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The Overlook Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 11,000'
Location: 37.7154, -112.7747 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Andrew Gram, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: EricD on Aug 30, 2006
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This is a great place to beat the Southern Utah heat. At such an elevation, the temps rarely get above 80, and long sleeves and pants are welcome, even in July and August. The rock is welded tuff and offers climbs from 30' to 70'. Climbs range from 5.8 to 5.13, many of which can be top-roped allowing for some great opportunities to climb above your level. The rock is textured and can be quite sharp, especially in the many finger pockets littered on the routes. Lots of fun climbing exists here and is made all the better by the weather.

Getting There 

From Cedar City, take Highway 14 East to Highway 148 (this is also the turn for Cedar Breaks National Monument). Drive through Cedar Breaks (no fee required if you're just driving through) and make a right (east) on Highway 143. Take Hwy. 143 for 4.7 miles to the Sydney Valley Rd (Forest Road 048). Make a Left (this road is easy to miss...there is a sign that reads "048"). Follow this dirt road for about 4.5 miles and there will be a small turnaround area on the left. This is the parking area. This is also a parking area for a nearby mountain bike trail.

Looking North, routes are to the West and East. The closest one (Willie the Pimp) is about a 3 minute walk to the East.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.8 miles from here

21 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',14],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Overlook

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Overlook:
Dr. Diaper   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 30'   The Starting Block
As the Song and Dance Begins   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, Alpine, 1 pitch, 30'   The Starting Block
Willie the Pimp   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, Alpine, 1 pitch, 50'   The Starting Block
Angering the Cheese Gods   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, Alpine, 1 pitch, 35'   The Starting Block
It's No Secret   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, Alpine, 35'   The Zoo
Howard Hughes   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, Alpine, 1 pitch, 40'   The Starting Block
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Featured Route For The Overlook
Rock Climbing Photo: It's No Secret 5.11b, on the left

It's No Secret 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  Utah : Cedar City : ... : The Zoo
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By Perin Blanchard
From: Orem, UT
Nov 21, 2007
Broadway Melody of 1974, Genesis
By Roy Suggett
Nov 9, 2014
I you want to mix up your day here there is a fun thing to do provided you have a designated shuttle driver. Have this good human drop you a the Brian Head summit with your Mt. Bikes and then meet you with gear at the Overlook. The trail is pretty good and runs right to the crag in less than an hour. Climb most of the day, then, if still game, ride one of the Bunker Creek trails down to Panguitch Lake and meet at one of the burger joints. Another shuttle driver needed.
By a.l.
Jul 17, 2016
For the alternative approach, this great little area is an easy 30 minute mountain bike ride on nice single track from the Sidney peak trail head off of the Brian Head Peak road.
This is a beautiful area with great rock and great view.
By Will Beuttell
From: Cedar City, UT
Jun 4, 2017
The road to the Overlook is open now (6/4/2017).
Some of the cliffs still have some snow at the base but another week or two and everything should be fine.

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