Central Arizona Rock Climbing
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The Central Arizona Areas
Central Arizona is a rugged, barren, arid, and inhospitable landscape. When most people think of central Arizona, they think of the sprawling metropolis of Phoenix and the emblematic Saguaro. People also think of the searing temperatures, piss-warm backyard pools, and the heinous back sweat of every insignificant car ride. Nevertheless, hidden away are back country gems - lush, water-filled canyons, shady forests, and hundreds of miles of pristine, bountiful cliff lines. To the intrepid adventurer: There is no lack of opportunity here.
The Central Arizona area encompasses the low desert of Arizona, which heats up like an oven during the summer, and several national forests Prescott, Tonto, and Apache whose cliff faces are climbable on even the most sweltering summer days. Within this central portion of the state, there are three main hotspots: the Prescott area, the Payson area, and the Phoenix area, each with its own distinct flavor. The Prescott areas
include the picturesque lakeside cliffs of Watson Dells Lake and the historic and towering granite cliffs of Granite Mountain. If smaller rocks strike your fancy, then thousands of erratically strewn granite boulders litter the forests and hills, awaiting your enjoyment. Climbing in and around Prescott is possible almost year round.
The Payson area also offers its share of quality climbs. Isolation Canyon hosts an incredible concentration of worthwhile classics, while the canyons Wet Beaver Creek
, West Clear Creek, East Verde, and the Anchas are otherworldly oases that provide a perfect breather from the summertime roast of the Phoenix Valley.
And lastly there is the Phoenix area
. There are several crags within city limits. Pinnacle Peak and the McDowell Mountains are great winter traditional climbing destinations that make for highly enjoyable day trips. East of the city are the Superstition Mountains, the contested Queen Creek Canyon, and an indescribable amount of other backcountry diamonds. Enduring classics hide in these mountains and offer all the finger-shredding fun you could want. Many of these areas are also climbable most days of the year. While central Arizona is not a world-class climbing destination, world-class climbs are abundant, making central Arizona the perfect prospect for those seeking to stake their vertical claim. Come get yours!
Most of the central Arizona areas are within a two and half hour radius of Phoenix. Standard cars can access many areas, but many require full-blown four-wheel drive, high clearance, and a willingness to succumb to the Arizona pinstripe.
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Classic Climbing Routes in Central Arizona
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Central Arizona:
Featured Route For Central Arizona
Gabriel's Watch 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a AZ
: Central Arizona
: ... : The Face of God
This extremely fun and challenging climb starts on the left side of a narrow low north-facing wall below the God Head. Climb up angling left past four bolts reaching a large ledge. A few difficult moves establishes you onto a steep overhanging wall that leads to two bulges and a short and easy run-out ramp to the top. Belay from two hangers. Rap "God Knows" or walk off by scrambling southeast and descending into the gulley. You can also rap west, down the main face for easier access to the n...[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
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By JJ Schlick
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Jan 28, 2012
Great description Ryan. Thanks for taking that on.
By Corinne B
Feb 13, 2012
Hello Climbers, I lost my iPhone 4 at the campsite there this weekend.
If you find it, could you email me at firstname.lastname@example.org? I will gladly reward you with dinner or a bit of cash or something for your trouble. Thanks in advance :-)
Nov 12, 2014
hi I m french...
I looking for a ride to go at homestead during the end of this month. I have a car but it s not possible to take the dirty road with a chevy van... If you ll go and you could take two people with bags it will be so nice...
By kyle nowak
Oct 28, 2015
Hey everyone my name is Kyle and I have recently moved here from Colorado and are looking for climbing partners in central Arizona I have climbed a little bit in queen Creek Canyon I climb I mostly sport climb but have recently assembled a rack to get started into trad climbing shoot me a text if you're interested my number is 303-887-5943