The Observatory Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: Preeemium fruit...left side of main wall
Main wall is 20-100m north-facing in a large alcove protected from the prevailing W/SW winds. Beautiful, secluded setting with an uncharacteristically dense collection of stellar routes on high-quality Wingate sandstone, several topping out. 'Bout as cool as it gets on Utah redrock...
Just outside the park north of U24. 2 mile hike, 250m climb to base, park at second unsigned pullout east of Rimrock hotel/restaraunt, head up steep trail to path west along shelf below cliffs, past a couple of older multi-pitch aid lines (hard free potential). Continue around large alcove/bay on diminishing trail (stick to wash bottoms and rocks or thoughtfully cairned routes). Climb up to base near peninsula tip or further into north-side drainage.
Climbing Season For the All Locations area.
Weather station 0.1 miles from here
2 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For The Observatory
Latest Regional Forum Messages
By benjamin brownell
From: Ashland, OR
Sep 15, 2010
This is a special area for climbing in the Canyonlands, and deserves respectful enjoyment from local and visiting climbers. I have moved some distance away before completing my original development intentions, and am going to invite some new connoisseurs to carry on. I'd really appreciate continuing attention to a few aesthetic choices regarding trails, anchors and publicity. Essentially, low-impact, as best you know how (or can determine in consultation with familiar parties).
- Bolts and anchor paraphernalia are a visual impact, and while the neighboring Park's comprehensive ban is overbearing, please keep things out of plain sight from off the rock!
- Please don't post info for this crag to others until you've been there at least twice, and have a direct feeling for what it's about and how your promotions may affect things.