Elevation: 5,562 ft
GPS: 38.391, -109.839 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Hill on Apr 5, 2002
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


Washer Woman and its neighbor Monster Tower are two incredible Wingate formations located right off the White Rim jeep trail. Standing nearly 500' tall, it is one of the largest towers in Canyonlands National Park and a very worthy objective for any desert climber. Once the towers are in view it is obvious which one is Washer Woman and where the name came from. Take a good look at the arch in the center of the formation. You will be getting a much better one on rappel if you are successful climbing this giant! The remote location combined with the high quality climbing and amazing views of the White Rim make this an incredible experience which I highly recommend.

Getting There

Good directions can be found on the previous page for the most conventional way here. There is another way though. If you take Potash road (Utah 279) past Wall Street and Long Canyon to where it turns to dirt and proceed for 15 miles, you will reach the Shafer Trail/White Rim Trail junction. Take a left, pass a toilet, and go 13 more miles to a parking area on slick rock beneath the towers. Hike up the canyon, watching for a trail breaking off to the left and up towards the towers. You have two choices here. Either head for the notch between Monster Tower and Washer Woman (requires some easy 5th class climbing) or go around the base of Monster Tower if headed for the west face and "In Search of Suds".

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Here's a video I shot while rapping through the arch.

Sorry for the shaky part in the middle. It's not the easiest thing to change break hands while hanging out in the middle of that arch and shooting a video.

youtube.com/watch?v=soNzDlA… Aug 11, 2009
Kevin Kent
Flagstaff, AZ
Kevin Kent   Flagstaff, AZ
What's the name of the 3rd tower on the ridge behind monster tower and washer woman? Looks like a pretty worthwhile summit in its own right. Feb 19, 2017
I believe it is called the "Dish Rack." Mar 1, 2017
Marc801 C
Sandy, Utah
Marc801 C   Sandy, Utah
Regarding the White Rim approach: the NPS now requires 4x4 only on the White Rim jeep trail and a vehicle permit is required, available at the Island in the Sky visitor center. There are only 50 vehicle permits issued per day. May 17, 2017
jawshoe uhh
Sandy, UTAH
jawshoe uhh   Sandy, UTAH
Is there an established climb that goes up the rappel route? Thats the way we went up... Apr 12, 2018