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The Confluence  

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Submitted By: TylerPhillips on May 5, 2010


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Quickly becoming Zions most visited free climbing area. The Park service is aware of this area and isn't very excited about it. Tread lightly and don't park like a jackass. Consider parking down low and carpooling instead of everyone taking their own rides.

This area receives stellar afternoon sun. Shade can be chased early in the morning. It hosts views looking down on the Parus trail and the old visitors center and the touristy town of Springdale.

This area holds some of Zion's first pure sport routes and accessible grades. With some hard crack climbing and mulitpitch thrown in you will find something for almost everyone.

Getting There 

Park at last switchback before tunnel on Zion/Mount Carmel Highway. If its full you can park DOWN the road on the downhill side in a small pullout. The trail is just off the last switchback. It begins with a steep sand slog and works its way up to a traversing trail that runs back West. When you get the 'stone living room' you'll find the bolted arete Enter The Dragon. Keep traversing west on a pleasant trail to find Taking Back The Rainbow and Smashmouth and beyond.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.2 miles from here

11 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Confluence:
Junk in the Trunk   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 240'   
Salty Dog Arete   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Gunswinger   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Take Back The Rainbow   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 8 pitches, 900'   
Better Safe than Sorry   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   
Smashmouth   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   
Crimson King   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
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Featured Route For The Confluence
David Bloom on Crimson King.

Crimson King 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c  UT : Zion National Park : The Confluence
A nice route up some beautiful rock. Thin moves & gear lead up a nice crack. Up high some thin moves remain in lighter colored rock. Good fun....[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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By TylerPhillips
Dec 18, 2014
Wow. This description sucks.
By Andrew Gram
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Dec 26, 2014
If you are willing to rewrite i'll reassign it to you.
By TylerPhillips
Dec 28, 2014
Ok. I'll do it.
By Andrew Gram
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Dec 30, 2014
All yours. Thanks!
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