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Sister Superior Group Rock Climbing 


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Location: 38.6726, -109.3753 View Map  Incorrect?
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  • Description 

    The Sister Superior group is the bunch of crumbly looking towers farther down the same ridge that holds The Priest, The Rectory, and Castleton Tower. The tallest tower, Sister Superior, is amazingly thin and is the most popular summit of the group.

    While Sister Superior is very close to Castleton, the views from Sister Superior offer much less evidence of man's footprint in the area. The hike is a little longer, and as a result these towers feel a little more wild than one would expect given the location.

    Getting There 

    The approach to Sister Superior is different than the approach to the Castleton Tower group. There is an unmarked dirt road (the Ida Gulch road) about 9/10ths of a mile past the Castle Valley turnoff (driving from Moab). Take this as far as you can up the wash. There are just a couple stopper points, otherwise the driving is pretty casual. Most people seem to stop at one point where a couple large rocks block the way, but more skilled drivers and/or specialized vehicles will be able to squeeze past this point.

    Wherever you stop, the trail to the towers leaves the wash at a few obvious cairns. It heads up to an obvious low saddle, then along another relatively level section before heading steeply uphill. If you think the hike to Castleton is difficult, stay away from Sister Superior. The trail will deposit you below the start of the route Jah Man. Queue up.

    Climbing Season



    Weather station 2.0 miles from here

    7 Total Climbing Routes

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    Classic Climbing Routes in Sister Superior Group

    Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Sister Superior Group:
    Jah Man   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 5 pitches   
    Black Sabbath   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 4 pitches   
    Browse More Rock Climbing Classics in Sister Superior Group

    Featured Route For Sister Superior Group
    Rock Climbing Photo: Sister Superior showing Jah Man

    Jah Man 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  UT : Moab Area : ... : Sister Superior Group
    The tower does not look like much from afar, but this route is steep, veeery steep and excellent, mostly thin hands at the cruxes. The top is very skinny and exposed. When you reach the base the route is obvious. Look for the squeeze chimney. Getting to it requires a first pitch of some difficult to protect 5.8-5.9 moves from the left. The hardest part of the second pitch is getting into the chimney, the rest is quite secure. The anchor is fixed.The third pitch heads straight up on 5.10, t...[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

    Photos of Sister Superior Group Slideshow Add Photo
    Rock Climbing Photo: at the base of Jah Man
    at the base of Jah Man
    Rock Climbing Photo: Sister Superior showing Jah Man
    BETA PHOTO: Sister Superior showing Jah Man
    Rock Climbing Photo: Sister Superior, as seen from Castelton Trail
    Sister Superior, as seen from Castelton Trail
    Rock Climbing Photo: Larry H raps after a splitter day of sending!
    Larry H raps after a splitter day of sending!
    Rock Climbing Photo: Sister Superior group from near Baby Sister
    Sister Superior group from near Baby Sister
    Rock Climbing Photo: Sister Superior seen from the foot of the Priest
    BETA PHOTO: Sister Superior seen from the foot of the Priest
    Rock Climbing Photo:
    BETA PHOTO
    Rock Climbing Photo: View from the river
    View from the river
    Rock Climbing Photo:
    BETA PHOTO
    Rock Climbing Photo: Sister Superior from the trail head
    Sister Superior from the trail head
    Rock Climbing Photo: Standing on top, looking over towards Castleton.
    Standing on top, looking over towards Castleton.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Almost to the top of P1 of bolted arete, just righ...
    Almost to the top of P1 of bolted arete, just righ...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Sister Superior Group Shining
    Sister Superior Group Shining
    Rock Climbing Photo: A view from the Sister Group Base puts the approac...
    A view from the Sister Group Base puts the approac...
    Rock Climbing Photo: The Sisters Group as seen from the final bit of th...
    The Sisters Group as seen from the final bit of th...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Joseffa Meir and Tony Bubb on the dramatic summit ...
    Joseffa Meir and Tony Bubb on the dramatic summit ...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Eriogonum and the mesa across the wash
    Eriogonum and the mesa across the wash
    Rock Climbing Photo: Sister Superior group at sunset
    Sister Superior group at sunset
    Rock Climbing Photo: Jah !
    Jah !

