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This area holds a high concentration of shorter routes - genuinely excellent in most respects! There are about 3 dozen routes on the shady side of the canyon that can be accessed here.

At least a dozen more routes exist over on the sunny side, but these are a bit more spread out and they have sort of an adventure feel to them - long, often difficult, and with no published information. Bring a 70 M rope if you want to climb on the sunny side, and tie a knot in the end of the rope!

In general, a little bit of supplemental gear is always a good idea on either side of the canyon - small cams are the best.Expect some run out lines.

Getting There 

Horse Creek is accessed via a rope ladder with wooden steps. Park at the bend in the road - the loop road goes almost due north as it approaches Mill Creek and then takes almost a 90 degree bend back to the east (before it gets to the bridge). Park at the bend and look for the trail down. The rope ladder is encountered shortly.

At the base of the ladder you immediately access a highly developed buttress. The first lines encountered are a couple of excellent 12a/b routes on slightly overhanging stone. The left line has a killer all points off dyno to get you going!

Almost all of the cragging is west of this buttress - just follow the trail down canyon and pick your poison.

As an alternate approach, if you are already at the Wicked Crag, there is a trail along the canyon floor all the way to Horse Creek.

Climbing Season

For the Mill Creek area.

Weather station 3.7 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Horse Creek

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Horse Creek:
Reckon So   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 70'   
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Featured Route For Horse Creek

Mickey Mantle 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a  Utah : Moab Area : ... : Horse Creek
Mickey Mantle has two distinct cruxes, separated by moderate climbing. The first comes in the groove about mid-height. The how the route got it's name I'm guessing. The stone is very good, and the body positioning seems to be very key for the hardest sections. On the upper part, there is what I think is one of the best holds in all of Mill Creek. See if you can find it....[more]   Browse More Classics in Utah

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