Pocket Rocks Rock Climbing
A juvenile Western Skink at Pocket Rocks.
Found by the Bob Draney and company in the early 90's, this area has evolved into a great sport climbing area. There is a trad route or two out there as well. The rock faces south, so it boils in warm weather, while you can crank on colder days quite happily. One of Cedar City's first crags.
The rock is welded tuff and it is kind of sharp, but nothing too bad. The routes are on average about 60 feet long, so you can bring minimal draws and a short rope if you're so inclined.
Take the 2nd Cedar City exit (exit #59) and go west on 200 N. This road brings you out past the factories and the other industrial-type stuff. Keep to the highway proper.
As you are headed out of town towards the west hills, rock outcroppings appear on your right hand side, the first is Sprocket Rocks, keep driving about 3 minutes and look for the closer (to the road) formations of rock, this is Pocket Rocks. A well-traveled trail leads one up to the cliffs.
Climbing Season For the Cedar City area.
Weather station 11.0 miles from here
17 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Pocket Rocks
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Pocket Rocks:
Crunch Boy 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 30'
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Mustache Mayhem 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b UT
: Cedar City
: Pocket Rocks
Starts out on a good pocket that you can clip the first bolt from, the hands are good through the first couple moves but the feet become kinda sparse. When you get on top of the ledge you will want to clip the higher bolt to protect the crux, and avoid hitting the ledge, but a lower bolt was added to help out some of the shorter climbers.The top section is really good climbing with a couple big reaches, surprisingly enough you might start to feel a little pump even though it doesnt look very s...[more] Browse More Classics in UT
BETA PHOTO: Pocket Rocks from the approach trail.
Pocket Rocks from a distance
By Perin Blanchard
From: Orem, UT
Oct 22, 2008
We followed the directions in Rock Climbs of Southwest Utah & The Arizona Strip, Second Edition (turn right onto a dirt road .5 miles past the "public lands" sign, stay left at each fork) and managed to get to within about 1/8 mile of the approach trailhead in the low-clearance family minivan. The road wasn't horrible, and only elicited occasional cries of, "What do you think you're doing to my car?!", usually heard immediately following ominous scraping noises.
Contrary to the guidebook, the trail starts at the road's end and was marked by a cairn with a stick in it.
By Darren Knezek
May 18, 2009
The guidebook says, "Park at the end of the road, and then backtrack on foot 100' to the trail..."
It should say," Park at the end of the road, and the trail is up and to your left."
Many climbers get lost here, backtrack down the road and end up in between Pocket Rocks and Sprocket Rocks.
By the professor
Jul 2, 2013
The BLM has recently shredded much of the pinyon/juniper scrub at the base of the Swett Hills. The area looks like the Martian devastated landscape from the 2005 movie War of the Worlds. A side effect of this landscape "improvement" is that the approach road is obscured by brush and not passable for 2WD vehicles.
By karl kvashay
From: cedar city, utah
Sep 28, 2014
the approach road is good to go, a little rough for the last hundred yards or so.