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Church Wall and Religion Wall Rock Climbing 

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The Church Wall hosts everything from single pitch splitter cracks and sport lines to multiple pitch trad lines and a grade IV aid route. The wall faces due south so warmth and sun are the norms.

Getting There 

Turn off Highway 179 onto Chapel Road heading east. Before reaching the gate and Chapel of the Holy Cross parking area, park in a pullout on the north side of the road. Walk through the chapel parking area and pick up a climbers trail on the eastern edge of the parking area.

Follow the climbers trail about 1/4 mile until it intersects with a wide, well maintained mountain bike trail. Follow the bike trail for another 50 to 100 yards until you are below the large roof that marks Castles in the Sand. At this point look for a wash to your left that cuts straight up towards the cliff. At the top of this wash there is a short 4th class cliff to scramble up. Once on top of this cliff walk to the right end and pick-up the trail again. From this point the trail heads more or less straight up to the cliff base. The Religion Wall is to the right of the Watchtower and the Church Wall is to the left.

This approach takes between 30 and 45 minutes.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.4 miles from here

15 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Church Wall and Religion Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Church Wall and Religion Wall:
Easy Rider   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Lower Religion Wall
Broken Arete   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Upper Religion Wall
Follow Your Bliss   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 65'   Church Wall
Poop Chute   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Lower Religion Wall
Genesis   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 65'   Church Wall
Centipede   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Lower Religion Wall
Cat Claw   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Lower Religion Wall
Brown Hornet   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 90'   Lower Religion Wall
Praying Hands   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 400'   Upper Religion Wall
Castles in the Sand   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 3 pitches, 150'   Church Wall
Watchtower AKA Last Temptation   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Lower Religion Wall
Alpine Follies Hangover   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Upper Religion Wall
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Alpine Follies Hangover 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b  AZ : *Sedona Area : ... : Upper Religion Wall
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