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The Overlook  

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Elevation: 11,000'
Location: 37.7154, -112.7747 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Andrew Gram, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: EricD on Aug 30, 2006
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This is a great place to beat the Southern Utah heat. At such an elevation, the temps rarely get above 80, and long sleeves and pants are welcome, even in July and August. The rock is welded tuff and offers climbs from 30' to 70'. Climbs range from 5.8 to 5.13, many of which can be top-roped allowing for some great opportunities to climb above your level. The rock is textured and can be quite sharp, especially in the many finger pockets littered on the routes. Lots of fun climbing exists here and is made all the better by the weather.

Getting There 

From Cedar City, take Highway 14 East to Highway 148 (this is also the turn for Cedar Breaks National Monument). Drive through Cedar Breaks (no fee required if you're just driving through) and make a right (east) on Highway 143. Take Hwy. 143 for 4.7 miles to the Sydney Valley Rd (Forest Road 048). Make a Left (this road is easy to miss...there is a sign that reads "048"). Follow this dirt road for about 4.5 miles and there will be a small turnaround area on the left. This is the parking area. This is also a parking area for a nearby mountain bike trail.

Looking North, routes are to the West and East. The closest one (Willie the Pimp) is about a 3 minute walk to the East.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.8 miles from here

20 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Overlook:
Dr. Diaper   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 30'   The Starting Block
Willie the Pimp   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, Alpine, 1 pitch, 50'   The Starting Block
Angering the Cheese Gods   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, Alpine, 1 pitch, 35'   The Starting Block
Howard Hughes   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, Alpine, 1 pitch, 40'   The Starting Block
The Crucible   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, Alpine, 1 pitch, 50'   The High Rise Area
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Featured Route For The Overlook
One-finger Pockets Suck 5.10a

One-finger Pockets Suck 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  UT : Cedar City : ... : The High Rise Area
This a great Crack of mostly hand sizes that looks like it 's not done that often. The worst part is there is thick green moss far back in parts of the crack that you can touch. This doesn't interfere with gear placements and you can work around the moss in the cracks. It's a great climb worth doing if you brought trad gear with you. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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By Perin Blanchard
From: Orem, UT
Nov 21, 2007
Broadway Melody of 1974, Genesis
By Roy Suggett
Nov 9, 2014
I you want to mix up your day here there is a fun thing to do provided you have a designated shuttle driver. Have this good human drop you a the Brian Head summit with your Mt. Bikes and then meet you with gear at the Overlook. The trail is pretty good and runs right to the crag in less than an hour. Climb most of the day, then, if still game, ride one of the Bunker Creek trails down to Panguitch Lake and meet at one of the burger joints. Another shuttle driver needed.
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