Prestidigitator (Nikon PL510)
A singular formation in the canyon, Drone Wall contains eleven lines (ten routes and a project) that range from 5.7 to 5.14a. The location is pleasant, among trees and close to a stream, but it is also a local party spot and needs cleaning up now and again.
The rock formation itself is strange and mushroom-shaped and looks like it is composed of the cast-off remnants of a cave. The rock is very pocketed, quite sharp in places, and of quite curious construction. Parts of it look like a contractor dumped a load of concrete, other parts look like cave limestone, still other parts look like a conglomerate of sorts. There is a lot of guano in various spots, and some of the pockets contain soft material that is likely vegetable in origin, but its probably best not to inquire too closely.
The crag is located up the right fork of Hobble Creek Canyon
on Uinta National Forest
land. Follow the road past the golf course and bear right at the fork. Note when the Uinta National Forest sign appears. Park at a large turnout on the right, .5 miles past the sign (its 9.2 miles from the I-15 freeway to the sign). The crag itself isnt visible from the road.
The Google Maps coordinates for the parking turnout are 40.17185,-111.47215
. They differ slightly from what I recorded one day with a handheld GPS receiver; those were 40.17224 N 111.47205 W (using WGS84
Follow a trail that leaves the up canyon side of the turnout and heads down a gentle slope. The trail leads to a stream; cross this on whatever bridge materials are then current (tree trunks, pallets, etc.). On the far side of the stream follow the trail down canyon about seventy-five feet or so until you see a group of three medium-sized boulders on the left. The trail to the crag starts on the right side of these boulders, is well marked, and heads uphill away from the stream. Total approach time is 3 or 4 minutes from the parking.
Weather station 1.6 miles from here
13 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Drone Wall
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Drone Wall:
The Drone 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
The Rattler 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
Dead Finger 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
Rain Delay 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
Snaked 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 45'
Beeleave 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Featured Route For Drone Wall
Prestidigitator 5.13c/d 8b 31 X 31 E8 7a Utah
: Wasatch Range
: ... : Drone Wall
An awesome route climbed by Dave Graham and Joe Kinder. The movement is amazing, super boulder. It starts with solid 5.12 climbing then goes into a 10 to 15 foot v9/10 boulder problem then finishes with probably 5.12 climbing for 5 or 6 moves. The rock is good but sharp. You will probably want tape. Supposedly when the first ascent was done the arête wasn't used and it was 13.d or 14.a but now it seems like the arête is used more commonly and seems to be 13.cish. A great route climbed by some ...[more] Browse More Classics in Utah
Kyram, Cutting loose on the Prestidigitator 13d-is...
BETA PHOTO: Drone Wall, middle right. 7. 5.12c 8. Rain Delay ...
BETA PHOTO: Drone Wall, right side. 10. The Drone 5.8 11. Tre...
BETA PHOTO: Drone Wall, middle. 6. Project 7. 5.12c 8. Rain D...
BETA PHOTO: Drone Wall, middle left. 2. Beeleave 5.12a 3. Pre...
BETA PHOTO: Drone Wall, left side. 1. The Rattler 5.10b 2. Be...
BETA PHOTO: The left side of Drone Wall.
BETA PHOTO: Drone Wall as it appears from the approach trail.
By Stan Pitcher
From: SLC, UT
Oct 9, 2012
Don't park at the "large" pullout/trailhead, park a little further at the modestly-size pullout. Beautiful here in the fall!