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Elevation: 7,000'
Location: 34.4669, -112.4412 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: JJ Schlick on Jan 6, 2007
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Groom Creek is a large collection of steel grey, fine to medium grain boulders that adorn a hillside south of town up Senators Hwy, and is the prize Prescott bouldering area.

There are well over a hundred problems to be had from overhanging jugs to slabby slopers, and everything in between. Expect mostly sound rock, good landings, and an amazing place to watch the sun set. Grades run from V-easy to double digit test pieces.

Getting There 

From the Courthouse square in Prescott drive east on Gurley street until you hit Senators Hwy. Take a right on this and follow it up a long ways until you pass through Groom Creek (collection of houses). Up the road a bit further you will start to notice boulders on the road side. Park at a large area on the right with a stickered Bus Turnaround sign. Most of the bouldering lies across the road up the hill with warmups and some harder stuff right in sight.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.2 miles from here

132 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',20],['3 Stars',57],['2 Stars',15],['1 Star',37],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Groom Creek

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Groom Creek:
Wave Traverse   V0 4 PG13     Boulder, 15'   Main Boulders : The Wave Area
Risky Business   V0 4     Boulder, 10'   Main Boulders : Alley Rocks
The Tootsie Roll   V0 4     Boulder   Main Boulders : The Canyon Area
Spiderman's Wet Dream   V0 4     Boulder, 12'   Main Boulders : The Back Porch slabs and Ju...
The Wave   V0+ 4+     Boulder, 10'   Main Boulders : The Wave Area
Rat Pack   V1+ 5     Boulder, 12'   Main Boulders : Alley Rocks
Space Lord   V2 5+ PG13     Boulder, 20'   Main Boulders : Layback Rock
The Infamous Lieback   V2 5+     Boulder, 15'   Main Boulders : Layback Rock
Frogger   V3 6A     Boulder, 10'   Main Boulders : The Wave Area
Steppin' Out   V3 6A     Boulder, 16'   Main Boulders : Moonstone, Leg Lock Rock, B...
Facelift   V4 6B     Boulder, 12'   Satellite Areas : The Island (Facelift Area)
Syphilis Traverse   V4-5 6B+     Boulder   Main Boulders : The Canyon Area
Charles in Charge   V5 6C     Boulder, 12'   Main Boulders : Moonstone, Leg Lock Rock, B...
The Diggler   V6 7A     Boulder, 15'   Satellite Areas : Lifestyles Rock
Moonstone   V6 7A     Boulder, 10'   Main Boulders : Moonstone, Leg Lock Rock, B...
El Shannon   V7 7A+     Boulder   Main Boulders : Rad Rocks Area
Mainline   V8 7B     Boulder   Main Boulders : Rad Rocks Area
The Golf Ball   V8 7B     Boulder, 15'   Main Boulders : Alley Rocks
Worst Crimps   V8 7B     Boulder   Satellite Areas : The Island (Facelift Area)
New Moon / Eclipse   V8 7B     Boulder, 10'   Main Boulders : Moonstone, Leg Lock Rock, B...
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Featured Route For Groom Creek
Rock Climbing Photo: Steppin' Out

Steppin' Out V3 6A  AZ : Central Arizona : ... : Moonstone, Leg Lock Rock, B...
This is the beautiful line of knobs on Bolt Rock right of the arete. Committing, high-steppy moves up the slabby face lead to a high crux and a scary, less-than-positive topout. The arete is off for the V3, using it drops the grade to around V1 but the problem is almost as fun....[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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By BCramer
From: Prescott
Jan 7, 2007
At Gurley St. you actually turn south onto Mt. Vernon St. that soon becomes Senator Hwy. The Drive from Gurley to the boulders is about 6 1/2 miles. The School Bus turn-around is the first parking reached, but you can continue to the next road on the left that leads to Camp Wamatochick. Turn left and park near the large rocks (the Island boulders, many classics) and hike the Groom Creek Trail #307 to the main area or cross the highway to more boulders on the west side of the highway.
By allen simons
Jun 4, 2007
Way glad to see this area added. I live in colorado and used to frequent arizona on trips. Groom Creek is solid and one of my favorite bouldering areas. Allen
By Greg DeMatteo
From: W. Lebanon, NH
Mar 8, 2008
The school bus turn around was recently destroyed due to logging. The pull out is still there but the stickered sign is missing, making it devoid of obvious landmarks.

Please folks, if you choose to use tick marks wash them thoroughly when you are done.
By Robin like the bird
From: mountain center ,CA
Sep 30, 2008
this area is good for what it is, but i would not try to go there if you are not in the area. most of the place has people either cutting down trees or the problems have paintball shots on them. It is really not the effort. Overall i would just not go there.
By Andrew Ryder
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Oct 3, 2008
Not worth the effort? Perfect granite, tons of problems, incredible concentration, great landings, lots of other bouldering close by... how is this not a destination, exactly?
By btraxler
From: Prescott, AZ
Oct 7, 2008
Yeah I would just not go there at all. Its no good....:)
By allen simons
Oct 14, 2008
I must agree with Andrew. I havent bouldered there in 5 years but solid rock in the shade of the pines, a variety of problems, good landings. Lynn Hill, John Long, and Royal Robbins all climbed there. Way good enough for me. Allen
By Joe Kreidel
From: Tucson, AZ
Jun 29, 2009
This is a great little area. Beautiful boulders, cool holds, fantastic setting.

I think the calls for 'NO TICKING' are working, as I don't think I saw any tick marks.
By ccmski
From: Prescott, AZ
Oct 19, 2009
I agree with robin and ben- not worth the effort to go there- kinda like all climbing around Prescott.
By Kayle
May 23, 2010
Groom Creek Bouldering is definitely worth a look.
By Richard Edwards
Mar 9, 2015
By Pablo-Roberts
From: Prescott, Arizona
Dec 3, 2015
If your looking for awesome granite bouldering...this is the place for Arizona. Come check it out, you wont be disappointed.
By Dominic Weinstock
Jan 2, 2016
If you are in northern az id recommend priest draw. The climbing is much better than groom.
By Pablo-Roberts
From: Prescott, Arizona
Jan 5, 2016
If you like doing the same move over and over on a horizontal roof, id go to priest draw.
By J. Snyder
From: Flagstaff, Arizona
Jan 7, 2016
Obvs... neither of these places are good.
By connor.s
Jan 20, 2016
Woo Love Groom! This place will make you a granite crusher!
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