Sunset behind Cathedral Rocks.
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.
Turn west on Back O' Beyond Road from 179 and drive to the trailhead (south side) near it's end.
16 Total Routes
['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
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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
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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!