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Washer Woman Rock Climbing 

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Washer Woman and Monster Tower taken from the air ...

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Washer Woman and its neighbor Monster Tower are two incredible Wingate formations located right off the White Rim jeep trail. Standing nearly 500' tall, it is one of the largest towers in Canyonlands National Park and a very worthy objective for any desert climber. Once the towers are in view it is obvious which one is Washer Woman and where the name came from. Take a good look at the arch in the center of the formation. You will be getting a much better one on rappel if you are successful climbing this giant! The remote location combined with the high quality climbing and amazing views of the White Rim make this an incredible experience which I highly recommend.

Getting There 

Good directions can be found on the previous page for the most conventional way here. There is another way though. If you take Potash road (Utah 279) past Wall Street and Long Canyon to where it turns to dirt and proceed for 15 miles, you will reach the Shafer Trail/White Rim Trail junction. Take a left, pass a toilet, and go 13 more miles to a parking area on slick rock beneath the towers. Hike up the canyon, watching for a trail breaking off to the left and up towards the towers. You have two choices here. Either head for the notch between Monster Tower and Washer Woman (requires some easy 5th class climbing) or go around the base of Monster Tower if headed for the west face and "In Search of Suds".

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.1 miles from here

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Washer Woman

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Washer Woman:
In Search Of Suds   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 6 pitches   
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Featured Route For Washer Woman
Rock Climbing Photo: Eric Marchese cleaning up on p.2

In Search Of Suds 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b  Utah : Moab Area : ... : Washer Woman
Washer Woman Tower is named so because it looks like a woman bent over an old fashion wash tub doing laundry. The route seeks suds up the Southwest face then climbs straight up the woman's head to one of the most spectacular summits in the desert.In Search of Suds is a very high quality climb with good rock, wild exposure and an amazing view. The adventure has only begun once you reach the summit.The route begins on the right side of the Southwest face, there are several way...[more]   Browse More Classics in Utah

Photos of Washer Woman Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: The classic view looking back toward the White Rim...
The classic view looking back toward the White Rim...
Rock Climbing Photo: Washerwoman. She sure has a long neck, when viewed...
Washerwoman. She sure has a long neck, when viewed...
Rock Climbing Photo: Washer Woman (left) and Monster Tower (right) from...
Washer Woman (left) and Monster Tower (right) from...
Rock Climbing Photo: Paul Gardner . Paul Ross Andy Ross on the summit 1...
Paul Gardner . Paul Ross Andy Ross on the summit 1...
Rock Climbing Photo: Shadow on approach
Shadow on approach
Rock Climbing Photo: Washer woman as seen from Monster tower.
Washer woman as seen from Monster tower.
Rock Climbing Photo: Ian and Pavel on the summit.
Ian and Pavel on the summit.
Rock Climbing Photo: The standard desert approach...
The standard desert approach...
Rock Climbing Photo: From the southeast
BETA PHOTO: From the southeast

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By Brad Brandewie
Aug 11, 2009
Here's a video I shot while rapping through the arch.

Sorry for the shaky part in the middle. It's not the easiest thing to change break hands while hanging out in the middle of that arch and shooting a video.

By Kevin Kent
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Feb 19, 2017
What's the name of the 3rd tower on the ridge behind monster tower and washer woman? Looks like a pretty worthwhile summit in its own right.
By C'est La Vie
Mar 1, 2017
I believe it is called the "Dish Rack."
By Marc801 C
From: Sandy, Utah
May 17, 2017
Regarding the White Rim approach: the NPS now requires 4x4 only on the White Rim jeep trail and a vehicle permit is required, available at the Island in the Sky visitor center. There are only 50 vehicle permits issued per day.

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