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Dylan Wall

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All Along the Watchtower T 
Blood on the Tracks T 
Blowin' in the Wind T 
Bob Can't Climb T 
Changing of the Guard S 
Idiot Wind T 
Isis T 
Knocking on Heaven's Door T 
Mighty Quinn, The T 
Million Dollar Bash T 
One More Cup of Coffee T 
Planet Waves T 
Shelter From The Storm T 
Subterranean Homesick Blues  T 
Tweeter and Monkey Man T 
Watching the River Flow T 

Dylan Wall Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 5,778'
Location: 39.08166, -110.64081 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Andrew Gram, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Brian Milhaupt on Dec 16, 2002


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The Dylan Wall is the most developed cliff in the San Rafael. It is south-facing and receives sun all day. The routes are mostly in the 5.10 and .11 range, one pitch, and high quality. The hike (for me), was about 45 minutes and extremely enjoyable. The trail is easy to follow, and takes a devious line right of the wall, to break the cliffs in a weak spot out of sight of the parking area.

Getting There 

Just north of the bridge is a road that parallels the river called "Mexican Mountain Road". Turn right onto this a follow it 1.8 miles to the top of a hill after the road leaves the river. Turn left on a track and park at it's end (Once at the plateau below the Dylan Wall look down on the absurdity of your parking lot). Follow the trail down the hill and past some campsites. Eventually climbing up to the chinle and to a notch with a fixed rope on a bolt. Now the right side of the wall should be in front of you.

Climbing Season

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16 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Dylan Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Dylan Wall:
Subterranean Homesick Blues    5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 110'   
Blowin' in the Wind   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   
Knocking on Heaven's Door   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 75'   
Bob Can't Climb   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 160'   
Million Dollar Bash   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   
Tweeter and Monkey Man   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   
One More Cup of Coffee   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 165'   
All Along the Watchtower   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 115'   
Planet Waves   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Idiot Wind   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Watching the River Flow   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   
Blood on the Tracks   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Isis   5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 116'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Kody Watts on Blowin' in the Wind

Blowin' in the Wind 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  Utah : San Rafael Swell : ... : Dylan Wall
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Rock Climbing Photo: Dylan Wall from the parking lot
BETA PHOTO: Dylan Wall from the parking lot
Rock Climbing Photo: View from the Dylan Wall.
View from the Dylan Wall.
Rock Climbing Photo: Great scenery from the Dylan Wall!
Great scenery from the Dylan Wall!

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By Frank Stock
Feb 3, 2003
Fixed rope? You have to be kidding. I have managed get up there with a black lab and a husky on several occasions. I'd be surprised if a bolt and fixed rope stayed around to long up there. I would suspect that if you are uncomfortable scrambling up the notch, that you aren't going to get much climbing done at Dylan wall.
By Anonymous Coward
Feb 26, 2003
The fixed rope is still there.
By Brian Milhaupt
From: Golden, CO
Feb 26, 2003
That's funny, we took a couple dogs up there too. Not sure where the fixed line came from. It's a better landmark than a tool.
By Anonymous Coward
Mar 31, 2003
Is the dog approach farther to the north up the wash? Where the rope/bolts are ain't doggie country....
By Brian Milhaupt
From: Golden, CO
Apr 8, 2003
There is some easier ledgy scrambling to the right of the fixed rope. I got my dogs up there by going 30 yards or so to the left.
By Anonymous Coward
May 9, 2003
re the fixed rope and dogs. Actually, our dog sent the line that works up from the left along some small ledge systems and then, pretty much beneath the rope anchors, he went back into a small chimney system and worked up throught to the sandstone deck above. He almost got all of this clean the first day, and easily sent it first try second day. On the first day he tried a direct line to the chimney avoiding the ledge systems which he later used to access the exit chimney, but this was initimidating, sustained face climbing with no rest stances.

Baxter is small, black and a long veteran of manky sandstone. He's hesitant to attach a grade, but he says it wasn't too bad and he's looking forward to hearing of further activity in the area.
By maynard g. krebs
Oct 23, 2003
go to indian creek the rock is better and the dylan wall is a pile, but if you do go bring beer for the guy who did all the work and drilled all the anchors
By jimurl
From: Livingston, MT
May 28, 2010
We went to Dylan Wall last week and had a blast! I would not say it's a pile. Maybe it's been traffic-cleaned in the 7 years since the last post.

The approach- here is a link to a GPX file of the approach we used. It involved a little bit of scrambling through, I guess, the Chinle formation (?). There is an easier way past this off to the right (east). GPX files can be imported into Google Earth, or sent to your GPS if you want on-the-ground navigation.

Dylan Wall Approach
By BobGray
From: Salt Lake City, Utah
Jan 20, 2012
Dylan Wall is awesome! If you like crowds go to Indian Creek, if you like great solitary climbing and great views go to the Dylan Wall. Awesome Routes, but you better bring your A game.
By Crag Turkey
From: Holladay, UT
Apr 21, 2017
Wall is crap, definitely go to Indian creek instead. Well maybe drop your climbing gear and beer off here, but really, just go to the creek. There are more crowds here than the creek, and its mostly DABC loving Utah folk.

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