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Routes in Site 18

Bomber S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Indiscretion T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Looker S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Skin the Cat S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Unknown S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
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Elevation: 6,285 ft
GPS: 42.093, -113.704 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: Tod Crane on Sep 30, 2006
Admins: grk10vq, WAGbag, Mike Engle


Despite its secluded location, Site 18 is one of the more popular crags at the City. Three solid, well-protected sport routes and one mixed route all within the 5.7-5.9 range make this a fun destination, especially for those who are looking to gain more experience with leading. The heavily featured granite wall is west-facing, making it a pleasant morning venture.

Getting There

After entering the City of Rocks from the Almo side, drive about a mile and then turn west on the Circle Creek Overlook road. Follow the road to a parking lot. From the parking lot hike west down a road that leads through a fence gate and continues westward. Continue for ½ - ¾ mile to an older road that heads north. Follow it for a few hundred yards, watching carefully for a less than obvious trail that splits off to the left through the brush, heading northwest to Site 18.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Site 18

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Skin the Cat
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Skin the Cat 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Looker 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Bomber 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Unknown 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
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Jack Lazar
Portland, OR
Jack Lazar   Portland, OR
Great little site. Would recommend for a smaller group that wants to avoid crowds while they work on easy/moderate routes. As for how to get there (from the Circle Creek Overlook), I want to second what wasatch-mtn-man wrote. I'll reiterate what he said, because both myself and other parties I've met still have had difficulties finding the way to the crag.

Make sure to go through that gate and follow the dirt road toward and past Building Blocks. Only after you've passed the Building Blocks do you turn right. The first time I tried to get to Site 18, I ended up on the Geological Loop Trail (not sure if that's what it's officially called) because I tried to go as the crow flies. Unfortunately, that will only lead you in a loop (surprise!). Have fun! Jun 28, 2014
From the Circle Creek Overlook Trailhead (which has a new parking lot and bathroom btw) it takes about 30 min to get there. You follow the road north past the gate until you get to a fork. Take the right fork, up and around some lone formations, past a few formations in the trees and then past a ways until you cross a creek, head south and then come to the sign and crag on your right (west). Was a little confusing for the first time but if you just keep walking on the trail, it is very well marked.

This is a very nice, secluded crag with four routes side by side. Worth the hike. Can then continue on to Tahitian Wall or elsewhere. Its fun to be out in that part of the COR that is not frequently accessed. Jun 13, 2011
Brendan N
Salt Lake City, Utah
Brendan N   Salt Lake City, Utah
the approach trail is now VERY well marked Oct 19, 2009
James Schroeder
Sauk County, WI
James Schroeder   Sauk County, WI  

Thanks for this great addition to MP, it is much appreciated. I can also vouch for the enjoyable nature of Site 18. All three of the routes you've listed are exceptionally fun, and I'd recommend them to anyone.

Thanks again,
James Oct 1, 2006

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