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San Rafael Canyon - AKA Little Grand Canyon

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San Rafael Canyon - AKA Little Grand Canyon Rock Climbing 

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The Little Grand Canyon of the San Rafael holds a couple of large towers and many Wingate walls that could offer up new routes. The rock quality is excellent and the setting is beautiful.

The most obvious landform is the large and beautiful Petrified Wood Tower, which is about an hour from the trailhead. As the name implies, there is a fair amount of petrified wood along the trail. 45 minutes past this, cross the mouth of Cane Wash. Trilobite Tower is the large tower in front of a large cliff.

Getting There 

From the bridge over the San Rafael River at the south end of the Buckhorn Wash, drive south a bit less than a mile and turn right on the second dirt road. There is a trailhead with signs, a large parking area, a horse corral, and a couple of campsites a half mile from the road. A good trail goes from here through the entire Little Grand Canyon.

Climbing Season

For the San Rafael Swell - North area.

Weather station 20.5 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

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

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Rock Climbing Photo: Tres Hombres

Tres Hombres 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C1  UT : San Rafael Swell : ... : Petrified Wood Tower
Begins with a chimney to a very large ledge. Then climb wide sections and some face climbing to the summit. The last pitch raps you around to the east side of the tower to a very short chimney that puts you on the large summit.Rappelling off of the summit anchors with two 70m ropes will get you to the base of the route....[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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By Paul S
From: Fruita, CO
May 1, 2013
Roughly a kilometer from the trailhead, there's a group of towers on the left. The furthest right of which has an amazing pitch of tight hands to perfect hands on a just slightly overhanging face that leads to the summit. Does anyone here know the names of the towers/formations or about the other routes up these towers?
By greg t
From: Chevy, Silverado
Sep 30, 2014
Rock Climbing Photo: talking about these?
talking about these?
By Paul S
From: Fruita, CO
Oct 2, 2014
Yup, that's them.

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