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A No.1 S 
Band of Gypsies T 
Big Rock Candy Mountain T 
Bindlestiff T 
Boxcar Tourist S 
Calling In S 
Cat Wagon S 
Couch Surfer T 
Elk Sign S 
Frisk A Drag S 
Gandy Dancer S 
High Hanging Biscuits S 
Hobo Hash S 
Hobophilia S 
Hobophobic S 
Hungry Hungry Hobo S 
Jolt Train T 
Jungle Buzzard  S 
Late For the Gravy Train T 
Lucky Streak S 
Mulligan Pie S 
Mulligan Stew S 
Mushfaker T 
Never Ending Night Train T 
Pie in the Sky T 
Redball S 
Road Sister S 
South of No North S 
Southern Exposure S 
Steel Reserve S 
Sweet Back S 
Sweet Back Direct S 
Tin Roof Sunday T 
Twist a Dream T 
Uberfall T 
Volt S 
Westbound Willy T 
Whistling Wabash, The S 

Hobo Jungle  


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Elevation: 7,800'
Location: 35.3899, -111.6138 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Greg Opland, James DeRoussel, JJ Schlick, Hendrixson, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Darren Mabe on Jun 11, 2012
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Description 

Tucked back on the east side of the San Francisco Peaks and north of Lockett Meadow is a small and secluded andesite/dacite crag called the Hobo Jungle. Hobo Jungles are camps of transient hobo communities, which congregate usually near a railroad. The hobo culture is quite elaborate and intriguing having aspects not too different than those of the climbing community. If you are more interested in hobohemia and an internet search isn't enough, check out the documentary "The American Hobo".

The climbing at the Jungle has been described as a “mini-Peaks” (shhh!) with climbs of all grades from powerful sport problems like Sweet Back, Volt, and Redball to a few trad adventures like Bindlestiff and Twist a Dream. Don't miss out on the crag's classics Southern Exposure and Mulligan Stew. The Jungle is also home to area testpiece, Steel Reserve, an overhanging 5.13.

Facing mostly east and in national forest land, the Hobo Jungle is a wonderful afternoon crag, though the left side routes get cool morning shade.

Dean Hoffman styling the crux of Mulligan Stew 5.11-. <br />Photo: Chris Novellino
Dean Hoffman styling the crux of Mulligan Stew 5.11-.
Photo: Chris Novellino

Getting There 

The Hobo Jungle is a 30 minute drive from Flagstaff. Take 89 north out of Flag towards Page. After a little over 11 miles from the Hwy 40 junction, turn left on FR 545 (right is Sunset Crater). At the T after a half mile, turn right on FR 552 (left goes towards Schultz Pass). Follow this heavily washboarded road for a mile as it gradually bends left. Turn right on FR 418, and follow this for about 2.5 miles as it wraps around to a hairpin and lone boulder marker on the right. Turn LEFT and park in the parking area and popular campsite. From here, a casual 15 minute flip-flop stroll south along the jeep trail dead-ends to a nice clearing, and the Hobo Jungle crag on your right. NO MOTOR VEHICLES according to the Coconino National Forest Trails Map. Follow a path across the wash to the right end of the crag at the Hobo Cave and wonderful congregating spot, underneath the proud overhanging and thin bolted face of Steel Reserve. An alternate low trail follows the wash to the south and left end routes, featuring South of No North and A-No.1.

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Climbing Season



Weather station 4.6 miles from here

38 Total Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',20],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',0],['5.8',2],['5.9',4],['5.10',9],['5.11',17],['5.12',4],['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]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Hobo Jungle:
Hungry Hungry Hobo   5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c     Sport, 100'   
Late For the Gravy Train   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Hobophilia   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 65'   
Bindlestiff   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 90'   
Elk Sign   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
Southern Exposure   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Gandy Dancer   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 70'   
Twist a Dream   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 100'   
Road Sister   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Redball   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
Frisk A Drag   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Mulligan Stew   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 75'   
A No.1   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Mulligan Pie   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 90'   
Lucky Streak   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 70'   
Volt   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Sweet Back Direct   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
Tin Roof Sunday   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, 85'   
Sweet Back   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
South of No North   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 75'   
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Featured Route For Hobo Jungle
"Steel Reserve"

