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Elevation: 5,761 ft 1,756 m
GPS: 38.06928, -109.55004
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Description Suggest change

A great area with a fairly good selection of climbs, with most residing in the 5.11 range. Since it faces due south it gets good sun all day long and is climbable on all but the coldest days - which also means a miserable experience if you go up there when it's hot. While up there, you'll experience some of the best views in the region.

Most of the climbing is bound by two great routes - Black Uhuru on the left and Wavy Gravy (worth the walk) on the right. In between lots of great climbs can be found, including the mega-classic Scarface.

Getting There Suggest change

Continue past the Supercrack area for several miles on 211 as it winds its way along the cliffs. The large parking area can be found on the left side of the road just after a sharp left curve that goes into a long straightaway. The lot is several hundred yards before a fence and cattle guard, about a half mile before the reservoir, and a mile or so before the Beef Basin road junction.

Due north from the lot, look up for the prominent buttress gleaming in the sun. Find a good trail across the road and follow it as is dips into a wash before heading up talus to the base. Upon reaching the base, the majority of the climbs can be found on the left.

64 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Scarface

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 623
Wavy Gravy
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 270
Black Uhuru
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 29
unknown (Wide Hands LF Corner)
Trad
5.11- 6c 22 VIII- 22 E3 5c
 214
Big Guy
Trad
5.11- 6c 22 VIII- 22 E3 5c
 77
Lt. Uhuru
Trad
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 938
Scarface
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 80
Torque Wrench
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 45
Sudden Impact
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 40
Columbian Hit Man
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 4
Big Jon
Trad 3 pitches
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 101
Desert Vuarnet
Trad
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 75
Comic Relief
Trad
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 46
Steel Pulse
Trad
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
 25
Desert Shield
Trad
5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c
 32
Death of a Cowboy
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Wavy Gravy
 623
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Black Uhuru
 270
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
unknown (Wide Hands LF Corner)
 29
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Big Guy
 214
5.11- 6c 22 VIII- 22 E3 5c Trad
Lt. Uhuru
 77
5.11- 6c 22 VIII- 22 E3 5c Trad
Scarface
 938
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
Torque Wrench
 80
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
Sudden Impact
 45
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
Columbian Hit Man
 40
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
Big Jon
 4
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad 3 pitches
Desert Vuarnet
 101
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad
Comic Relief
 75
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad
Steel Pulse
 46
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad
Desert Shield
 25
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Trad
Death of a Cowboy
 32
5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c Trad
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