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Areas in San Rafael Canyon - AKA Little Grand Canyon

Petrified Turtle Buttress 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Petrified Wood Tower 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 2
Trilobite Tower 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 1
Elevation: 6,172 ft
GPS: 39.094, -110.713 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Andrew Gram on Oct 3, 2012
Admins: Andrew Gram, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq
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Description

The Little Grand Canyon of the San Rafael holds a couple of large towers and many Wingate walls that could offer up new routes. The rock quality is excellent and the setting is beautiful.

The most obvious landform is the large and beautiful Petrified Wood Tower, which is about an hour from the trailhead. As the name implies, there is a fair amount of petrified wood along the trail. 45 minutes past this, cross the mouth of Cane Wash. Trilobite Tower is the large tower in front of a large cliff.

Getting There

From the bridge over the San Rafael River at the south end of the Buckhorn Wash, drive south a bit less than a mile and turn right on the second dirt road. There is a trailhead with signs, a large parking area, a horse corral, and a couple of campsites a half mile from the road. A good trail goes from here through the entire Little Grand Canyon.

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Classic Climbing Routes at San Rafael Canyon - AKA Little Grand Canyon

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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C1
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Original Route Trilobite Tower
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C1 Trad, Aid 3 pitches
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Paul S
Fruita, CO
Paul S   Fruita, CO
Yup, that's them. Oct 2, 2014
greg t
Chevy, Silverado
greg t   Chevy, Silverado
Sep 30, 2014
Paul S
Fruita, CO
Paul S   Fruita, CO
Roughly a kilometer from the trailhead, there's a group of towers on the left. The furthest right of which has an amazing pitch of tight hands to perfect hands on a just slightly overhanging face that leads to the summit. Does anyone here know the names of the towers/formations or about the other routes up these towers? May 1, 2013

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