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Areas in Potash Road

Culvert Canyon 3 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 6
Culvert Canyon Block Tower 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Day Canyon 25 / 5 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 29
Gold Bar Canyon 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 6
Goosegog 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 1
Long Canyon 72 / 3 / 0 / 7 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 81
Mars 3 / 12 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 14
Middle Earth 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Offwidths are beautiful 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Scar, The 0 / 11 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 11
Wall Street 76 / 53 / 14 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 124
Wall Street North 10 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 10
Wall Street South 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Wasp King Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2

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.
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

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.

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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
30 Seconds Over Potash
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Flakes of Wrath
Trad, TR
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Potash Bong Hit
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Nervous in Suburbia
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Lucy in the Sky with Potash
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Hot Toddy
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Another Roadside Distraction
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Pocket Rocket
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Tequila Sunrise
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Baby Blue
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Gunsmoke
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Astro Lad
Trad, TR
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Static Cling
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c R
Flakes of Wrath Direct
Trad
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Knapping With The Alien
Sport
30 Seconds Over Potash Wall Street 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Flakes of Wrath Wall Street 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, TR
Potash Bong Hit Wall Street 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Nervous in Suburbia Wall Street 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Lucy in the Sky with Potash Wall Street 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad
Hot Toddy Long Canyon > Maverick Buttress 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Another Roadside Distraction Wall Street 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Pocket Rocket Day Canyon > Day Canyon Cragging Routes 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Tequila Sunrise Long Canyon > Maverick Buttress 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Baby Blue Wall Street 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Gunsmoke Long Canyon > Maverick Buttress 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Astro Lad Wall Street 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, TR
Static Cling Wall Street 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Flakes of Wrath Direct Wall Street 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c R Trad
Knapping With The Alien Wall Street 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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this is a shot in the dark but i was swimming and climbing along the colorado the weekend of 15th and left a pair of 5.10 moccasins size 9.5 at the lone boulder along potash rd next to the indian writing sign :( if someone happened to find them and then look on this site that would be amazing !

thanks and i guess ill throw a reward in :) Jun 22, 2012
RTM
RTM  
5 or 6 years ago, my wife and I did some stellar bouldering down this road (south side of the river), on par with Big Bend bouldering. Exotic red rock with white spots. Nov 28, 2011
Andy Laakmann
Bend, OR
Andy Laakmann   Bend, OR  
Kudos to Sam Lightner Jr. / ASCA for replacing virtually every piece of steel on Potash. Most popular anchors are now sporting fat, modern, and painted hardware. Mar 30, 2009
Great hangout, bring suntan lotion, watch for speeding semi trucks, and have fun.

Load up on food and water in town and take a left one you head west over the river.

Remember to watch where you camp, cause you might get a ticket if you are in the wrong spot. Mar 13, 2004

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