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The Witches Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 7,000'
Location: 40.9955, -111.4564 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: James Garrett on Jul 13, 2011
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On top of the third bolted tower at the Witches. I...

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It is secluded and quite exposed to the sun, but it is also prone to cool breezes and some tower routes are north facing. Obvious distractions as with the more popular known climbs in Echo Canyon are noisy railroad, freeway sounds, and of course, the incessant shooting....and in most cases, this is A classic example of a place with weapons in the wrong hands.

The rock is conglomerate and will clean up with more traffic as more people become attracted to this unique climbing area of short free standing towers.

Getting There 

From I-84/I-80 take exit 169 for the little town of Echo as for all the other Echo Canyon climbs. Turn LEFT toward Echo and drive 2.1 miles north through Echo toward Henefer. The Witches are even marked courtesy of the town of Echo and are quite obvious on the east side of the road. A convenient turn out and parking spot is found just 100m north of the Witches sign.

Please close the gate behind you when you access this area. If not, the horses will run loose out onto the tracks or road.

Climbing Season

For the Echo Canyon area.

Weather station 2.3 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

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

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Rock Climbing Photo: Night Ascent of the Wicked Witch.  Photo: McKenzie...

Wicked Witch 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a  Utah : Echo Canyon : The Witches
This tower gets stars due to position, views, and the old saying that one tower is better than four walls. Wicked Witch is the naughty girl standing in the middle of the group. Pitch #1: After the short approach and having closed the gate behind you, walk around the tower until you see the line on the north side. Climb up past about 9 bolts to a cruxy bulge at her neck until you are able to stand on top of the Wicked Witches head. 5.9+, 13m.Expect chossy loose conglomerate at least until t...[more]   Browse More Classics in Utah

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Rock Climbing Photo: The Witches from the road, 5 minute approach time
The Witches from the road, 5 minute approach time
Rock Climbing Photo: Drive towards The Witches passing Echo town rather...
Drive towards The Witches passing Echo town rather...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Witches viewed from the broomstick.
The Witches viewed from the broomstick.

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By Tristan Higbee
From: Ogden, UT
Jan 5, 2012
I visited this place a couple months ago and thought it was really neat. In addition to the two towers mentioned here on MP, there's a third bolted tower near the Skinny Witch. It had one protection bolt at a bulge and a bomber two-bolt anchor on top. Seemed to be about 5.6ish. Short but still fun.
By James Garrett
May 31, 2012
Kris Pietryga and I also climbed this after spotting the single bolt. After arriving on top, we found no anchors. We placed the two-bolt anchor to rappel down. Other history unknown.

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