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Adobe Mesa via Amphitheater
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Adobe Mesa via Amphitheater

 
Adobe Mesa via Amphitheater

Page Type: Route

Location: Utah, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 38.62910°N / 109.3173°W

Object Title: Adobe Mesa via Amphitheater

Route Type: Scramble

Time Required: A long day

Difficulty: Class 3

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Page By: Scott

Created/Edited: Nov 13, 2004 / Apr 25, 2008

Object ID: 162888

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Approach

Drive along State Highway 128 north from Moab or south from Cisco to the Professor Creek Road between mile markers 18 and 19. The gravel road branches south from the highway and is marked "Ranch Road-Dead End". Drive the Professor Creek Road to its end and park. The gravel road is about two miles long and is good for all vehicles.

Route Description

Crossing the desert in the heat of the day is not pleasant in warm weather. Getan early start in warm weather, and bring plenty of water.

Getting to the base of Adobe Mesa is a maze of drainages and gullies. There are many more than show on the topo map. Much routefinding is required even though you can't get too lost as you can see the objective in front of you the whole way. There are several routes to choose from and the description will be intentionally brief. You must have and know how to use a topo map to follow this route. The route to the summit of the mesa is not too difficult, but it is a bit tedious and strenuous. The climb is well worth the views, however.

From the trailhead, follow Professor Creek. Eventually, you will have to get your feet wet. Carefully follow the map and continue up Professor Creek until you are south of the I+223 mark on the topo map. Climb up to the rim to the south. Notice the ameptheater on Adobe Mesa between Points 6948T and 6995T.

You will head towards the ampitheater using various spurs and drainages to access the drainage draining the ampetheater. The route to the amphitheater is very tedious and more complicated than it looks on the map, and expect to wind around several drainages and spurs. Follow the drainage up the ampetheater; there are many boulders and other obstacles to make the going slow.

The headwall of the ampitheater is steep, but climbable and there are many boulders and trees to skirt. The north facing headwall is covered with a mini pine forest.

One on the rim, you can walk east and slightly south to the true summit, but the views from there aren't near as impressive as the ones from the points surrounding the rim.

The best choice for spectacular scenery is to follow the rim in either directions and visiting several view points. The views from the various points along the rim are amoung the best in in the world. The western point above Castle Rock may be the very best of all.

The distance to the rim Adobe Mesa from the trailhead is just under six miles, with 2700 feet elevation gain, but it seems longer.

Once on the rim, you can walk east and slightly south to the true summit, but the views from there aren't near as impressive as the ones from the points surrounding the rim.

The best choice for spectacular scenery is to follow the rim in either directions and visiting several view points. The views from the various points along the rim are amoung the best in in the world. The western point above Castle Rock may be the very best of all.

The distance to the rim Adobe Mesa from the trailhead is just under six miles, with 2700 feet elevation gain, but it seems longer.

Essential Gear

No special equipment, other than large water bottles is needed to climb the mesa. See the Professor Creek route page for an equipment list if you plan to descend that route.

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