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Gold Bar Tower 
Golden Nugget Spire (aka Hang Nail) 
Zen Garden aka Ninja Training Cave 

Culvert Canyon Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Ben Kiessel on Jan 15, 2008
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Golden Nugget with Gold Bar in the background.

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This canyon is access to two towers that I know of. Gold Bar and a unnamed tower that we are going to call Golden Nugget until I'm corrected.

Getting There 

Drive down the Potash Road towards Jug Handle Arch. A short distance past the Corona Arch Trailhead (1/4 mile?) is a large culvert on the right side of the road. Park there and hike up to the railroad tracks, or take the road just before the culvert pull out and drive up to the railroad tracks. Either way once on the railroad tracks walk on the tracks to the left side (with your back to the road) of the canyon. There is a old road/ramp that leads you to a trail and over a fence. Walk the rim of the canyon on a faint trail.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.8 miles from here

6 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Culvert Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Culvert Canyon:
South Face   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b C1     Aid, 1 pitch, 120'   Gold Bar Tower
Chimney Route   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Golden Nugget Spire (aka Ha...
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The Shaolin Finger Jab V8 7B PG13  Utah : Moab Area : ... : Zen Garden aka Ninja Traini...
Although not as eye popping as Zen Garden, Shaolin Finger Jab climbs just as well as its neighbor. Zach Smith, who developed the area, found a gem with this line.If you're looking into the cave this line starts matched on a crimp rail about 15' right of Zen Garden. Easier yet, look for the obvious three finger pocket and follow it back to its obvious starting point. Climb perfect horizontal edges to a long move to the pocket, and don't let the feet cut as you go for a jug (crux). Follow jug...[more]   Browse More Classics in Utah

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By Ben Kiessel
Jan 15, 2008
If anyone knows the real name of the Golden Nugget Spire or the routes on it please tell me and I will change it. Same goes for the South Face route on Gold Bar Tower.

By John J. Glime
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Jan 15, 2008
Sounds like a fun two tower day, thanks for posting them up Ben!
By Ben Kiessel
Jan 17, 2008
John, both of these towers are super fun and should get more action then they do.

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