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YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a PG13

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 200', Grade II
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a PG13 [details]
FA: Mike Baker
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Submitted By: Bill Duncan on Jun 4, 2011

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the original, still needs a pencil

RAIN, WET ROCK and RAPTOR CLOSURES: The sandstone around Moab is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Also please ask and be aware of Raptor Closures in areas such as CAT WALL and RESERVOIR WALL in Indian Creek MORE INFO >>>


P1: Climb a few face moves to the crack in the right-facing dihedral. A couple of moves up dual cracks (5.8) leads to the dihedral proper, and some nice hand jams (5.9), followed by some liebacking or jamming to a nice rest. Next climb steep offwidth with the help of huecos on the left. The final few moves are jams or liebacking to the top of the pitch (5.8+). Two good bolts for the belay/rap station. A pleasant 100'.

Scramble up to the large ledge.

P2: Climb the obvious and smooth gully. 5.2 PG-13, 100'.

There is a summit register, but the ballpoint pen has all but turned to dust in the 15 years since the FA. Bring a pencil if you think about it and care about such things.

Descent: Downclimb or rappel the gully to the top of pitch 1. A single 200' rope gets you down from there.


South of Moab, there are 2 or 3 approaches, but the simplest that doesn't involve backtracking or fixing lines for 400' is this one:
Turn off of 191 on to the Needles Overlook road. After a number of miles, you come to an intersection, and the Needles Overlook road goes left, and the Anticline Overlook road goes straight (or rightish). Take the Anticline road a very short distance, then turn right on Hatch Point Road (co rd 106), a graded 2WD road. Reset your odometer at this turn on to Hatch Point rd. Drive 2.5 miles and turn left. There is a fork immediately ahead, turn right and cross a cattle guard. Reset your odometer at the cattle guard. A sign with a white arrow says Rd 36. Pass a gas well at 1 mile.
Disclaimer: there is obvious oil and gas drilling activity in this area. Plenty of survey stakes are currently visible (6/2011) so the following roads and/or landmarks may change.
A short hill is descended at mile 1.6 high clearance is handy. At mile 3.4 you will see a faint 2-track road going right. There is a sign that says "Canyon Riders Trail 36". Turn here and you will encounter some high-clearance-only terrain very shortly. At mile 3.8, veer right again on rd 36A (see picture below). You reach the rim at mile 4.7.

Hike NNE for about 1,000 ft/307 m to an overlook of Enchanted Mesa. The approach/descent to the base is to your right, about 2/3 of the way to the end of the peninsula. There may be a couple of cairns marking the descent point.
The route is on the NW end of the formation (the left end as viewed from above).


A little bit of everything, but bring extra #1/#2 Camalots, and a #5 and a #6 Camalot to protect the OW.

Photos of Enchanted Mesa - Silent Destiny Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing p1
Climbing p1
Rock Climbing Photo: The last stretch of road to the rim.
The last stretch of road to the rim.
Rock Climbing Photo: The approach.
The approach.
Rock Climbing Photo: Enchanted Mesa from the rim
Enchanted Mesa from the rim
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up the first pitch.
Looking up the first pitch.
Rock Climbing Photo: The top portion of Enchanted Mesa.  The La Sal mou...
The top portion of Enchanted Mesa. The La Sal mou...

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By Ben Kiessel
Jan 8, 2012

We climbed this yesterday and didn't see a register on top. Maybe we didn't look hard enough.
By paul bucher
From: moab, utah
Sep 9, 2013

the original register is more on the southern end of the tower under a flat rock. we made the stack a bit taller so it's now easier to see and find. big adventure and fun little climb. Taylor took the money pitch and said a #6 would have been nice but he pulled it just fine without one. we put a nice bit of rope around a tree to rap off the top back to pitch one and new webbing and hardware on the bolts on top pitch one. stellar location and awesome views!! not a lot of traffic on this one.

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