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Shared By: ryan albery on Mar 21, 2009 with updates from Anus Herder
Admins: Andrew Gram, Nathan Fisher, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq
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Endless beautiful cracks along the 700 miles of climbable cliffs that form the shoreline. Navajo and Wingate sandstone. Generally a bit warmer than the Moab area. Adventure climbing with only a few hundred established routes... a lifetime of possibilities. This is truly a spectacular venue for climbing.

Unfortunately, the hundred or so feet of rock below the high water mark (the white stuff) is generally poor for climbing/water soloing.

Beautiful camps abound, and driftwood generally makes for easy campfires. A portable shitter is required if you're more than a quarter mile from a marina.

Getting There

Need a boat to get to the good stuff! Skiff rentals around $40 a day during the off season (best weather for climbing). Houseboats are very expensive ($3000+ a week). Sea kayaks are perfect.

Starting from the dam, the best climbing is between miles 40 and 139, and roughly 20 miles up the San Juan arm. Wingate appears at lake level around mile 115 and continues to 140.

Beautiful 3-5 pitch spires up the Escalante arm (mile 69), though currently difficult to access do to low water.

Hite Marina (at mile 139) is currently closed due to low water (the Colorado River is flowing here). Coming from the north, the best put in is at Bullfrog (south of Hanksville on highway 276), or Halls Crossing from the south. There is a vehicle ferry that operates between these two marinas.

The entire lake is inside the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, and a fee is required (or a national parks pass). Camping limit in one spot is 14 days, though this is only enforced during the summer months when it's generally too hot for climbing anyway.

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Please keep in mind that all bolts, pitons and other fixed gear should be removed. Climbing here is a privilege and we should follow the regulations set forth by the National Park Service.

nps.gov/glca/parkmgmt/loade… Jan 22, 2011
Andrew Gram
Salt Lake City, UT
Andrew Gram   Salt Lake City, UT  
It doesn't say anything there about bolts. I'd be happy to not use fixed anchors when the big piece of concrete near Page is removed. Until then, hypocrisy of the most ludicrous sort. Jan 26, 2011
This is pasted from page 4 of the regulations:

The requirement that all gear, including pitons, chocks, or other climbing aids be removed and the prohibition
against use of glues, chock, or other aids, is intended to preserve the natural character of cliff faces and preclude
visual disturbances which may occur should devices or evidence be left in place.

Please exercise good judgment climbing in Glen Canyon NRA. Feb 2, 2011
Bill Duncan
Jamestown, CO
Bill Duncan   Jamestown, CO
Just FYI...this is a duplicate area. The Glen Canyon National Recreation Area has been posted since 2006. Oct 6, 2011
"Glen Canyon" National Recreation Area and Lake Powell are, in my opinion, not well organized or thought out. GCNRA should be the bigger umbrella with Lake Powell under it. GCNRA is bigger geographically that just the lake and "the site" predates the Lake Powell site. Then there are "sub areas" like Wahweap Bay Area that appear to be more of an ad campaign than a climbing guide. Lines like, " The Giant Vagina" are totally misplaced and not even in the GCNRA. This area(s) could use some MP Admin. love. For that matter, most of southern UT has similar issues and could also benefit from some Admin reorganization and house cleaning. All that being said, I understand (to some extent) the constraints on you all. Best wishes. Sep 30, 2018