This is kind of a crappy climb in and of itself, but the whole experience is fun and worth doing.
I woke up at 4 am, drove 5.5 hours from Salt Lake, and climbed The Cheesebox before heading further south to climb Mexican Hat (and then drove to Moab to make a really long day). I read somewhere online that the climb was 5.5, so I took a rope and small rack with me to self-belay on the cruxy parts. Once I got to the base of the route, though, it looked easier than I thought. I ended up free soloing the thing and then downclimbing it. I don’t think it’s quite 5.5. It’s generic “easy 5th.”
The hardest part of this route is definitely getting to the formation and getting back to the trailhead. I got lost in White Canyon both ways.
Here are my times:
- 0:00 – Left the car
- 1:18 – Got to the base
- 1:27 – On top (it doesn’t take long to climb)
- 1:38 – Back at the base of the route
- 3:00 – Back at the car
Below are some pics and a printable one-page PDF beta sheet.