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


Hideout Wall is a high quality Wingate sandstone wall that is located on the north edge of the La Sal mountains. It is tucked far enough back that you are sure to have the wall to yourself, there is also a good chance of finding a few unclimbed lines. It has a cool looking crackless spire on the left side of the wall called Spliff Spire. The climbs on the wall itself start on the far left, beginning with the wild S shaped chimney called the Constrictor. Some climbs are located close together with a bit of walking (to the right)in between areas. It has a nice Forest Service campsite below the wall called Hideout Campsite. You may have to compete for the 3 sites with 4 wheelers or the occasional mountain bikers. This is a place for people that have a sense of adventure and like to get away from the crowds.

Getting There

There are two ways to get there, either from above (Beaver Mesa Approach) or from below (Onion Creek - Fisher Valley Trail). I recommend the latter. Start by taking the dirt Onion creek road off of the River Rd (128) (between mile markers 20 and 21). You follow this for about 10 miles, crossing Onion creek around 20 times. The road eventually opens up into Fisher Valley. At the end of the valley you go left at the 2nd dirt spur (Thompson Canyon Trail, may also say North Beaver Mesa). Follow this through a pass and down a steep grade (you may need 4 wheel drive to get back out.) Hideout Campsite is located on a small road that branches off to the right.(1.8 miles) Hideout Wall is visible above the campsites. Spliff Spire is left of the wall, and is better seen and accessed by driving past the campsite turn off. The approach to the wall starts right behind the campsite by making your own switch backs while aiming for the left side of the wall. There are some cairns in place but no official trail up. As my friends will tell you, it is not a 15 minute stroll up to the wall like I sand bagged them into believing, but more like a 30 minute slog/bushwack. It is a lot of effort to get out here but the solitude and quality of the rock make it worth it.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Hideout Wall

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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Pabst Blue Ribbon
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b R
The Constrictor
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Pabst Blue Ribbon
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
The Constrictor
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b R Trad
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BJ Sbarra
Carbondale, CO
BJ Sbarra   Carbondale, CO
what kind of sun does this wall get? from the photo maybe looks like afternoon? Feb 11, 2009
A. Roberts
Boulder, CO
A. Roberts   Boulder, CO
Yea, afternoon sun. I think it faces Northwest. I will keep adding some routes to this. I'm hoping Dave Mealey posts some of the climbs that I was not involved with. Feb 13, 2009
Joe Stern
Moab, Utah
Joe Stern   Moab, Utah
Routes listed from left to right:

Spliff Spire, The Constrictor, Moon's Unit, Bionic Chronic, Dynamo Hum, Chicken Little, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Up In Smoke, Two Minutes for Roughing, Lung, Bachelor Crack, Kister Twister, Kiah Crack, Moab Flu, The Stash Nov 30, 2017