar Canyon
30' of offwidth/chimney to the top of a pillar with a good bolt at the midway point. Then wide hands for 30' up to a small stance with two drilled pins (added after the FA, but good for a rap with 60m). Then 80' of cruiser hands (#2 Camelots all the way).... to a single bolt rap.Maybe the purest climbing I've ever done at Powell. A beautiful, obvious line....[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

Photos of Lake Powell Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Map of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. View ...
BETA PHOTO: Map of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. View ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Powell
Rock Climbing Photo: Boating
Rock Climbing Photo: Numerous routes on this formation (lake mile 127)....
Numerous routes on this formation (lake mile 127)....
Rock Climbing Photo: a handful of routes in the 9-11 range on this form...
a handful of routes in the 9-11 range on this form...
Rock Climbing Photo: Huecos!
Rock Climbing Photo: Boat start.
Boat start.
Rock Climbing Photo: After the boat leaves it's just you, rock and wate...
After the boat leaves it's just you, rock and wate...
Rock Climbing Photo: Sweet dws on the lake.
Sweet dws on the lake.
Rock Climbing Photo: Again steep than it looks!
Again steep than it looks!
Rock Climbing Photo: Half way.
Half way.
Rock Climbing Photo: This route is much steep that the photos lend you ...
This route is much steep that the photos lend you ...
Rock Climbing Photo: lake powell offers endless first ascents for those...
lake powell offers endless first ascents for those...
Rock Climbing Photo: Starting from a kayak. Knowles canyon.
Starting from a kayak. Knowles canyon.
Rock Climbing Photo: Gunsight Butte near mile 17... made it up two pitc...
Gunsight Butte near mile 17... made it up two pitc...
Rock Climbing Photo: Paddle
Rock Climbing Photo: Steep and deep!
Steep and deep!

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By Albert Newman
Jan 22, 2011
Please keep in mind that all bolts, pitons and other fixed gear should be removed. Climbing here is a privilege and we should follow the regulations set forth by the National Park Service.
By Andrew Gram
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Jan 26, 2011
It doesn't say anything there about bolts. I'd be happy to not use fixed anchors when the big piece of concrete near Page is removed. Until then, hypocrisy of the most ludicrous sort.
By Albert Newman
Feb 2, 2011
This is pasted from page 4 of the regulations:

The requirement that all gear, including pitons, chocks, or other climbing aids be removed and the prohibition
against use of glues, chock, or other aids, is intended to preserve the natural character of cliff faces and preclude
visual disturbances which may occur should devices or evidence be left in place.

Please exercise good judgment climbing in Glen Canyon NRA.
By Bill Duncan
From: Jamestown, CO
Oct 6, 2011
Just FYI...this is a duplicate area. The Glen Canyon National Recreation Area has been posted since 2006.

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