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Submitted By: Joe Auer on Sep 25, 2004
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  • Description 

    This cool looking tower is visible from some points of the road while approaching the Devil's Garden trailhead. This was one of the first towers climbed in Arches, by the 60's hardguys Rearick and Kamps.

    Getting There 

    Easy, flat 2 mile approach past many cool arches. From the Devil's Garden trailhead parking lot, follow the signs to Double O arch. At this point, you'll see a sign for the Dark Angel which will be visible from here.

    Climbing Season

    Weather station 1.1 miles from here

    1 Total Climbing Routes

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

    Classic Climbing Routes in Dark Angel

    Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Dark Angel:
    West Face   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   
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    Featured Route For Dark Angel
    Rock Climbing Photo: Dark Angel.  Photo by Jim B.

    West Face 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c  Utah : Moab Area : ... : Dark Angel
    P1: Start on either side of a sandy flake. The FA climbed the left side of the flake at 5.7 and Harvey Carter climbed the right side on the second ascent at 5.8. We did the left side and found it quite hard for 5.7 and very loose and sandy. After scrambling up more choss to the top of the flake, climb a 5.9 fingercrack and make an awkward move left past an old hangerless bolt to the belay.P2: Climb up left from the belay and do a fun, exposed move over a flake to a bolt ladder. This pitch can be...[more]   Browse More Classics in Utah

    Photos of Dark Angel Slideshow Add Photo
    Rock Climbing Photo: After shivering up the west face early in the morn...
    After shivering up the west face early in the morn...
    Rock Climbing Photo: This is my "5.7????" face on P2. Photo b...
    This is my "5.7????" face on P2. Photo b...
    Rock Climbing Photo: At the base
    At the base
    Rock Climbing Photo: to fun
    to fun
    Rock Climbing Photo: "please (shitty) anchor, don't fail...
    "please (shitty) anchor, don't fail...
    Rock Climbing Photo: A petroglyph of a moose near Dark Angel.
    A petroglyph of a moose near Dark Angel.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Apparently, it's possible to get your ropes stuck ...
    Apparently, it's possible to get your ropes stuck ...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Dark Angel view on the approach.
    BETA PHOTO: Dark Angel view on the approach.

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    By Bill Duncan
    From: Jamestown, CO
    Jul 10, 2009
    Cool find if you're into petroglyphs: head pretty much due south/southeast of the tower and you will soon come to a short cliff. Find a way down and explore east and west until you find them. See the photo of the moose posted above. Please heed the signs about traveling lightly and with care. The location of these are not publicized by the Park.

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