A much more secluded canyon than others in the area. more rugged, requiring some 3rd class moves on the approach. peaceful and beautiful without the crowds. trail into canyon starts at the large flat top boulder. hike up the ball bearing slope behind the boulder and gain the train tracks. continue right and up to a step and then some 3rd class moves right or left around a block. move left (up canyon) on slabs and a faint trail to a tunnel thru under another block. up and then left again (up canyon) on slabs and trail to the first major wash. follow this down into the main wash. you should now be above a huge waterfall on the clean slabs of the main wash. the approaches to the climbs start here. Sandy's toe covers the left side of the canyon from the mouth of the canyon, downstream. Potato head covers left side from the mouth, up canyon.
13.3 miles from denny's in moab. 191 north, left on potash road, go 10.5 miles down potash to good parking near a large flat top boulder on the right. it's the next canyon down river from culvert canyon (just past corona arch parking area). if you pass day or long canyon (jug handle arch), you went to far.
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Double Bow Chimney 5.11 PG13 UT : Moab Area : ... : Sandy's Toe (Tower)
Every bit as stunning as it is eye catching from the road. Classic old school desert climbing in an amazing chimney with stellar views. space tower on steroids. this thing is WILD! chimney up the right side of the "tower" protecting the OW in back. drop in for some steep and varied climbing, then out and around the center block to a two bolt belay. more chimney/OW work protected by bolts leads up into an open chimney under a big roof. climb out right to the summit. two bomber bolt anchor. singl...[more] Browse More Classics in UT