Access Issue: Cougar Cliffs are located in the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, and managed by Snow Canyon S.P. Details

Description

Just north of the city of St. George, in the Red Cliffs Reserve lies the Cougar Cliffs. Within these bounds are a decent amount of mid-range sport climbs on soft and fragile sediment. The nature of this rock combined with moisture lends itself to be only climbable after a 24 hours dry period. This area is -the spot- for local "hard core" sport rappellers, tire tossers, glass breakers, and crushed beer can collectors. Climbing at the Cougar Cliffs is for climbers who like an adventure. if you're a fan of choss, Goss, and toss, this place is for you.

Getting There

Drive 6 miles north past Sunset Bld. on route 18, after MM-6 look left for a pullout. Park here and cross a barbed wire fence to a clearing, Veer south (left) and head towards a dome shaped formation. From here head west to a three bolt anchor (rap) or continue south to a gully and walk down to the base.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Cougar Cliffs

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 11
Pigsty
Sport
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 10
Pearls Before Swine
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 13
Petting the Pussycat
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 7
Forsaken
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 6
Heaven's a Lie
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Pigsty
 11
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Pearls Before Swine
 10
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
Petting the Pussycat
 13
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Forsaken
 7
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Heaven's a Lie
 6
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
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C Miller   CA  
Like the description above states, a lesser area with lots of local flavor. Be advised that the rock is quite sandy and loose - this place makes the Chuckwalla Wall look like Ceuse. Mar 13, 2009