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

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

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.

55 Total Climbs

Route Finder - Best Climbs for YOU!

Location: Scarface Change
Type:  to 
Quality:
Pitches:
Sort by:   then:
 

Classic Climbing Routes at Scarface

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 137
Unknown 5.9 (AKA: P1 of American…
Trad 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 92
Spam
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 198
Italian Combo
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 445
Wavy Gravy
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 230
Where's Carruthers?
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 157
Black Uhuru
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 78
Dirt Cheap
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 78
Ravin' Daves (previously called…
Trad
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 112
Mantel Illness
Trad
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 143
Big Guy
Trad
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 87
Pop Quiz (aka Brown on Butter)
Trad
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 585
Scarface
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 55
Torque Wrench
Trad
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 105
Sicilian
Trad
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 59
Desert Vuarnet
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Unknown 5.9 (AKA: P1 of Ame…
 137
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 2 pitches
Spam
 92
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Italian Combo
 198
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Wavy Gravy
 445
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Where's Carruthers?
 230
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Black Uhuru
 157
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Dirt Cheap
 78
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Ravin' Daves (previously ca…
 78
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Mantel Illness
 112
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Big Guy
 143
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Pop Quiz (aka Brown on Butter)
 87
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Scarface
 585
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
Torque Wrench
 55
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
Sicilian
 105
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad
Desert Vuarnet
 59
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad
More Classic Climbs in Scarface »

Sun & Shade

Weather Averages

High
 
Low
 
Precip
 
Days w Precip
 
Prime Climbing Season
J F M A M J J A S O N D
J F M A M J J A S O N D
As I remember it starts in fingers, it is really balancy up the start, it then goes to really good tight hands for a way (#2 friends) then it gets a little wider and gets easier. There is some cool stemming up top, not necesary but a good break. My wuss partner John, flopped all over it. This is a really good route that utterly fails to suck. Dec 20, 2001
Alan Searcy
Pine, Colorado
Alan Searcy   Pine, Colorado
This is hard at the bottom but eases off after 30 feet or so. Stellar jamming, my mitts were a little too big for the bottom third, so it felt desperate and insecure. Up higher (as the rain really started coming down) the tight hands opened up into a luscious, slightly moist, slutty, big hands, crack. Oct 29, 2004
!!!LOST!!! : Canon Powershot Camera in a red, white and black christmas sock. Was lost around April 26, 2009 and is most likely at the Scarface parking lot. If found please please please email me at walck.cassie@gmail.com. Thank you so much! Apr 30, 2009
grk10vq    
I think I left a small grey scarpa thunder shoe a bit to the left of Scarface route, or maybe in the parking lot. If you send it to me I'll pay a small reward or knit you a hat. Please help rescue my left trad shoe. Email catherine.henry.ceh@gmail.com Jun 10, 2018