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Cathedral Rock Area  


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Elevation: 4,500'
Location: 34.81932, -111.79305 View Map  Incorrect?
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Sunset behind Cathedral Rocks.

Description 

Cathedral Rocks area includes the famous Mace as well as some other great routes, located in the complex of mesas and towers just west of 179 from Back O' Beyond Road.

Getting There 

Turn west on Back O' Beyond Road from 179 and drive to the trailhead (south side) near it's end.

Climbing Season


16 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',1],['5.10',10],['5.11',5],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Cathedral Rock Area:
Original Route   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 5 pitches, 400'   The Mace
Andy Kaufman Crack   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 105'   North Mesa
Rappel Route   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     TR, 2 pitches, 75'   The Mace
Rusty Cage   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   North Mesa
Vortex in a Can   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 3 pitches   South Mesa
1999   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   North Mesa
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Featured Route For Cathedral Rock Area
The step across

Original Route 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a  AZ : Sedona Area : ... : The Mace
The Mace is a classic Sedona route, and one of the "must do" lines in the area. If you're used to Moab area towers, this is a bit of a disappointment in terms of rock quality, but the adventure itself is wonderful.Approach from a small trailhead off of Back O' Beyond Road in Sedona. The hike is 15-20 minutes at a leisurely pace.P1: Climb up chimney (or the runout face to the right) to a crack through limestone band. Pull a small roof to gain a big alcove with eyebolt belay. 5.7.P2: Head up a h...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

Photos of Cathedral Rock Area Slideshow Add Photo
Beautiful Cathedral Rocks
Beautiful Cathedral Rocks
Cathedral Rock from near the site of the old Baldwin's Crossing.  Yes, we used to be able to drive from Sedona to Village of Oak Creek through here but it is now a state park.
BETA PHOTO: Cathedral Rock from near the site of the old Baldw...
another beautiful cathedral rock sunset
another beautiful cathedral rock sunset
Petroglyphs on the north side of the North Mesa
BETA PHOTO: Petroglyphs on the north side of the North Mesa
Petroglyphs on the north side of the North Mesa
BETA PHOTO: Petroglyphs on the north side of the North Mesa
Climbing the softest sandstone in Sedonaat Cathedral Rocks !
Climbing the softest sandstone in Sedonaat Cathedr...
Climbing at Cathedral Rock. <br />
Climbing at Cathedral Rock.
Back-O-Beyond approach
BETA PHOTO: Back-O-Beyond approach
The Mace is on the left.
The Mace is on the left.
Red rock of the Cathedral group from the summit of the Mace. March 2008
Red rock of the Cathedral group from the summit of...
The crack on the west side of the North Mesa.  Great scrambling fun!  10/27/07
BETA PHOTO: The crack on the west side of the North Mesa. Gre...

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By Richard Fernandez
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Feb 2, 2009
Did the Mace on Sunday, Feb 1st. Last pitch is a blast, one of the best pitches I've done in a while. Although I found it a bit harder than 5.9+, more like a 5.10b. Physically demanding route you'll use every part of your body on. Great top out. We opted out of the lean/jump pitch because of 40+ mph winds. Long pants and shirts are useful for the full body jams! Have fun!