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Besides Ancient Art, Lighthouse Tower has perhaps the coolest summit in the Moab area. Located above the Big Bend recreation area, the tower has a relatively short approach and can easily be done in a couple of hours car to car. A number of excellent routes ascend the tower, each requiring an exciting mantle onto the summit block that must be reversed (there are no anchors on the summit).

Getting There 

Drive about 7 miles east of Moab on the River Road. Look for a small pullout on the left, river side of the road just past a large boulder with lots of calcite on one side. Park here then walk down the road (in the Moab direction) looking for a good trail marked by an obvious metal post. The approach takes about 20 minutes.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.2 miles from here

4 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Lighthouse Tower:
Lonely Vigil   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Grade II   
Poseidon Adventure   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R     Trad, 4 pitches, 310'   
Iron Maiden   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   
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Dirk Tyler at the bulge on the 1st pitch of Lonely...

Lonely Vigil 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b  UT : Moab Area : ... : Lighthouse Tower
This excellent route is on the E side of the tower. The approach trail leads to the W face, so a short approach pitch must be climbed to get to the other side of the tower. Approach pitch- climb the loose corner to a good anchor in the notch on the south side of the tower (5.7R, 50ft).Walk along the base of the NE face of the tower and locate the obvious corner/chimney system on the right side of the face (just look for the chalk).Pitch 1- jam the hand crack through the bulge to an easy offwidt...[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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Pavel Kejla on the short 5.6 pitch that accesses t...
Pavel Kejla on the short 5.6 pitch that accesses t...
Dave nearing the top of the Lighthouse
Dave nearing the top of the Lighthouse

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By TomKingsbury
Dec 5, 2006
Only need a single 70 meter to rappel off of the Lighthouse.
Jan 30, 2012
Lighthouses rule.
By Bob Dobalina
Oct 8, 2012
Bring TWO (60 meter) ropes to get down the quick and easy way. Or you can mess with the hanging rap station and do multiple raps down 'Lonely Vigil' with a single rope if you want.
By Kelbad
From: Colorado Springs
Oct 11, 2013
We lost a phone on the way to Lonely Vigil on Tuesday. If anyone stumbles across it, please shoot me a PM. A head cold plus Kleenex in the same pocket caused the issue.

It may be toast after the rain on Thurs/Friday, but then again, I may be able to retrieve the photos.

Thanks for your help,