Elevation: 3,600 ft
GPS: 36.993, -111.489 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: ryan albery on Mar 21, 2009 with 1 Suggestions
Admins: Andrew Gram, Nathan Fisher, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq
Access Issue: Climbing regulations are in effect. Details

Description

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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Classic Climbing Routes at Lake Powell

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V0 4
 3
Don't Leave The Boat
Boulder
Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c
 3
The Cheesebox
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 3
Hueco Wall
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c A2
 3
Sewing Machine Needle - The Treadle
Trad, Aid 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 3
Fist My Anus
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 4
The Ring Breaker
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 4
Fists in the Glory Pod
Trad
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 4
The Bishop
Trad 3 pitches
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 4
Finger Crack
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5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 3
Island Rock Center Splitter Project
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Don't Leave The Boat Bullfrog Bay Area > Stanton Creek > Mini Bumbum Area
 3
V0 4 Boulder
The Cheesebox Glen Canyon
 3
Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c Trad
Hueco Wall Escalante Arm > Main Escalante Channel
 3
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Sewing Machine Needle - The… Glen Canyon
 3
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c A2 Trad, Aid 2 pitches
Fist My Anus Escalante Arm > Davis Gulch
 3
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
The Ring Breaker Bullfrog Bay Area > Bowns & Long Canyon
 4
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Fists in the Glory Pod Escalante Arm > 50 Mile Creek
 4
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
The Bishop Hite Area > N Wash
 4
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad 3 pitches
Finger Crack Escalante Arm > 50 Mile Creek
 4
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
Island Rock Center Splitter… Escalante Arm > Main Escalante Channel
 3
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad
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