Elevation: 5,172 ft
GPS: 38.575, -109.586 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Tradkelly on Dec 2, 2001
Admins: slim, Andrew Gram, Nathan Fisher, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq
Access Issue: RAIN, WET ROCK and RAPTOR CLOSURES: The sandstone around Moab is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Also please ask and be aware of Raptor Closures in areas such as CAT WALL and RESERVOIR WALL in Indian Creek Details

Description

An excellent mix of trad and sport lines, often with routes very close together (some contrived sport routes do exist, but this is not the norm) and the ability to belay from your car or with only a very short walk in make the Potash Road crags a must-climb for any visitor. They are also an excellent introduction to some of the more committing desert climbs in the region. You won't find some of the tower climbing, the mudpiles, or the splitter cracks of other areas, but instead flakes, slabs, nubbins, edges, and other features abound.

Well over a hundred routes exist in the Wall Street area alone, and dozens of others on the other roadside crags and in side canyons. Routes range from 5.4 TR slabs to at least 5.12+, with most being in the .10-.11 range but also with many moderate classics (.8-.9s).

Please use the restroom facilities at either the Jaycee Campground (3.9 miles in) or at the "Indian Writing" sign (5 miles in). Use caution with the anchors and rock, and rap when necessary to preserve the rock and anchors; and watch for poison ivy in the summer! Watch for speeding potash-haulers and 4x4s, as well as tourons watching you and not the road, and be sure to park out of the way.

Getting There

Potash Road (Utah highway 279) is less than five minutes from downtown Moab, and the approach to many of the routes is zero. From Moab drive North on 191 (the main drag) for 1.3 miles past the bridge over the Colorado River (or 1 mile South from Arches NP) and turn South on 191, marked with signs for Potash and 279. All distances to crags are measured from this intersection.

339 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Potash Road

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 672
30 Seconds Over Potash
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 659
Flakes of Wrath
Trad, TR
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 288
Potash Bong Hit
Trad
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 102
Brush Painted Datsun
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 113
Round-Up
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 254
Pocket Rocket
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 229
Tequila Sunrise
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 174
Baby Blue
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 172
Gunsmoke
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 118
Astro Lad
Trad, TR
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 249
Static Cling
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c R
 138
Flakes of Wrath Direct
Trad
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 98
Miss Kitty Likes It That Way
Trad
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13
 122
Skeletonic
Trad
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 147
Knapping With The Alien
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
30 Seconds Over Potash Wall Street
 672
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Flakes of Wrath Wall Street
 659
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, TR
Potash Bong Hit Wall Street
 288
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Brush Painted Datsun Day Canyon > Day Canyon Cragging R…
 102
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Round-Up Long Canyon > Maverick Buttress
 113
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Pocket Rocket Day Canyon > Day Canyon Cragging R…
 254
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Tequila Sunrise Long Canyon > Maverick Buttress
 229
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Baby Blue Wall Street
 174
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Gunsmoke Long Canyon > Maverick Buttress
 172
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Astro Lad Wall Street
 118
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, TR
Static Cling Wall Street
 249
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Flakes of Wrath Direct Wall Street
 138
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c R Trad
Miss Kitty Likes It That Way Long Canyon > Maverick Buttress
 98
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
Skeletonic Wall Street
 122
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13 Trad
Knapping With The Alien Wall Street
 147
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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