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Onion Creek Rock Climbing 

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RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone around Moab is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. MORE INFO >>>


Onion Creek is a small complicated area of Cutler sandstone towers and walls. Most of the activity here is on the Hindu, the Mongoose, and Sari - a cluster of three towers right next to Onion Creek Road. There are also many walls and towers along the slot canyon leading to the mystery towers which sport some fixed anchors and have a great deal of new route potential. As with all areas on Cutler, be wary of loose rock, bad anchors, and scary free climbing.

Getting There 

The Onion Creek Road is in between the turnoff to Castle Valley and the Fisher Towers on River Road(SH 128). The turnoff is about 22 miles northeast of Moab. There is great free camping along Onion Creek Road on designated BLM sites. The Hindu, Mongoose, and Sari will be obvious on the right side of the road after many creek crossings, and the slot canyon leading to the Mystery Towers is not far past this point. The road is rough but passable for passenger cars most of the time-if the road is wet or icy 4WD is a good idea.

Climbing Season

Weather station 7.2 miles from here

19 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Onion Creek

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Onion Creek:
Maverick   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2     Trad, Aid, 4 pitches, 250'   The Hindu
Something Wicked This Way Comes   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a A2+     Aid, 6 pitches, 650'   Mystery Towers & Top of the... : Gothic Nightmare
Cooler than Jesus   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   Mystery Towers & Top of the... : Top of the World Overlook
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Featured Route For Onion Creek
Rock Climbing Photo: Topo of Wait of the World

The Wait of the World 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c A3  Utah : Moab Area : ... : The Atlas
Start near the right (east) end of the expansive south face, on a rib just left of a large, deep hollow. Look for two bolts to start.1. From the bolts head up and left to a nice crack on the arete. Work up this. Ease past a closet-size, barely-attached block with care. Thinner nailing ends at a 3-bolt belay (A3, 80').2. Thin seams lead up and right to a bold ladder with occasional hooking. End at a nice ledge (A3, 80').3. Climb a flake system at the left end of the ledge, past one bolt, to a sha...[more]   Browse More Classics in Utah

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