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Elevation: 3,011 ft 918 m
GPS: 37.19818, -113.28533
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Shared By: Gordon Larsen on Dec 16, 2018 · Updates
Admins: Andrew Gram, Perin Blanchard, GRK, D Crane

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This short outcropping of black basalt rock is next to the Virgin River at a popular swimming hole with a rope swing on a cottonwood tree. It is only 35-40 feet tall and the climbs are on the east face. Therefore, morning sun and afternoon shade. Dreadfully hot in the summer until evening. Comfortable in the winter on sunny days. Easy top-rope access from the back side of the rock. Good area for family outings and teaching people/kids how to climb. Hopefully over time others will add routes.  For now there are 5 short well-bolted sport routes. The Hurricane Gorge has lots more potential on bigger walls. The rock faces tend to be blocky and loose and may require significant cleaning. The area is part of the Desert Reserve and currently any route development needs to be approved by the land managers. Further information regarding access for route development should be forthcoming soon.The routes are located immediately next to the river, separate from the massive basalt cliffs that form the canyon walls. No shade directly at the crag, but there are some picnic tables and trees about 30 yds upstream. A much better and faster approach is from the end of W Center street. 37.201419, -113.283899. Pay attention to parking signs in the neighborhood.

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The old confluence Park Trailhead is under construction and the only parking is far south on the other side of the bridge, or in a private lot for a coffee shop/restaurant. A faster and shorter approach is to park in the neighborhood of W Center St and S 560 West, and walk down the dirt road towards the river gorge. The sloped back side of the basalt rock will be directly in front of you once the dirt road splits.A 15 minute walk downstream along the Virgin River from the Confluence Park trailhead off of SR 9 immediately north of the Hurricane Bridge.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Swimming Hole Rock

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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 16
Twin Power
Sport
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 11
River Rock Rueben
Sport
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 12
Double Rubble
Sport
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Twin Power
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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
River Rock Rueben
 11
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Double Rubble
 12
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
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