If you’re headed to Moab this spring (and why wouldn’t you be?) we’ve got a suggestion to make your trip even better. Go hike Fisher Towers trail, and, if you’re up for it, do some serious rock climbing.
Fisher Towers are an iconic set of sandstone monoliths, located just outside of Moab. They are named for a miner who lived and worked in the region for a number of years. The area is very photogenic, and, since the 1960’s, has become famous for its climbing routes.
The trail is a relatively easy hike to the overlook, and should be easy enough for anyone who wants to check out the towers. Here is the description from the Bureau of Land Management:
From the parking lot (please sign in at register box), the trail goes down a short set of steps and then runs to the left out onto a small slickrock-covered ridge. Follow the ridge away from the main cliffs until just after it narrows and then go left down into the ravine through a small cut on the left side of the ridge. From the bottom of the ravine, the trail heads steeply up and then begins to wind directly beneath the Fisher Towers. After swinging around the largest tower, The Titan, the trail ascends and ends on a ridge with a panoramic view.
To get there, turn off Highway 128, east of Moab. From the junction of highways 128 and 191, travel east for 21 miles to an improved dirt road. Turn right onto that dirt road and follow it for 2.2 miles to the parking lot.
If you’re planning on doing some rock climbing, consider these routes – Finger of Fate on Titan Tower, and the Corkscrew on Ancient Arts Tower. They’ll get the blood pumping. And if you’re not climbing, just be careful not to hike underneath anyone who is. Just in case.