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
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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.

316 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
 597
30 Seconds Over Potash
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 588
Flakes of Wrath
Trad, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 446
Nervous in Suburbia
Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 79
Brush Painted Datsun
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 98
Round-Up
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 198
Pocket Rocket
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 204
Tequila Sunrise
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 149
Baby Blue
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 152
Gunsmoke
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 106
Astro Lad
Trad, TR
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 215
Static Cling
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c R
 117
Flakes of Wrath Direct
Trad
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 86
Miss Kitty Likes It That Way
Trad
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13
 103
Skeletonic
Trad, Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 129
Knapping With The Alien
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
30 Seconds Over Potash Wall Street
 597
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Flakes of Wrath Wall Street
 588
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, TR
Nervous in Suburbia Wall Street
 446
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Brush Painted Datsun Day Canyon > Day Canyon Cragging R…
 79
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Round-Up Long Canyon > Maverick Buttress
 98
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Pocket Rocket Day Canyon > Day Canyon Cragging R…
 198
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Tequila Sunrise Long Canyon > Maverick Buttress
 204
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Baby Blue Wall Street
 149
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Gunsmoke Long Canyon > Maverick Buttress
 152
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Astro Lad Wall Street
 106
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, TR
Static Cling Wall Street
 215
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Flakes of Wrath Direct Wall Street
 117
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c R Trad
Miss Kitty Likes It That Way Long Canyon > Maverick Buttress
 86
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad
Skeletonic Wall Street
 103
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13 Trad, Sport
Knapping With The Alien Wall Street
 129
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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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
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
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
bend  
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