Mexican Hat is the distinctive piece of caprock balanced on a mesa south of the highway. You'll know it when you see it guaranteed. Royal Robbins nailed a difficult route on the severely overhanging caprock on the first ascent. The infamous Banditos climbing club decided that didn't look fun, and drilled a bolt ladder to the summit. The Bandito route is certainly not hard, but you won't finally many more unique formations anywhere.
Mexican Hat is the obvious mesa just east of the town of Mexican Hat. An unmarked dirt road leads to a small parking area at the base of the mesa. Scramble up to the start of the caprock-if you find the easiest way it is no harder than class 3.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Mexican Hat:
Bandito Route C1 Aid, 1 pitch, 40 feet
Robbins Route 5.6 A2 R Aid
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Robbins Route 5.6 A2 R UT : Moab Area : ... : Mexican Hat
There are two routes on this "hat". One is a bolt ladder, but the original route is natural without bolts. Scramble up to the base of the hat and aid out the roof. It is a short 30-40 foot pitch. The nailing is quite scary though as you are hanging straight down on knifeblades nailed in thin flakes. Near the lip of the roof the crack is very flaring and continues to be difficult until you reach the lip and are able to free climb the last few feet onto the flat summit. Super fun, short an...[more] Browse More Classics in UT