Turtle Wall Rock Climbing
the turn off
This is a nice crag that is easily accessible to St. George but has a bit more of a outdoor feeling to it than the Chuckawalla Wall
The stone here is very similar to the Chuckwalla Wall
- steep in many places with big pockets. A bit soft and sandy, but overall not too chossy and fun to climb on. All bolted and generally well-bolted.
Turtle has some steeper stone than Chuckwalla
and a natural arch/cave with some really steep routes like Banana Dance (11+). There are routes here from 5.8 to 5.13.
Faces east so it gets morning sun and afternoon shade.
for an oblique, aerial view.
Park at the Chuckwalla parking lot (about a mile north of St. George on Hwy 18). The parking lot is well-signed and hard to miss.
Then walk past Chuckawalla Wall
and follow the well-signed trail about a mile into the desert. You will see Turtle Wall on your left as you walk north.
Don't follow the first sign that says "Turtle Wall" and heads off left. Continue straight until a sign that states "Climbing Access" and then head left across the wash.
Weather station 3.8 miles from here
19 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Turtle Wall
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Turtle Wall:
Lambada 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Carapace 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, 40'
Tortuga 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
Largado 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 25'
The Waltz 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Featured Route For Turtle Wall
The Actual Parchments 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c UT
: Saint George
: Turtle Wall
As with almost every other route on this wall, The Actual Parchments offers an incredibly fun challange over steep sandstone terrain with varied moves, and of course, lots of chances to fall off... This route starts with a sharp and difficult pocket-pulling boulder problem (V4 or 5) past 3 bolts to huge jugs that make this route reasonable. I stick clipped the second bolt, which mabe a good idea due to the boulder behind you if you fall. Rest a bit then do the final huge deadpoint to a crimp (r...[more] Browse More Classics in UT
jeff taking a unique rest on Director of Human Aff...
This really is a rad climb!!
my brother from another mother cruzin' this turtle...
NY showing us how to throw down
From: Sandy, Ut
Jan 22, 2008
More climbs in the 5.11-5.13 range in the cave that are not mentioned here. Had I climbed them, I would list them. I just saw the bolts.
From: West Valley, UT
Apr 5, 2010
Check out some videos of this awesome crag.
Apr 3, 2016
Can't recommend this wall to anyone based on the rookie bolting job. Spinners, bolts in a sandy horizontal roof, poor bolt placement in general, and risk for decking on most of the cave routes if you blow any of the clips. This is all bolting 101 stuff that was somehow missed by the developers...