On Friday we drove north on UT-128 along the Colorado River to visit an area known as Fisher Towers. Fisher Towers are a series of towers made of sandstone named for a miner who lived near them in the 1880s. You may have seen the towers and not even know it if you’ve seen the Citibank commercial on TV where a girl climbs to the top of a narrow tower known as Ancient Arts. Click here to view it.
You can’t tell from the picture above but there are at least ten hikers at various spots below Ancient Arts. We decided to sit for a while and watch their progress.
Below you can see two climbers on the right making their way up the cliff, while the hiker on the right is rappelling back down. It takes hours to get to the top, but only minutes to get back down.
We sat for a while to watch one climber make the final climb to the top.
The final climb to the top took him about half an hour, he stood on top for a few seconds, then back down he came.
Some climbers show incredible
stupidity bravery at the top.
At one point Pam became so focused on watching the climbers that she failed to notice John was missing. When she realized he was gone she frantically searched for him, to no avail. She asked two nearby hikers if they had seen him and they just pointed up to the top of the tower. She could barely see someone up there, so she used the camera to zoom in for a closer look. Guess who was up there!
After John quickly rappelled back down, we sat back and enjoyed lunch while watching others climb up the tower.
After lunch we continued hiking up the trail into the towers.
The views were outstanding as we slowly climbed up the trail.
The tallest of the towers is the Titan. While no climbers where on it during our visit, the Titan is listed as one of the climbing guidebook Fifty Classic Climbs of North America.
After two and a half miles we came to a large rock plateau with a sign that said “Trail End.” We decided to turn around at that point (rather than go over the cliff) and begin the return hike.
At one point the trail crossed a narrow rock passage. The Bureau of Land Management was kind enough to place a ladder there to help with the crossing.
The trail at Fisher Towers is a very nice hike. The views are great and the rock climbers provide some entertainment along the way. The views from the top of the trail alone make the hike worthwhile.