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The Golden Ladle area was the first area to be developed in Triassic. It consists of a handful of boulders; the primary one being called West Cat Daddy. The area is adjacent and Northeast to Land of a Thousand Boulders, with a prominent rise/hill separating the two areas.
The Golden Ladle is generally quiet compared to some of the climbing crowds you'll occasionally run into just over the hill in Land of a Thousand Boulders. More often though you will run into people 4-wheeling, dirt-biking, or target shooting in the area of Golden Ladle.
There is some pretty heavily impacted camping areas near Golden Ladle, all free and on BLM land. There are many camping options if you drive around a bit and do some searching. There are no organized camp grounds in the immediate area.
The rock is generally a large grained sandstone, fairly gritty and softer than many other types of sandstone in Southern Utah. Holds can and do break, especially in the spring when things are drying out from a wet winter.
History: Recorded development of the area began in 2002 by Darren Knezek, with the help of Andy Knight and Jeff Baldwin. They were prolific workers and within 9 months cleaned and climbed over 300 boulder problems! It is possible other climbers had experienced the area, but with so many boulders and problems it is entirely possible that no traces of these earlier climber's were left on the rock. With the publishing of 'A Bouldering Guide to Utah', the most comprehensive boulder guide to Utah published in 2003 by Baldwin, Beck & Russo, the Triassic area boulder problems were finally being documented and the area has since exploded into a popular area with hundreds of problems ranging the gamut from easy V0's to hard V11's.
Throughout the Triassic area an observant person can find many ancient petroglyphs from earlier Native Americans who left their mark on many boulders. Some of this rock-art is faded and barely recognizable, while other's are still quiet preserved. There are also some cowboy-glyphs in the area which are interesting. This boulder filled area has been attracting people of all stripes for hundreds of years.
Follow directions to Land of a Thousand boulders and you'll be in the general vicinity of Golden Ladle; however, before taking the righthand/south turn into the Land of a Thousand Boulder's area stay on the main east-running dirt road for an additional 0.4 miles from the Thousand Boulder's turn off. This will take you to the next prominent right hand/southward spur road which you'll turn onto.
After a couple of minutes you'll reach a prominent turn-around, which is the parking area for Golden Ladle. The parking area is adjacent to the large boulders of Golden Ladle. There really is no approach hike!
One can easily hike to Golden Ladle from Land of a Thousand Boulders, just head up and over the rise to the Noutheast of the 'steep area' in Land of a Thousand Boulders and you should be able to find it.
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