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Small towers next to Echo and Aeolian 
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Tusher Canyon Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Brian Shelton on Feb 27, 2002

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Aeolian Tower and Echo Pinnacle.

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 >>>


Tusher canyon is a traditional climbing area, and offers a ton of untouched rock. There are a couple of summits in the canyon, and plenty of solid cracks. The climbing in Tusher is in the early stages (there are very few fixed pieces). This makes for well thought out and exciting descents. Of the routes we have put up in the area we have still yet to use anything fixed. Some classics are Waldens Room on the House of Putterman, Hypercrack on Merrimac Butte, and Echo Pinnacle. The rock is mostly friendly on the hands but you will find the sandpaper now and then. The camping is free but please leave no trace, this is a great area and I would hate to see it restricted.

Getting There 

Take the highway north out of Moab for about thirteen miles, at mile marker 14 or thereabouts Mill Creek road will be on your left. Cross the tracks and continue down the dirt road. At the first Y take a right and keep going to another Y. Follow the sign to the Merrimac jeep trail. The road will keep going west and dump you into the wash. Drive the wash until you have to stop after a half mile. A 4WD with good clearance can get into Tusher, but low clearance vehicles shouldn't even try. If walking, after two miles you will see an open canyon on the right (House Of Putterman area - it is a fat tower with a goose neck shape on top), and if you keep going another mile and a half and you will hit the Echo Pinnacle area. Merrimac and Monitor Buttes are another half mile past that. E-mail me and I can send a better description of the directions.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.0 miles from here

35 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',13],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Tusher Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Tusher Canyon:
Monitor Butte, The Plunge   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b A2     Trad, Aid, 3 pitches, 175'   Monitor and Merrimac Buttes
Without A Net   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c X     Trad   Monitor and Merrimac Buttes
Suzi Has No Choice   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad   Neighbor Of Putterman
Hot For Teacher   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 200'   The Academy
Etesian Hookup   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a A2 PG13     Trad, Aid, 3 pitches, 250'   Aeolian Tower
After the Rain   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 180'   Neighbor Of Putterman
Walden's Room   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 240'   House Of Putterman
Free Window Route   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 2 pitches, 270'   Echo Pinnacle
Easton's Corner   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   House Of Putterman
Merrimac Butte, The Albatross   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Monitor and Merrimac Buttes
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Featured Route For Tusher Canyon
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Easton's Corner 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c  Utah : Moab Area : ... : House Of Putterman
This fun pitch starts about 30 ft right of Walden's room in beautiful L facing corner. Long reach get's you to first pocket in dihedral. Lieback up dihedral until you can reach the jams. Enter squeeze chimney (fun grunting) and ascend until it is possible to exit right under roof. A few more lieback moves takes you to good anchor visible from ground....[more]   Browse More Classics in Utah

Photos of Tusher Canyon Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Matt walking to Echo Pinnacle.
Matt walking to Echo Pinnacle.
Rock Climbing Photo: The La Sal mountains, from Tusher Canyon.
The La Sal mountains, from Tusher Canyon.
Rock Climbing Photo: House of Putterman and Neighbor of Putterman, Tush...
House of Putterman and Neighbor of Putterman, Tush...
Rock Climbing Photo: Early evening, Tusher Canyon.
Early evening, Tusher Canyon.
Rock Climbing Photo: This was taken approaching the top of the southeas...
BETA PHOTO: This was taken approaching the top of the southeas...

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By Ben Mottinger
Founding Father
Jun 7, 2002
There's some good mtn. biking in this canyon too (if it's the one I'm thinking of). Lot's of freeform slick rock when you get up out of the wash. Why not bike in w/ your gear?
By Olaf Mitchell
From: Paia, Maui, Hi,
Nov 23, 2008
There is a natural half pipe at the end of the right hand wall.It
is one amazing feature! Not to be missed!
By chalkfingers
From: park city, utah
Apr 19, 2009
I got all the way driving a small totoya paseo... you don't need a big car... just a good driver and patience.
By Wally
From: Denver
Apr 10, 2012
Driving beta is mostly good here. Mile marker signs are now numbered differently, turnoff is between mile marker 141 and 142. We had a 4-runner - was glad we had the four wheel drive. Not sure if I would want to try to get in here with a subaru (or a Paseo . . .).

Great climbing weekend destination.

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