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    Comments displayed oldest to newestSkip Ahead to the Most Recent Dated Mar 12, 2015
    By bwillem
    From: the wasatch
    Nov 23, 2006
    As of yesterday, the drive in (up the wash) is pretty rugged. I think only a tricked out jeep could make it. Recent rains may have contibuted to this.

    From the pullout, it takes about 2 hours to hike car to base of climb.
    By LeeAB
    Administrator
    From: ABQ, NM
    Sep 23, 2008
    I seem to remember seeing a bolt line going up the arete right of Jah Man back in about 1998 or 1999. Does anyone know anything about this?
    By Tombo
    From: Boulder
    Oct 30, 2008
    Last weekend we were able to drive a Subaru 1.6 miles up the wash. There's a pullout on the right at that point. It didn't seem to bad to me just a couple of tricky spots due to low clearance, of course it wasn't my car either.
    By Casey Bernal
    From: Arvada, CO
    Oct 6, 2009
    Last weekend the road was in pretty bad shape, probably from the heavy rain storms of the last couple years. Last time I was here it wasn't too bad and now it is a quite challenging drive.

    I was able to drive most of the way up the ~2 1/4 miles to the start of the approach trail in a semi-stock Tacoma. There is a cruxy choke in the wash at about 1.8 miles in and there is a sketchy bypass around it. Probably better off with hiking in at that point.

    The talus slope trail was in good condition.
    By tom bohanon
    Oct 15, 2009
    Can anyone tell me if there are any decent car camping spots along the road to Sister Superior, or are people camping at the main spot for Castleton?

    Thanks,

    Tom Bohanon
    By Casey Bernal
    From: Arvada, CO
    Oct 17, 2009
    Tom -
    There is a "NO CAMPING" sign at the entrance to the drainage. I don't know if it applies only to that particular area or if it applies to the whole drainage. There is a flat bench with a fire ring on it, which is ~1.5 miles in.

    Also, I would certainly not camp there (or probably even drive in) if there was a forecast for rain storms. I imagine it could take several days to get back out if there were a downpour.
    By slim
    Administrator
    Oct 19, 2009
    actually casey, i could imagine a really good downpour washing you out to the highway in about an hour in this drainage!
    By Leo Paik
    Administrator
    From: Westminster, Colorado
    May 7, 2011
    As of 5/4/11, the approach road was closed due to being washed out...according to a gent who climbed plan B, Black Sun.
    By Jared Spaulding
    From: Central WY
    Mar 24, 2014
    I drove up the approach road today (March 24, 2014) and was able to take a stock pickup truck to within a 15 minute walk of where the trail leaves the wash. At this point the was was blocked with a, what was for me, an impassable boulder. Wasn't too bad, just had to drive slow, but it was still quicker than walking.
    By Moritz B.
    May 5, 2014
    Is there a new, bolted sport line on Sister Superior?

    After rappelling over Jah Man on May 3, we saw a bolted line to the right of it. The line ascends the arete of the formation and looked very new. We could tell there was a first pitch to it, also bolted, and a second pitch. We didn´t look for a third pitch. Anyways, we tried to climb the second pitch and simply couldn´t get up it. It was really hard for us. The first moves are totally doable but once you get over the arete, there is a couple of moves that we couldn´t execute. I´m trying to find some info on this line. Does anybody know? Is it still a project?
    It must be hard to find partners for your project with that kind of an approach ;-)
    By ejesse
    From: Colorado Springs
    Mar 6, 2015
    Mortiz, did you ever find any info about the bolted route on the arete?
    By JimmyK
    From: Flagstaff, AZ
    Mar 12, 2015
    The first pitch that Mortiz is referencing on the arete just to the climber's right of Jah Man is very good and very challenging. I started in a crisp finger crack to the right of the arete. Climb left to the arete, then up the bolted arete. I had to aid the 13ish move low on the arete.