The Watchman is the beautiful and often photographed formation guarding the south entrance to Zion. The impressive 1/2 mile wide west face is cleaved with many vertical cracks, corners, pillars and chimneys. The west face varies from 1,000 to 1,500' high, with at least 15 established routes. 10 of them going from bottom to top. The climbing is very traditional. Make sure you have experience in multi-pitch sandstone climbing.
A good approach is to cross the Virgin River at the Desert Pearl Hotel. A short trail/dirt road leads to the talus. Ascend the small rib that breaks through a cliff band. A trail leads to the middle of the impressive west face. The approach takes about 1 hour.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Watchman:
The Vigil 5.11 R Trad, 10 pitches, 1300 feet, Grade IV
Cradle to Grave 5.11 C2 Trad, Aid, 10 pitches, 1000 feet, Grade V
Silmaril 5.12a Trad, 10 pitches, 1100 feet, Grade V
Featured Route For The Watchman
The Vigil 5.11 R UT : Zion National Park : The Watchman
Starts in a 7" crack & follows various sizes of cracks, face & chimney climbing to the top in 10 pitches. There is a good ledge (bivy) at mid height. This is an outstanding route, with some sporty face climbing. Topo available at visitors center.Probably the best route on The Watchman.Descent: Hike off or rap route. ...[more] Browse More Classics in UT