Steel Reserve 5.13b/c 8a+ 29 X- 30 E7 6c  AZ : Northern Arizona : ... : Hobo Jungle
Looming over the hobo cave awaits this steely-eyed test-piece. One perfect weakness climbs this extremely overhung face. Start from the obvious jug at the aręte and crank through the first of two high-gravity bouldery cruxes. Thin and sharp crimps, pockets, and yes, even a jug or two, pack a punch in just under 60 feet of dacite....[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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Greco working on Steel Reserve  <br />35mm film shot with a rink dinky plastic camera :)  <br /><a href='http://www.tamarahastie.com' target='_blank' rel='nofollow' >tamarahastie.com</a>
Greco working on Steel Reserve 35mm film shot wit...
Southern Exposure
Southern Exposure
Pie in the Sky. <br /> <br />Photo: Chris Novellino
Pie in the Sky. Photo: Chris Novellino
Project, just left of Jungle Buzzard.
BETA PHOTO: Project, just left of Jungle Buzzard.
Unknown corner right of Lucky Streak. Climbable?
BETA PHOTO: Unknown corner right of Lucky Streak. Climbable?
Hobo Jungle; nice crag
Hobo Jungle; nice crag
Toofast taking shelter from the rain
Toofast taking shelter from the rain
Eric Deschamps working hard on the project, an exquisite area testpiece.
Eric Deschamps working hard on the project, an exq...
EFR enjoying some easy romping at the top of Road Sister(10d).
EFR enjoying some easy romping at the top of Road ...
These puppies were a bit overdue for replacement. It wouldn't have been long before they became dangerously sharp. If you enjoy these routes a cool thing to do is swap out the grooved anchor biners with some freshies. If everyone thinks that someone else will maintain them, no one will. Thanks fellow hobos!
BETA PHOTO: These puppies were a bit overdue for replacement. ...

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By rob pizem
Jun 11, 2012
Great job D-ron, looks like a nice zone with some featured rock. Way to put the time in and get people psyched!
By JJ Schlick
Administrator
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Jun 11, 2012
Awesome Darren! Thanks for all the hard work, and for sharing the vision. This gentle canyon is destined to work it's way into the hearts of many.
By Eric D
From: Gnarnia
Jun 12, 2012
Nice work with this place Darren! Thanks for sharing and overall making this a good-time for everyone to contribute to, it's been a blast seeing the place develop.
By Darren Mabe
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Jun 12, 2012
Big thanks also to Phil Rullman who found this hidden gem, realized the potential and brought me there last year to help put up new routes. We bolted the project above the hobo cave together as the first route. Welcome to the jungle! It has been great seeing the character of the routes develop and to give back to the positive and welcoming energy of the community.
By Darren Mabe
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Jun 27, 2012
the hobo project ("Steel Reserve") was sent yesterday by Sam Davis! way to go!
By hamlincheese
Jul 4, 2012
A few days ago, at sunset, we witnessed approximately 500 bats fly out of the hole with all the chirping on Westbound Willy. Quite a site and certainly wouldn't want to be up on route when this happens again! Stick around to see it.
By 1Eric Rhicard
Jul 9, 2012
Thanks for a great little area guys. Had a blast meeting you and climbing. Let me know when you are coming down.
By arjunmh
From: Phoenix, AZ
Jul 22, 2012
Agreed! The area is terrific and you'll have done a great job setting some really fun routes. Can't wait to get back and get on some more. Really fun meeting and climbing and thankfully the rain on sprinkled a wee bit!! Thanks for all the hard work and I'm excited to have gotten up there after hearing such good things from folks. Right on!
By JMo
From: Tucson, AZ
Jul 23, 2012
Big rock candy mountains, Darren, JJ, Colin, Phil and everyone thanks for the Branch Line
By Mark Mueller
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Jul 23, 2012
Gah! got rained out today!
By Mike Zeugirdor
Jul 24, 2012
Please pick up after your selves your mother doesnt live at this crag..or does she? either way lets keep this spot lookin good and clear of plastic bottles!
By JJ Schlick
Administrator
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Jul 26, 2012
Many of the anchors at the Hobo Jungle are designed to employ two FIXED biners. PLEASE do not take any carabiners off of any anchor, unless you are planning on immediately replacing it with one of yours.
By Tradoholic
Jul 27, 2012
I think it's good to add in big bold capital letters, DO NOT TOP ROPE ON FIXED BINERS!. Use only to lower or better yet just rappel. Good job camo-ing those as well gentleman. Might want to zip tie those biners so people get the message.
By Red
From: Arizona
Aug 27, 2012
Does anyone have beta on the route just to the right of Cat Wagon? Is it a proj? It seems to be the only route not listed here.
By Colin Cox
Aug 27, 2012
Hey Red...that's a route that Bloom and Crawley started and found to be v10 in the start, to 5.11 forced up the arete. Bolting is unfinished.
By john crawley
From: flagstaff, az
Aug 27, 2012
Red. The route will be posted and added as a project after it is finished being bolted. The route is a v7 to a v10 followed by easy, but really fun climbing.
By Red
From: Arizona
Aug 28, 2012
Thanks. That line looks sweet! ...and burl... Good luck to the FA!
By Micah Kurtz
Feb 19, 2014
Does anyone know what the conditions are like right now? Very warm weather for winter but it is on the northern side of the mountains.
By Paul Zander
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Feb 20, 2014
This is more of a guess than real info. I'm guessing the climbing conditions are great, but that the road is closed.