Description

Sand Gulch is yet another top-notch Shelf crag, known particularly for its outstanding collection of moderates. The cliffs here are taller and more monolithic than most, offering long, continuous routes of impressive quality. Routes range in difficulty from ~5.8 to 5.12b. The various cliffs that comprise the Gulch face in various directions such that its possible to chase sun or shade at any time of day, as conditions dictate.

A 60m rope is good, and 10- 12 draws will get you up routes with a few to spare. There are moderate trad leads around, and some of the bolt routes will take gear if you so choose.

Getting There

Park at the loop at the end of the Sand Gulch Campground road. A good trail departs from the north end of this loop, and quickly drops into the sandy wash that flows from the mouth of the gulch. Trails for the Contest Wall and the Free Form Wall depart from this wash.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Sand Gulch

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 299
Enterprise
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 162
Barney
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 94
Armistice (AKA The Armisist)
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 104
The List
Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 311
Suburbia
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 218
Spinney Dan
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 136
Cactus Drop
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 126
Pedestrian Gene Pool
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 172
Regroovable
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 86
Village Idiot
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 115
Silverado
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 114
Partners in Crime
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 120
Metropolis
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 140
Freeform
Sport
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 74
Phase Dance
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Enterprise Contest Wall
 299
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Barney Free Form Wall
 162
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Armistice (AKA The Armisist) Contest Wall
 94
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
The List Contest Wall
 104
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Suburbia Contest Wall
 311
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Spinney Dan Contest Wall
 218
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Cactus Drop Contest Wall
 136
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Pedestrian Gene Pool Free Form Wall
 126
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Regroovable Contest Wall
 172
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Village Idiot Free Form Wall
 86
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Silverado Contest Wall
 115
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Partners in Crime Free Form Wall
 114
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Metropolis Contest Wall
 120
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Freeform Free Form Wall
 140
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Phase Dance Contest Wall
 74
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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KateC  
Anybody know names and grades for the new routes between Miller Time and Cactus Carrie on Contest Wall? We climbed the pockety, sandy route with the big roof at the top last weekend and had quite the adventure. Mar 4, 2009