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Granite Dells

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High Rappel Dell 
Lost Wall , The 
Watson Lake 

Granite Dells  Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 5,000'
Location: 34.5913, -112.4215 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Greg Opland, JJ Schlick, Hendrixson, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Orphaned on Jan 19, 2006
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Alien skull somewhere in the Granite Dells.

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Description 

Just east and a bit north of the city of Prescott is this incredibly beautiful and vast field of rounded granite formations. From a good vantage point, the sight of the Dells just before sunset is worth a hefty admission fee. The rock is a medium-grained desert granite that tends to be a bit grainy on some formations.

Rock Climbing Photo: Rusty Ballie and Thank God.
Rusty Ballie and Thank God.


For years, most of the climbing in the area was done in the High Rappel Dell area, which has seen it's share of access issues. This area features mostly traditional routes on skin-rending rock. More recently, climbers have established routes within the formations on the north shore of Watson Lake with bolt-protected sport routes and the area continues to gain popularity.

Please be aware that access to the High Rappel Dell area sort of comes and goes, so tread lightly and be accomodating in case of conflict.

Rock Climbing Photo: The Dells are so cool.
The Dells are so cool.

Getting There 

Both of the Dells areas are located off highway 89, a few miles north of the intersection of 89 and highway 69 into Prescott.

Climbing Season



Weather station 4.1 miles from here

69 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',29],['2 Stars',26],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',8],['5.7',3],['5.8',10],['5.9',10],['5.10',22],['5.11',12],['5.12',3],['5.13',1],['>=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]

Classic Climbing Routes in Granite Dells

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Granite Dells :
Quartz Movement   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   West Shore : Time Zone
Huckleberry Thin   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   High Rappel Dell : High Rappel Dell Main Wall
French Tickler   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   High Rappel Dell : Co-op Crack Area
Guillotine   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   High Rappel Dell : High Rappel Dell Main Wall
Hour of Power   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   West Shore : Time Zone
Dam Classic (aka The Dam Crack)   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Below the Dam : Dam Wall
Crack of Doom   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   High Rappel Dell : High Rappel Dell Main Wall
Baillie's Blindspot   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 80'   High Rappel Dell : High Rappel Dell Main Wall
Dulfer   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   High Rappel Dell : High Rappel Dell Main Wall
Huckleberry Thinner   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   High Rappel Dell : High Rappel Dell Main Wall
Co-op Crack   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 120'   High Rappel Dell : Co-op Crack Area
Monarch   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   West Shore : Thor's Wall
Cling Of Pain   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   High Rappel Dell : Co-op Crack Area
In The Dark   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   High Rappel Dell : High Rappel Dell Main Wall
The Chute   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 100'   High Rappel Dell : High Rappel Dell Main Wall
West Nile   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Below the Dam : Dam Wall
Banana Peel   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   High Rappel Dell : High Rappel Dell Main Wall
Sinister Exaggerator   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   West Shore : Thor's Wall
Thank God   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   High Rappel Dell : High Rappel Dell Main Wall
Fred   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   High Rappel Dell : High Rappel Dell Main Wall
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Featured Route For Granite Dells
Rock Climbing Photo: Co-op crack

Co-op Crack 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  AZ : Central Arizona : ... : Co-op Crack Area
Probably the best route in the Dells. Approach pitch, to amazing splitter crack up high. On the wall directly behind the High Rappel wall. as you walk right along the wall, the wall will end, and look up and see the obvious splitter behind the High Rappel wall. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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Rock Climbing Photo: The Dells are so cool.
The Dells are so cool.

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By JJ Schlick
Administrator
From: Flagstaff, AZ
May 15, 2015
I did a revamp of this area, and sorted the routes as best I could. Some of the routes and their vague whereabouts presented a few problems. Please let me know if you can help me sort it a little better. Thanks

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