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Description 

River Tower is a 400 foot fin of Cutler Sandstone jutting from the hillside one mile north of the Fisher Towers. Although it stands alone and could be included in the River Road section of this site, I included it here because River Tower is a decidedly Fishers-like affair. The summit is protected by a Moenkopi cap rock and all the routes to date have required aid. The tower is easily visible from many points along River Road as well as from the Fisher Towers parking lot.


Getting There 

From Moab take River Road North to Hittle Bottom (near mile marker 23). Slightly north of here, turn right on a non-descript dirt road and follow it to its end. Park next to a juniper tree. From here there are a couple options:

A) Hike back out the dirt road a couple hundred meters and then make for the tower staying far enough away from the hillside to keep the hiking flat. (some small ridges may need to be crossed) Continue until you are looking up at the tower and pick a path up through the cliff bands.

B) Follow the trail uphill from the car and make your way in the direction of the tower. From the top of one of the small hills not far from the car, pick a path up onto the hillside and contour around to the tower staying high when presented with a choice.


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for River Tower:
North Face (a.k.a. Wyrick-Merrill)   5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c C1 R     Trad, Aid, 4 pitches, 400'   
Rasta Wall   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b A3-4     Aid, 5 pitches, 440'   
The Flow   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c C1     Trad, Aid, 4 pitches, 400'   
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Rasta Wall 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b A3-4  UT : Moab Area : ... : River Tower
P1- Obvious splitter beak crack to tension traverse to another beak crack. There is a loose flake with some big swing potential. Go up through two roofs, then up C1/2 crack to two bolt anchor in alcove. One new bolt added to anchor to replace old POS bolt. Need small gear to supplement anchor, we used a beak and a small angle. 140'P2- Head out the TCU roof into mud crack above. Pitch will likely go all free at some point, potentially hard 5.11. Definitely will go all clean on next ascent. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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By Jeremy Aslaksen
From: Albuquerque, NM
Apr 30, 2012

You an no longer drive up the road to the tower as it has been closed off. Enjoy the sandy hike in!

By g.miller
Sep 23, 2013

If you were to climb the Flow, do you rap the route?

By Joe Forrester
From: Ft. Collins, CO
Sep 27, 2013

Yeah, it is pretty easy to rap down the route.

By Greg Miller
From: boulder, co
Nov 11, 2013

how long does the approach take now that the road is closed?

By Joe Forrester
From: Ft. Collins, CO
Nov 12, 2013

It is pretty quick, 45 min or less.