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BETA PHOTO: Cliffs below Watson Lake dam.

Partially Closed.


Below Watson Lake dam Granite Creek flows in a south to north direction creating a deep canyon containing some of Watson Lakes biggest walls. Framed by the granite cliffs and towering cottonwoods, this secluded riparian area is unique and worth a visit even if you're not climbing. Flooding and vegetation can be an issue at certain times of the year. With cracking concrete, rusting metal and water spewing from a giant valve at the base, the dam is an ominous presence in the canyon. Forget that shaky stopper in crumbling Dells granite, how long will that f@*($#& dam hold?

Getting There 

Hike north from the north boat ramp along one of the trails that parallels the west shore to the dam. Scramble up and over rocks and then down to a side canyon that leads east to Granite Creek below the dam.

Climbing Season

For the Watson Lake area.

Weather station 4.1 miles from here

6 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Below the Dam

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Below the Dam:
Dam Classic (aka The Dam Crack)   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Dam Wall
West Nile   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Dam Wall
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Featured Route For Below the Dam
Rock Climbing Photo: red line Dam Clasic blue line Unknown 5.7   sorry ...

Dam Classic (aka The Dam Crack) 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c  AZ : Central Arizona : ... : Dam Wall
The most aesthetic crack on this portion of the wall closest to the dam. This is one of the best cracks at the Dells. climb the crack until it peters out and then make a couple of slabby moves to the top. Setting up an anchor is a little bit tough, and not all that solid but marginal. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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Rock Climbing Photo: Approach coming from Below the Dam, Fall '12.
Approach coming from Below the Dam, Fall '12.
Rock Climbing Photo: Watch out for this cool kid Below the Dam!
Watch out for this cool kid Below the Dam!

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