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Petrified Hornet Wall Rock Climbing 

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BETA PHOTO: The Petrified Hornet Wall, Indian Creek, Utah.

RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone around Moab is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. MORE INFO >>>


A sandy wall betweeen Optimator and 4x$. Good on hot days. Lots of new route potential left.

Climbing Season

For the Indian Creek area.

Weather station 14.1 miles from here

8 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Petrified Hornet Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Petrified Hornet Wall:
Crescent Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 40'   
Petrified Hornet   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Kiefer Ari   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Unknown PH fingers to hands splitter   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Sting   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Unknown 5.11 at the Petrified Hornet Wall, Indian ...

Unknown PH fingers to hands splitter 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c  UT : Moab Area : ... : Petrified Hornet Wall
Lie back the start on the lighter rock where a block has come off the wall and pull into the off fingers splitter that passes a hollow flake and turns to thin hands as it winds it way up the wall before thinning down again before the anchors. Cripy edges abound on this thing but are hard to trust. There's a nice hold to clip the chains from to take the edge off after climbing through some thin stuff. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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By Erik McGillivray
Mar 23, 2012
Where do you approach from for Petrified Hornet Wall?
By BJ Sbarra
From: Carbondale, CO
Mar 23, 2012
Approach from the same parking area as Optimator, head up the obvious wash that's down and left of the road, and then you should see another wash/trail heading up and left. There were cairns for at least the upper half.
By slim
Mar 23, 2012
i usually approach from a small pulloff (i think there are 2 of them) several hundred yards before the optimator parking. this allows you to get down to the wash pretty quickly (and avoid climbing back up to the optimator parking at the end of the day).

once you get in the wash, head up-stream until you find a decent break on the left. follow it up onto the most obvious ridge. there is usually a faint trail on the ridge.

have fun, cool little crag!
By Erik McGillivray
Mar 23, 2012
By claramie
From: Boulder, CO
Oct 11, 2013
And note that the picture of the crag with the routes numbered in the Bloom guidebook is completely wrong. Crescent Crack and Petrified Hornet are about 100 feet apart and right where the trail hits the wall.

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