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Lake Mary Areas Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 7,000'
Location: 35.1128, -111.5826 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Greg Opland, James DeRoussel, JJ Schlick, Hendrixson, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: JJ Schlick on Aug 16, 2008
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The bouldering areas above Lower Lake Mary consist of the long stretching, intermittent limestone band that runs from the Pit on the west, all the way to FR 128 on the east, where the limestone finally peaters out, and basalt starts to take over. FR 128 marks the start of Anderson Mesa, a basalt cap that dominates much of the north side of Upper Lake Mary. There are miles of basalt outcroppings above the highway, but the most traveled area is above the Lakeview Campground.

These are old areas that have been climbed at for a long time, by a lot of good climbers. Robert Drysdale and friends established the Booze Pig Wall in the early 90's, along side the early development of Priest Draw. Most of these bands remain exploratory at this point, and have become overgrown. However, there are several areas that are more condensed, cleaned, and offer up a good concentration of excellent problems with often moderate grades on superb rock.

There are probably hundreds of undocumented problems at the Ridge.

Rock Climbing Photo: JJ sticking the classy move to the perfect finger ...
JJ sticking the classy move to the perfect finger bucket on Booze Pig, while Shuggie and Seth Dyer sort the pads. 2015

The southern aspect makes these areas a real treat in the fall, spring, and even in the dead of winter depending upon the year. All of these areas are accessed off of Lake Mary road, with short uphill approaches, and views of Lower and Upper Lake Mary, as well as Mormon Mountain off to the south east. These areas will require seasonal cleanings, especially after winter and the monsoons. If you get up there and find a fine layer a silt over everything, rest well in the knowledge that you are the first person up there in probably a long time. Usually a stick brush or broom will suffice to get rid of the surface silt, though having a short rope and harness to inspect the higher problems isn't a bad idea.

Getting There 

Lake Mary Road is just south of Flagstaff, and the same road to access The Pit. Drive east on Lake Mary Road until you hit the very west end of Lower Lake Mary. Check the Drysdale Trail page for more detailed parking information.

The other areas are east a ways down the road, and you can see their individual pages for more detailed directions.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.7 miles from here

124 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',22],['3 Stars',73],['2 Stars',27],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Lake Mary Areas

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Lake Mary Areas:
Tomorrow Never Comes   V2 5+     Boulder, 15'   The Drysdale Trail : H. The Booze Pig Wall
Still Waters   V2 5+     Boulder, 12'   The Stone Cove : The Cove Wall
Undercling Fling   V2-3 5+     Boulder, 15'   The Drysdale Trail : H. The Booze Pig Wall
Streets of Laredo   V3 6A     Boulder   The Drysdale Trail : J. Long Ryders Wall
Backwaters   V3+ 6A+     Boulder, 12'   The Stone Cove : The Cove Wall
On Liquor I Spent My Last Dime   V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   The Drysdale Trail : H. The Booze Pig Wall
Booze Pig   V6 7A     Boulder, 18'   The Drysdale Trail : H. The Booze Pig Wall
The Bottle Is A Bible   V7 7A+     Boulder, 15'   The Drysdale Trail : H. The Booze Pig Wall
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By Jason Funk
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Jul 13, 2009
This is great exploratory bouldering, especially for the colder months. I used to live in Flag a few years ago and would be amazed that hardly anyone had the energy to hike a little bit off the beaten path, funny considering the masses at the draw and the pit close by. Glad to see some interest in the area.
By Jeff Ludwig
From: phoenix, Az
Mar 23, 2011
The Lake Mary area has the best limestone bouldering on the planet. As difficult it may be to step away from the Draw, kudos to the new climbers that are keeping alive the Land of High Bouldering.
By David Gershwin
From: San Diego, CA.
Dec 31, 2011
I agree with Jeff, and cheers to JJ for compiling, sorting through, and condensing all the (sometimes conflicting) info on this area. Not only have you established some great-looking problems up there, but you've done an excellent job of researching and documenting the climbing history of this special place. Thanks, David
By JJ Schlick
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Dec 31, 2011
Thanks David. When it comes to the Ridge, it is my pleasure. Rob and I grew up in the same town, though he died the year I started climbing, so we never had a chance to meet in person. However, I heard many a story about the "Condor" as they called him back in Wisconsin. He was obviously talented on the stone, but also had the keen eye for good lines. The latter, being a skill our mutual mentor Dave Groth instilled in both of us. And thank god he did. I think Rob would be psyched to see the sports action going down, as Flagstaff starts to remember this timeless stone.

By JJ Schlick
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Apr 11, 2015
As some you can tell I've done a little reorganizing, and added some walls so folks know this stuff is here.

As always, please correct any info, and please dig out those old photos, and stories. Let's see 'em, and let's hear 'em.

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