BETA PHOTO: White Knight
This is the tower located just off I-70 and looks like the knight (horse) chess piece if you are driving on the eastbound side of the road. The rock is your usual desert tower affair, with chossy rock that can seem more like mud than rock at times. While it is not a destination, its' easy access and close approach broke up the drive nicely for us going from Boulder to Red Rocks. There are two trad routes that are a little on the hairy side, and one aid route
Heading down I-70, pull off to the north near mile marker 120 (there's a median cross-over that leads right into the road if coming from the West). There is a road with a gate and sign saying "authorized personnel only" on it, which leads to a highway maintenance building. Hike the road, staying left when the road splits and you'll reach the base of the White Knight within a mile from the highway.
Climbing Season For the San Rafael Swell - North area.
Weather station 20.5 miles from here
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On the East side of the Tower, there is a chimney with a flake inside of it. Climb the chimney to a ledge with a bolted anchor (5.9) Continue up the easy, slab face to the right without any gear to reach the top of the tower and a one bolt anchor. Descent: Rap from top of tower with double ropes, or single rope rappel to the ledge of pitch 1 and rap again....[more] Browse More Classics in UT
By Jason Haas
Mar 3, 2006
Bjornstad's book says the road leading to the White Knight is near mile marker 118, but the mile marker we saw just before the gate was 120. Either way, there's only one road with a cattle gaurd and a sign saying "authorized personnel only" anywhere near those mile markers