Central Battleship Formation Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: The formation as seen from the road.
This is the formation directly across the road from the Dinosaur Trackway parking area. There is an upper and lower part of the formation. The lower part is darker red and mostly has offwidths and chimneys, and the upper section is lighter and has an array of different types of cracks and faces. A lot of the cracks top out through a short chimney because of the softer rock above. Nearly all of the potential routes are west facing and are anywhere from 30 foot tall to 100 foot tall. The rock is inconsistent with some cracks having amazing, bomber protection, while others are a bit softer and less bomber, but it is easy to tell what sections are what from the ground.
Follow Hwy. 191 north out of Vernal for 10.2 miles. As you pass over Big Brush Creek you'll see the Roadside Formation on your right, the next PAVED road take a right. Follow this road for 2.2 miles to the parking area for the Dinosaur Trackways. The formation is directly across the road. For the lower formation follow the bike/hike trail marked JBOY to the north for 10 minutes or so until you end up at the north end of the formation. For the upper section follow JBOY for 15-20 feet then veer right up the loooooong slickrock slab to the base of the formation.
- *The desert is a very fragile environment, to avoid access issues please stay on marked trails, game trails, slick rock, or in washes.
Climbing Season For the All Locations area.
Weather station 11.1 miles from here
6 Total Climbing Routes
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Classic Climbing Routes in Central Battleship Formation
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Central Battleship Formation:
Honeyshine 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
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Honeyshine 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Utah
: Vernal Area
: Central Battleship Formatio...
Right-facing dihedral taking #2-3.5 camalots. Start with wide hands for about 12 ft of easy climbing to a steeper section. Crack narrows to solid handjams through steepest part to a ledge. From the ledge work into a tight chimney placing marginal, thin gear to top. We built a belay using small nuts and cams in the chimney, then squeezed through to the top out.Edit: Two glue-in bolt anchors have been added at the top of this route. There is considerable rope drag when top roping. I w...[more] Browse More Classics in Utah