Elevation: 5,714 ft
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Shared By: Aaron Shupp on May 12, 2002
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Access Issue: Raptor Nesting Climbing Avoidance Areas Details
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
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Description

The Cat Wall is loaded with lots of great climbs. Most of these are fairly difficult in the 5.10+ to 5.12+ range. There are fantastic splitters that cut through magnificent roofs as well as some thin, steep finger cracks. There seems to be great lines every ten to thirty yards along the wall. Even if there are a lot of people around, keep walking and you will find a fun worthwhile line that is unoccupied.

RAPTOR CLOSURES: Please be aware of seasonal raptor closures at the Cat wall and Reservoir wall. They occur annually from March 31st until August 31st. *Due to the federal hiring freeze in agencies such as the BLM of Monticello, no official closure for 2017 has been issued and the laws which have been put in place in previous years are not being enforced. Please, for the sake of fragile desert ecology, DO NOT CLIMB at stated walls. These raptors return to the same nesting sites every year to raise their nestlings. These cracks aren't going anywhere, please respect the closure and spread the word.

Getting There

From Newspaper Rock drive about 8 miles to the junction of County Road 104 and Utah 211 (this is about 5 miles north of Supercrack Buttress). Park on the east side of the road at the large dirt turn-out. Go through the ranch gate (be sure to close it behind you) and follow a trail that heads NE toward the wall. The walk is almost 2 miles. However, unless things have changed, a moderately well driven two-wheel-drive with a little clearance should be able to drive in through the gate considerably closer to the wall and park on a knoll right below the trail that goes up to the cliffs.

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5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 244
Tom Cat
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 115
Cat man do
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 86
Cat Got Your Tongue
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 103
Here Kitty Kitty
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 94
Unnamed 5.10 -Route 60
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 82
Trip to the Vet
Trad, TR
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 80
More Than One Way
Trad
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 123
Fat Cat
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 91
Kool Cat
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 146
Deseret Moon
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 67
Curiosity
Trad
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 118
9 Lives
Trad
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 157
King Cat
Trad
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 116
Puma
Trad
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 148
Johnny Cat
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Tom Cat
 244
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Cat man do
 115
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Cat Got Your Tongue
 86
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Here Kitty Kitty
 103
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Unnamed 5.10 -Route 60
 94
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Trip to the Vet
 82
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad, TR
More Than One Way
 80
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Fat Cat
 123
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Kool Cat
 91
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
Deseret Moon
 146
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
Curiosity
 67
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
9 Lives
 118
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
King Cat
 157
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad
Puma
 116
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad
Johnny Cat
 148
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad
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There are actually two places to hike in from.Another road (slightly shorter and less rugged) comes into another parking area further to the south. It is a littler farther from the main area, but provides closer access to the routes further south down the wall. Apr 16, 2002
Brad G  
This wall is closed until August due to falcon nesting. The same goes for Scarface. BummerÂ… Apr 9, 2009
An added bummer about the closures: Many routes are dirty from being dormant for a year. Bad Cat, for instance, is unclimbable/needs to be "aided" and cleaned (it was late in the day so we didn't bother). Bring a couple brushes to the Cat as standard equipment. A cheap bottle brush and hand wiskbroom from the grocery store work wonders. A normal bouldering brush will be less than adequate. Nov 3, 2010
Nate Sydnor   Moab
From Jason Byrd. BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner:

Some updated information on spring/summer 2019 raptor nesting and climbing avoidance areas for IC:

"We just issued a news release and map of the active rapture nesting areas in the Indian Creek Corridor. Here is the web address to the News Release (blm.gov/press-release/annou…). The ?map? is attached to the news release the link is on the right hand side.

Background Information: compliance not to climb in these areas is voluntary and and strongly encouraged, as human disturbance can affect nesting success, however the routes are not legally closed. This requires additional environmental reviews and public notification through the Federal Register, which takes some time. Because of this, we are referring to these routes as "climbing avoidance areas" rather than closures. The entire climbing community is generally very supportive and helpful in these raptor protection efforts, and we hope these voluntary efforts will help keep these locations open outside of the nesting season for your enjoyment.

Please be aware of climbing routes that have nesting raptors. This News Release requests climbers' cooperation in protecting eagles, peregrine falcons, and other migratory birds who use the Indian Creek area to raise their young. Between March 1st and August 31st each year, the BLM asks climbers to avoid climbing these walls until they have been cleared by agency biologists: The Wall, Far Side, Second Meat Wall, Disappointment Cliff, Fin Wall, Broken Tooth, Cat Wall, Slug Wall, and Reservoir Wall. Two of these walls are on partially or wholly on lands managed by SITLA, who is working cooperatively with BLM to protect raptors. The BLM and SITLA will survey walls and generally in May can release any routes that don't have active nests. The walls with active nests should be avoided until the young have fledged. Eagles and falcons mate for life and return to the same nest sites year after year to raise their young, your cooperation is vital to their survival. Here is a link to the news release and map of the affected areas (add link here). Signs will also be posted at the main trailheads.

Please let me know if you have any questions- Thanks!

Jason Byrd
BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner
Monticello, UT 84535
435-587-1534
jbyrd@blm.gov Feb 21, 2019