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The San Rafael Swell is a huge area in the center of Utah, with few people and fewer services. It is the area roughly bordered by Price in the north, Green River to the east, Capitol Reef to the south, and the mountains to the west. I-70 divides the swell into two parts, and is the only paved road within the swell. US 6, Utah highways 10 and 24, and the Moore cutoff road travel around the edges of the swell, and there are many dirt roads - some are good, some are very bad, and all can be difficult to travel during big storms.
This is a vast area in the center of Utah split by I-70. The most popular areas are accessed by the Buckhorn Wash Road. Most of the main roads in this area are good dirt roads, and you can usually at least get close in a 2WD. The road conditions can change quickly since they don't see much traffic, and the remote parts of the swell are not a good place to have car trouble. Visitors should always come to the swell with a full tank of gas, a spare tire in good condition, and extra food and water just in case.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for San Rafael Swell:
1000' of Fun 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, 5 pitches, 1000' Eastern Reef Area.. AKA The... : O Crags (Three Finger Canyo...
1200' of more Fun 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, 6 pitches, 1200' Eastern Reef Area.. AKA The... : O Crags (Three Finger Canyo...
Death by Chocolate 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 9 pitches, 1700' Eastern Reef Area.. AKA The... : E Crags (DBC Canyon)
Knights-Errant 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 5 pitches, 870' Eastern Reef Area.. AKA The... : O Crags (Three Finger Canyo...
Private Pizza 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 70' San Rafael Swell - North : Private Pizza Wall
Curiosity Killed The Cat 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, 6 pitches, 1110' Eastern Reef Area.. AKA The... : O Crags (Three Finger Canyo...
More Madness 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, 4 pitches, 700' Eastern Reef Area.. AKA The... : F Crags
Cheek Full of Redman 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 70' San Rafael Swell - North : Private Pizza Wall
James Tower AKA The Lightblub 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b A1 Trad, Aid, 3 pitches, 200' San Rafael Swell - North : Lower Buckhorn Wash
Anchors From Hell 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 80' San Rafael Swell - North : Pine Canyon
Short Stack 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 80' San Rafael Swell - North : Lower Buckhorn Wash
Lite Not Solid 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 160' San Rafael Swell - North : Pine Canyon
Tippin The Botttle 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad, 3 pitches, 450' San Rafael Swell - North : Bottleneck Peak
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The Grand Expedition 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R UT : San Rafael Swell : ... : K Crags
The Grand Expedition..1340'.III 5.8+R.. This climb is one of the classics of the Reef. The run outs are a bit long on the more difficult pitches. Starts about 300'left of Surfing the Swell route. From the top of the next wave left(south) of the Chocolate topped wave (see Photo) P1)Climb to a bolt at about 70'. Move up into the groove then to a two bolt anchor. 190'5.7R. P2)Continue up the shallow groove and face to double anchors. 190'. 5.5R P3)Up open slab/groove to double anchors 190'.5.4R. P4...[more] Browse More Classics in UT
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