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*Flagstaff Crags Rock Climbing 

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Flagstaff is the epicenter of Northern Arizona climbing, and there are dozens of crags within an hours drive.

In the backyard, however, we have Mt. Elden which is now showcasing a very diverse collection of sport crags, as well as, the more traditional venues. Development of different areas on the mountain began in the late 1960's by local legend Scott Baxter and friends, and continues to this day.

Rock Climbing Photo: P. Davidson gunning through on the FA of Retiremen...
P. Davidson gunning through on the FA of Retirement Crack 5.11, West Elden 1970's.

The San Francisco Peaks are just a hop and skip out of town and open up a number of different climbing opportunities such as the beautiful Peak's Crag, and the short approach Hobo Jungle.

Rock Climbing Photo: Colin enjoying a little quality time on the Peaks,...
Colin enjoying a little quality time on the Peaks, while firing off a flash 2nd ascent of Burning Point 5.12, at The Peaks Crag.

A rare and elusive Flagstaff climbing shot with a climber, and some of the San Francisco Peaks in the back drop. Challenge is on....

The Pit, just south of town on Lake Mary Rd is an infamous Kaibab limestone sport crag, which first saw development in the early 1980's by Alex McGuffie and Mike Lawson. In the late 80's and into the early 90's sport climbing swept the nation, and this crag quickly filled up with routes, established in all sorts of different styles from ground up hooking to rap bolting. These days, The Pit is the local refuge for sport climbers who like short approaches, and predictable conditions.

Rock Climbing Photo: Joel Unema getting serious on No Joke 5.13b, at Th...
Joel Unema getting serious on No Joke 5.13b, at The Pit.
Photo by Carrie Albrecht. Making the Pit look good.

South of town on 89A you will come across The Oak Creek Overlook, which is a classic moderate traditional crag favored by the local crack addicts for full days, or after work affairs. Development first started here in the late 1960's when local police officer Chuck Martens free/aided The Trinity Cracks (which he called The Three Bears) around the same time he did the first ascent of Queen Victoria Spire in Sedona, which he simply called Tower 1. It would be some years before other, well known early locals turned The Overlook into the superb moderate crag it is today during the 1970's and into the early 80's.

Rock Climbing Photo: J.Snyder on Looked Over at The Overlook.
J.Snyder on Looked Over at The Overlook.

Pump House Wash, which empties into Oak Creek Canyon is the closest soft rock to town, where any seasoned climber might find a few bones to gnaw on. Shorter multi pitch adventures are strewn among confirmed classics in a dreamy, rugged canyon setting.

Rock Climbing Photo: wham bam hand jam. Wrapping up the final moves of ...
wham bam hand jam. Wrapping up the final moves of Twist of Fate, Oak Creek Canyon.

photo: Blake McCord

Getting There 

Flagstaff sits at the intersection of interstates 17 and 40, in North Central Arizona.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.9 miles from here

498 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',27],['3 Stars',226],['2 Stars',205],['1 Star',37],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in *Flagstaff Crags

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for *Flagstaff Crags:
Angel's Delight   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   The Overlook
Orange Out Direct   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   The Overlook
Isaiah   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   The Overlook
Man On the Moon   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 4 pitches, 350'   Higher Solitude Canyon : Main Wall
Mr. Slate   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'    The Pit : Swiss Tower
New River   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   The Peaks Crag : *North End
Mulligan Stew   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 75'   San Francisco Peaks : Hobo Jungle
Ultimate Finger Crack   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 165'   Pumphouse Wash : The Ultimates
Mulligan Pie   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 90'   San Francisco Peaks : Hobo Jungle
Be Yourself   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   The Peaks Crag : *North End
Be the Burn   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   The Peaks Crag : South End
Chasing Dragons    5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 69'   The Peaks Crag : *North End
Solitaire   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Higher Solitude Canyon : Main Wall
South of No North   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 75'   San Francisco Peaks : Hobo Jungle
Up In Smoke   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   The Peaks Crag : South End
Burning Point   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   The Peaks Crag : South End
The Joker   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'    The Pit : The White Wall
Black Swan   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   The Peaks Crag : Middle Area
The Black Solitaire   5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Higher Solitude Canyon : Main Wall
Steel Reserve   5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   San Francisco Peaks : Hobo Jungle
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Featured Route For *Flagstaff Crags
Rock Climbing Photo: Helen entering the layback sequence during her sen...

Bobcat Martini 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b  AZ : Northern Arizona : ... : Red Dragon
Climb cracklike feature past a couple bolts, then bust left along a steep flake with positive incut edges. Crank up into the steep laybacks of the dihedral. Stem with precision as laybacks vanish and edges appear, just as the angle eases. This one's not over til it's over. One last steep slab move threatens to tip you backward off yer barstool. Pour some out for the Bobcat if you want to send this one. Very good....[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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