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The Soul Asylum Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 5,000'
Location: 37.07353, -113.81905 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Ben Schmitt on Nov 28, 2008

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The Soul Asylum is a beautiful family crag with well done bolt jobs, A.M. sunshine, grades from 5.7-5.13b, and moderate 10-30 minute hike depending on where you park. The limestone here is of the same quailty as other St. George crags, having finger friendly water sculpted grey rock, with the occasional band of yellow looser rock that yields those much needed slots and pockets in the middle of an overhanging crux. If the access is allowed(please check with the local climbing shops), this is a great place for a family to enjoy...

Todd Goss's "Rock Climbes of Southwest Utah and the Arizona Strip" is an excellent guide to purchase for this and other St. George crags.

I also want to thank Lee Logsten, Jeff Baldwin, Lange Jefferies, Tim Roberts, Nancy McCullough, Todd Goss, and Darl Biniaz for their dedication to making this area the incredible place that it is!

Getting There 

From Downtown St. George, head north on Bluff Street to the Sunset Blvd Intersection and turn left. Follow this road for 19.2 miles from the intersection (making sure to stay left at the Gunlock Reservior sighn fork in the road) and turn left through a cattle guard that is a bit tricky to see. You will know youve hit it if it goes downhill and is on a righthand bend of the road. Follow this dirt road all the way down and around left to the top of a hill with and old foundation of a house. from here go left (between the snake pit crag and the gorilla cliff crag) and follow it up to park on the right at a small area known as the simian complex. from here walk uphill on the road until you get to a white "No Tresspassing Gate" and follow the road past the gate into the wash. The Soul Asylum is the crag up the first major gully/canyon on your left, past a gated fenced off mine that says "no tresspassing".

Climbing Season

Weather station 12.5 miles from here

34 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',18],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Soul Asylum

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Soul Asylum:
Towering Inferno   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   The Arch Wall
Elitist's Demise   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   The Arch Wall
Backdraft   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Ren and Stimpy Wall
Spirit World   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   The Watchtower
After Life   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 60'   The Watchtower
Red Cloud   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 160'   The Watchtower
Orion   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   The Watchtower
Petrified   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   The Watchtower
Arch Rival   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 103'   The Arch Wall
Slow Roasted   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 100'   The Arch Wall
Arch Enemy   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 103'   The Arch Wall
Nine Lives   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   The Arch Wall
Doppelganger   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   The Arch Wall
White Soul Power   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   The Arch Wall
Soul Train   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 85'   The Arch Wall
One Taste   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   The Arch Wall
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Featured Route For The Soul Asylum
Rock Climbing Photo: Jeff Baldwin on Slow Roasted

Slow Roasted 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  Utah : Saint George : ... : The Arch Wall
A long route immediately left of Arch Rival. Slabby start to a gently overhanging crux between the 6th and 7th bolts, finishing on chains that are slightly too left for the route (doesn't matter, still a great line). ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Utah

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By tenesmus
Nov 30, 2008
yeah, it is pretty sharp and I hear you about the falling. With the easy routes on the left, the harder stuff in the middle and the moderate stuff on the right make it a nice place for a mixed ability group. It can be quite windy here but if its sunny and calm the crag heats up nicely.
By tenesmus
Mar 8, 2011
Are you talking about the gate where the Mining Company has it signed, or the cattle guard at the highway? And the water tanks way down low? There have been several big storms down there this winter and I wonder if one of those washed things out.
By Jeremy Steck
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Nov 21, 2011
Due to a massive flood in the Spring of 2011, the approach road was severely washed out. It has been regraded (11/11). You can now drive all the way to the foundation just below the Gorilla Cliffs with a 2WD car. The descriptions in the Goss guide are all still valid, however you must walk the leg past the Gorilla, Snakepit, and Simian Complex. A high clearance 4WD may still be able to make it to the Simian Complex, but the road is pretty washed out.
By Natalie Rose
Mar 11, 2012
Has anyone been out to the Utah Hills this spring? Was wondering if the recently regraded (11/2011) road will make it to the camping out there (is the camping close to gorilla cliffs)? Have never been climbing here and was hoping to camp out there as well but drive 2WD. Appreciate any info! Thanks
By Nathan Marsh
From: st. george utah
Mar 12, 2012
I was out there today. You can take a car on the road that goes by gorilla cliffs, but it is risky, i had my truck and didn't risk it, its probably a 4wd only road and even thats pushing it..Also, Alot of the trails(up to soul asylum) are washed out. its not too bad of a walk though and there is a good parking spot that's not a too far from gorilla cliffs that can be easily accessed with a 2wd. I didn't stop to see the camping spot(which is close to snake pits and gorilla cliffs), but the turn out for the road is still there. Just don't expect to drive right to it, be ready to hike in with your camping stuff , probably .2 miles.
By Natalie Rose
Mar 12, 2012
Thanks for the info Nathan!
By scottso
From: St. George, Utah
Mar 17, 2012
I drove my F250 truck to the no trespassing mining gate a few days ago no problem. I bet you could get a 2wd high clearance vehicle there as well.
By LccClimber
Apr 28, 2017
Liked the area a lot but some of the grades seemed a bit inconsistent. Climbed one great 5.9 for a pitch, lowered and got on a 5.9 a few climbs away and was totally shut down at the 1st bolt. Was this way on a few of the climbs so starting up something you really didn't know what to expect. Cruxes all seemed to be first few bolts. Kudos to the developers. You want remote, head here.

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