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Mexican Hat

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Mexican Hat Rock Climbing 


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Location: 37.17362, -109.84891 View Map  Incorrect?
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RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone around Moab is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. MORE INFO >>>

Description 

Mexican Hat is the distinctive piece of caprock balanced on a mesa south of the highway. You'll know it when you see it guaranteed. Royal Robbins nailed a difficult route on the severely overhanging caprock on the first ascent. The infamous Banditos climbing club decided that didn't look fun, and drilled a bolt ladder to the summit. The Bandito route is certainly not hard, but you won't finally many more unique formations anywhere.

Getting There 

Mexican Hat is the obvious mesa just east of the town of Mexican Hat. An unmarked dirt road leads to a small parking area at the base of the mesa. Scramble up to the start of the caprock-if you find the easiest way it is no harder than class 3.

Climbing Season

For the Moab Area area.

Weather station 1.9 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Mexican Hat

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Mexican Hat:
Bandito Route   C1     Aid, 1 pitch, 40'   
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Featured Route For Mexican Hat
Rock Climbing Photo: Leading the Robbins Route on Mexican Hat in 1991? ...

Robbins Route 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b A2 R  UT : Moab Area : ... : Mexican Hat
There are two routes on this "hat". One is a bolt ladder, but the original route is natural without bolts. Scramble up to the base of the hat and aid out the roof. It is a short 30-40 foot pitch. The nailing is quite scary though as you are hanging straight down on knifeblades nailed in thin flakes. Near the lip of the roof the crack is very flaring and continues to be difficult until you reach the lip and are able to free climb the last few feet onto the flat summit. Super fun, short an...[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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Rock Climbing Photo: We found THIS on top of Mexican Hat.   Photo; Todd...
We found THIS on top of Mexican Hat. Photo; Todd...
Rock Climbing Photo: Mexican Hat at night
Mexican Hat at night
Rock Climbing Photo: View from atop Mexican Hat.
View from atop Mexican Hat.
Rock Climbing Photo: One of these days too many humans will get on top ...
One of these days too many humans will get on top ...
Rock Climbing Photo: No need  for a stick clip for this guy!
No need for a stick clip for this guy!
Rock Climbing Photo: On to the Moki Dugway...
On to the Moki Dugway...
Rock Climbing Photo: bennett sending the hat... photo by Claire Rasmuss...
bennett sending the hat... photo by Claire Rasmuss...
Rock Climbing Photo: rattler seen on two seperate days at the 4th class...
rattler seen on two seperate days at the 4th class...
Rock Climbing Photo: Bandito route begins on the left side of the roof....
Bandito route begins on the left side of the roof....
Rock Climbing Photo: Andrea Gordon on the summit of Mexican Hat.  Photo...
Andrea Gordon on the summit of Mexican Hat. Photo...
Rock Climbing Photo: Mexican Hat, Utah.  Photo;  Todd Gordon collection...
Mexican Hat, Utah. Photo; Todd Gordon collection...
Rock Climbing Photo: Mexican Hat
BETA PHOTO: Mexican Hat

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By Kevin Kent
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Nov 2, 2015
Just did this again, someone took the summit register!