Elevation: 5,496 ft
GPS: 38.37918, -109.68546
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Shared By: A. Roberts on May 10, 2022
Admins: slim, Andrew Gram, Nathan Fisher, Perin Blanchard, GRK, D C
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


This tower is dedicated to Mark Robin, a unique character and overall great guy who passed from ALS in 2017. 

I found this tower, along with an as yet unclimbed sister tower right next to it, back in 2010 while in the area doing a route on Solstice Tower. We rappelled off the cliff down to the notch of the still unclimbed tower. Not seeing any features to climb, we continued down to the base of what is now called Soulshine Tower. The most promising line was on the outside face of Soulshine. I didn't make it back out there until 7 years later. On this attempt I found an easier way down about 1/3 of a mile to the right from the towers. Dave Mealey joined me and were able to climb the 1st two pitches before the lack of correct gear (pins) and Dave's dog being sick made us bail. I didn't make it back out again until the fall of 2021 with Lance Lemkau and Jay Miller. This time we only made it shortly past the 1st pitch before a storm hit us. We made it back in May of 2022 and were able to battle 50 mph winds to finally reach the top. Varied climbing up solid Wingate sandstone in a spectacular setting made this route one of the best I have ever put up.

Getting There

Soulshine Tower is located off a rim above Lockhart Basin, best approached by driving out the Anticline Overlook Road.

*See photos for a driving map. Drive South from Moab down Hwy 191 for about 33 miles and take a right onto Needles Overlook Rd. After about 15 miles you come to a 3-way junction where you want to take a slight right (straightish) to continue driving North toward the Anticline Overlook. In another 8.5 miles you will see a road off to the right for the Hatch Point Campground. One mile past this you will see a dirt road on the left (heading SW). This is the road out to Canyonlands Overlook. Set your odometer here and follow this road SW on a bit of a rough track for around 1.3 miles. The road slowly bends to be heading NW for an additional 1.3 miles. At 2.6 miles from the Anticline Overlook Rd, take a left on the only road around (SW). After about .3 miles, before a steep rock section, we pulled off to camp. We were able to get a Subaru to this point without any issues. To drive any further you would want a higher clearance vehicle. From camp, hike (or 4WD) up the road for approximately 1/2 mile. We left a cairn just off the road where there is a small fire pit from an old camp spot. From here angle right off the road for 75 to 100 yards until you reach the rim. This should bring you close to a break in the cliff where there is a cairn marking the descent. To lay eyes on the towers walk west (left) along the rim for 1/4 to 1/3 mile. If you happen to find the towers first, you will need to walk east (right) to locate the descent route. *See photos for a topo of the descent. From the rim hike down steep talus following cairns down and to skiers left. You will see some steep slabs below. After maybe 75-100' down you will want to head to the left towards a tree on a shelf above the slab. Fix and rappel a line that is about 80-100' in length. Once back on some talus head down and straight left just under the slab for a bit (another 100'?) to where there are cairns leading down again. After only 50' or so you want to continue hiking left. There is a short cliff that you need to get down to reach the next ledge. We tied off a 25-30' piece of rope and left it fixed. Once down this short cliff you need to scramble down another 30' and go left yet again to a large tree above another 40' slab. Fix a 50' piece of rope and lower to the talus below. Start hiking straight left toward the towers about 1/4 mile away. Pass the 1st tower and walk around the base of Soulshine to access a bench and then scramble/climb on top of a boulder where you can belay the 1st pitch. You should be able to see chains (painted desert color) left of the crack at the top of the second pitch. *The descent route is well marked with many small cairns. 

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