Elevation: 7,000 ft
GPS: 37.706, -109.803 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Josh Ewing on Sep 4, 2012
Admins: slim, Andrew Gram, Nathan Fisher, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq
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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

Description

This is a remote, high-elevation desert canyon. The area is incredibly beautiful, with plentiful ancient ruins, a year-round stream, and lots of tall pines and quaking aspen. The rock is Cedar Mesa Sandstone, which can range from decent to bad. As with all infrequently climbed sandstone, expect some sand and bring some fresh webbing for the anchors.

Getting There

Hammond Canyon is located in the Manti-La Sal National Forest, in the Elk Ridge Area, west of the Abajo Mountains. Getting there is complicated, and you'll need a map. You can come from the Natural Bridges area via the Bear's Ears Pass. You can come from Indian Creek, via a big drive up Beef Basin Road. Or you can come from Blanding via Cottonwood Wash. It's possible to access the canyon from above or below. The top of the canyon is at "Little Notch," which is signed off of the Elk Ridge Road, also known as Woodenshoe Road. The camping at this trailhead is nice and the hike into the canyon is down an established trail. For towers in the lower canyon, it might be easier to come in from the Cream Pots trail, but it's probably sixes.

Respect and Protect

Please Respect and Protect archaeological sites: Stay on trail, help prevent damage. Don’t move artifacts, let everyone enjoy the discovery. Stay out of ancient buildings and off walls, they are fragile! Report looting and vandalism: 1 800 722 3998

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