Elevation: 4,323 ft
GPS: 38.478, -109.911 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Spencer Weiler on Apr 12, 2021
Admins: slim, Andrew Gram, Nathan Fisher, Perin Blanchard, GRK, DCrane
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

Taylor canyon is home to the classic Moses and Zeus towers, as well as the lesser well known Aphrodite and Thracian Mare towers. It is located on the NW side of Island in the Sky. Arguably the area with the most aesthetic desert towers in Canyonlands, though Monument Basin is for sure a candidate.

Getting There

From Moab take Highway 191 north to the well signed left turn onto highway 313 leading to canyonlands and dead horse point. Just before the 10 mile mark, turn right onto a signed road for Mineral Bottom, which is just past the turn for "horsethief campground". Follow this for 13 miles to where it drops down the Mineral Bottom switchbacks to the river. Take a left turn and enter Canyonlands NP proper. From here, the road turns 4wd. Follow it 2-3 miles to the Taylor Canyon turnoff, and follow this road 5 miles to the TH and campsites(reservation needed)

Alternatively, you can hike from Island in the Sky via the Alcove Springs trail 5.6 miles to the towers. From Canyonlands Visitor Center, drive into the park 6miles to the right turn towards Upheaval Dome. Follow this about 5miles to the Alcove Springs TH.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Taylor Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 34
Dunn Route
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5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c R
 25
Sisyphus
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5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 167
Primrose Dihedrals
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5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 29
Pale Fire
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Dunn Route Moses
 34
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad 5 pitches
Sisyphus Zeus
 25
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c R Trad 3 pitches
Primrose Dihedrals Moses
 167
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad 7 pitches
Pale Fire Moses
 29
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Trad 4 pitches
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