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The Scar Rock Climbing 

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RAIN, WET ROCK and RAPTOR CLOSURES: The sandstone around Moab is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Also please ask and be aware of Raptor Closures in areas such as CAT WALL and RESERVOIR WALL in Indian Creek MORE INFO >>>


The Scar is a beautiful cliff overlooking Moab, the Matheson Wetlands and the Colorado River. The routes here are all overhanging sport climbs. The wall catches morning sun and afternoon shade and there is often a slight breeze.

The Scar seems to have a higher percentage of calcite in it's matrix, giving the stone a much more solid character than most Wingate (more similar to Castleton Tower). The routes here are not that long, ranging from 30 to 70 feet in length, but the flat-nature of the holds make the routes pumpy. All in all it’s a distinct change from the other climbing venues around Moab.

Getting There 

As Potash Road enters the Colorado River Canyon at what is commonly called The Portal, the Wingate Sandstone layer angles to road level. This is between 2.5 and 3 miles from the turn off onto Potash from US 191.

Just before the point where the Wingate layer meets the Colorado River, one can see a beige “scar” about 200 feet above the road.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.0 miles from here

11 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in The Scar

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Scar:
Tender to the Touch   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
The Flapper   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   
Eviscerate   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   
The Butterfly   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Zack on "The Butterfly"

The Butterfly 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c  Utah : Moab Area : ... : The Scar
Climb Tender to the Touch and then continue up and right on good holds to a chain anchor....[more]   Browse More Classics in Utah

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Rock Climbing Photo: Looking another way from The Scar.
Looking another way from The Scar.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Scar from Potash Road. Just right of the photo...
The Scar from Potash Road. Just right of the photo...

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By Shane Martin Smith
From: Pagosa Springs, CO
Sep 30, 2015
Just recently went to this area for the first time. Something very cool about this place was that someone had carved all of the route names and grades in to stones and propped them up at the bottom of the routes. This was very helpful since I had no info on this area at the time.

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