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Elevation: 5,825 ft
GPS: 37.237, -109.982 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Trevor Bowman on Nov 28, 2016
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

A spectacular pillar hanging off of the south end of Cedar Mesa, above the John's Canyon Trail and directly below Muley Point. Although not technically in the Valley of the Gods, it is quite close to the VOG and offers similar climbing over the variable bands of Cedar Mesa sandstone. Mt. Chomama offers a very unique perspective quite different than the VOG. It is perched above the Goosenecks of the San Juan River, with the river visible from high on the route and the summit. It also offers much better views of Monument Valley than the VOG proper. The summit is a pretty cool spot, well worth seeking out for those who don't mind wrangling some choss en route.

Getting There

From Utah 163 between Bluff and Mexican Hat (only a few miles north of the town of Mexican Hat), turn west onto Utah 261 between mile markers 24 and 25 (this is the same access as the Moki Dugway, Gooseneck State Park, and the west side of the VOG Loop Road).

Continue a mile on Utah 261, and turn left (west) onto Utah 316 (toward Goosecks State Park).

Continue 1/2 mile on Utah 316 and turn right (northwest) onto John's Canyon Trail/San Jaun Co. 244 (the sign for 244 was broken when we were there recently). 244 is good graded dirt, similar to the VOG road, and generally passable for low-clearance vehicles.

Follow 244 for 6.5 miles, as it wraps around the south end of Cedar Mesa, and Mt. Chomama will be obvious, detached from the cliffs above (north of) 244.

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