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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',1],['3 Stars',3],['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: Overhanging Nightmare goes directly up the middle ...

Overhanging Nightmare 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13  AZ : Central Arizona : ... : Jungle Gym Rock
Short but Sweet. Climb the slab straight up to the roof, pull directly over the roof into the overhanging hand/finger crack, fire this section up to the wide crack and pull up over the bulge to slab by climbing to a two bolt anchor.Variation: instead of pulling directly over the roof you can traverse out right to gain the ledge above the roof bumping your first crux down a little bit but still leaves you with the real crux above....[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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