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Northwest Pinnacles Rock Climbing 

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The Northwest Pinnacles is a name for the group of spires and formations that are found off the north side of the massive western face of the Superstitions. The most well-known of these towers is The Hand, a classic Phoenix staple since first climbed in the mid 1960's by Bill Forrest.

Getting There 

The Northwest Pinnacles are reached by hiking into the area from Lost Dutchman State Park. A veritable highway of a trail is followed from the Cholla Day Use Area along the Treasure Loop Trail (#56). There are various braided climber and tourist trails leading to the area of The Hand and The Tower that peel off of the Treasure Loop near where it turns right and goes south.

Here's a map (pdf format):

Climbing Season

For the Superstition Mountains area.

Weather station 11.3 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Northwest Pinnacles

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Northwest Pinnacles:
Razor's Edge   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   The Hand
Standard Route   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R     Trad, 2 pitches, 160'   The Tower
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Featured Route For Northwest Pinnacles
Rock Climbing Photo: Stu Ritchie glad to be at the belay of pitch 1!

Standard Route 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c AZ : Central Arizona : ... : The Tower
This is an "old-school" serious route. The first pitch climbs 25-30 feet of overhanging, unprotected rock to the first gear placement, and ends in a saddle about 40 feet higher at an old 2-bolt belay. The second pitch climbs an arete similar to that on the Razors' Edge for about 60 feet to a large block. From here, one can either move right into a loose gully and to the top, 40 feet 5.6, or swing left out onto a headwall and climb poorly protected 5.8 face to the top. A fixed rap anchor is found...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

Photos of Northwest Pinnacles Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Approaching the Hand, on the left, and the Tower, ...
BETA PHOTO: Approaching the Hand, on the left, and the Tower, ...
Rock Climbing Photo: From the summit of The Prong, looking east at The ...
From the summit of The Prong, looking east at The ...

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