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Elevation: 5,172 ft 1,576 m
GPS: 38.5751, -109.5858
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Shared By: Tradkelly on Dec 2, 2001
Admins: slim, Andrew Gram, Perin Blanchard, GRK, D Crane
Warning 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 DetailsDrop down

Description Suggest change

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 Suggest change

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.
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 867
Flakes of Wrath
Trad, TR
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 144
Brush Painted Datsun
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 441
Pocket Rocket
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 307
Tequila Sunrise
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 243
Baby Blue
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 248
Gunsmoke
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 161
Astro Lad
Trad, TR
5.11- 6c 22 VIII- 22 E3 5c
 369
Static Cling
Trad
5.11- 6c 22 VIII- 22 E3 5c
 40
Mini Skirts And Halter Tops
Trad 2 pitches
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 35
Seventh Serpent
Trad
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 138
Miss Kitty Likes It That Way
Trad
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13
 164
Skeletonic
Trad
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 229
Knapping With The Alien
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 41
Under the Boardwalk
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 56
Horizontal Mambo
Trad, Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Flakes of Wrath Wall Street
 867
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, TR
Brush Painted Datsun Day Canyon > Day Canyon Cragging R…
 144
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Pocket Rocket Day Canyon > Day Canyon Cragging R…
 441
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Tequila Sunrise Long Canyon > Maverick Buttress
 307
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Baby Blue Wall Street
 243
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Gunsmoke Long Canyon > Maverick Buttress
 248
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Astro Lad Wall Street
 161
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, TR
Static Cling Wall Street
 369
5.11- 6c 22 VIII- 22 E3 5c Trad
Mini Skirts And Halter Tops Long Canyon > Shady Crag
 40
5.11- 6c 22 VIII- 22 E3 5c Trad 2 pitches
Seventh Serpent Long Canyon > Reptilian Wall
 35
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
Miss Kitty Likes It That Way Long Canyon > Maverick Buttress
 138
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
Skeletonic Wall Street
 164
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13 Trad
Knapping With The Alien Wall Street
 229
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Under the Boardwalk Wall Street
 41
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Horizontal Mambo Wall Street
 56
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Trad, Sport
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