Cottonwood Wash Rock Climbing
The mouth of Cottonwood Wash from up the canyon.
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Cottonwood Wash is a secluded area just north of Bluff. The area's cliffs face mostly east and west. There are many routes and potential for more. I would suggest glue with pins or half inch bolts for new routes as the stone is fairly soft. The cleanest lines have a red varnish, expect some sandy lines though. There is a trail/road through the wash but getting to some climbs require crossing shallow water. There are also sticker bushes abound, pants recomended.
Heading west through Bluff on US 163/191 turn right between mile marker 24 and 25 just past a bridge. The right turn is at some rodeo grounds, San Juan County 273 (3rd St. West), and is poorly marked/easy to miss. Drive up this residential road till you reach a locked gate. Park and enter through the gate. Access is permitted although the gate is locked.
Climbing Season For the Moab Area area.
Weather station 0.9 miles from here
12 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Cottonwood Wash
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Cottonwood Wash:
Featured Route For Cottonwood Wash
Mormon Teabag 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Utah
: Moab Area
: ... : Sandwalker Buttress
This clean, right-facing dihedral offers classic climbing. It would have a line if it were on Supercrack Buttress!Hands/cups comprise the bulk of the corner, with some fists in a short offset in the middle, and a short stretch of tight hands leading to the brief off-width (arm-bar/heel-toe) finale to a sloping ledge. This has the best rock of any climb I've done in the Bluff area...it's not quite Wingate, but pretty damn close!...[more] Browse More Classics in Utah