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Escalante Arm Rock Climbing 

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The Escalante River is a major tributary of the Colorado River and is the second largest river arm at Lake Powell. This arm features more than 10 side canyons over the 10+ miles it covers from the main channel. While the Escalante's lowest reaches and canyons have been flooded by Lake Powell, much of this river system remains intact. Regardless if it's high or low water, this is one amazing canyon to float, explore and climb in as the potential is unlimited.

Getting There 

The Escalante River Arm is at Mile 68 and across the main channel from the "Dump/Pump Station". From Bullfrog Marina area travel downlake approximately 30 miles to the “Escalante Arm” expect to drive around 4 hours in a houseboat to reach the canyon on the right. From Wahweap Bay area, travel uplake about 70 miles to the “Escalante Arm” to reach the canyon on the left. From the opening to escalante there are numerous side canyons you are able to access: Indian Creek, Clear Creek, Fiftymile Creek, Dow, Willow Creek, Bishops, Explorer, Fence, Cow and Stevens Canyons; Davis and Coyote Gulch.


The Escalante river was first mapped and named by Almon Thompson, a member of the 1872 Colorado River expedition led by John Wesley Powell. It was named after Silvestre Vélez de Escalante, a Franciscan missionary and the first known European explorer of the region and leader of the 1776 Dominguez-Escalante Expedition.

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15 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Escalante Arm

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Escalante Arm:
Hueco Wall   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   Main Escalante Channel
Fist My Anus   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Davis Gulch
Fists in the Glory Pod   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 35'   50 Mile Creek
Finger Crack   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 30'   50 Mile Creek
Island Rock Center Splitter Project    5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   Main Escalante Channel
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Featured Route For Escalante Arm
Rock Climbing Photo: Nadiak nearing the top of some deep fists

Fists in the Glory Pod 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  Utah : Lake Powell : ... : 50 Mile Creek
Start with wide hands and move up to a big pod with use of some face holds. The business starts when you pull out of the pod on fist jams follow the slightly overhanging crack as the jams get wider to big fists. And actually pretty good rock for being previously submerged!...[more]   Browse More Classics in Utah

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