**Phoenix Areas Rock Climbing
Phoenix is a winter mecca and summertime is long. This large desert city is home to a substantial amount of classic climbing. Whether you are trying to escape winter, or call it home, you have plenty of options to explore some stone.
The areas covered are varied in style and rock. The granite of the McDowell Mountains and Pinnacle Peak are bastions of Traditional climbing on great rock. Both of these areas are Scottsdale City Parks, please respect the rules. No new routes are allowed in either Park.
South Mountain has great granite bouldering in one of the largest City parks. This area and Camelback are both Phoenix City Parks and have rules that allow us to use them as climbers. Please respect the Parks and we can continue to enjoy this resource.
From Phoenix you can drive in town to your favorite afternoon bouldering area or head to North Scottsdale for great granite traditional climbing.
Weather station 2.1 miles from here
640 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',27],['3 Stars',206],['2 Stars',247],['1 Star',139],['Bomb',3]
Classic Climbing Routes in **Phoenix Areas
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Unknown 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a AZ
: Central Arizona
: ... : Gargoyle Wall
This is in my opinion the best route on Camelback. It is Cambelback Chossy but the bolts are in excellent condition as of May 2014. The route is a little overbolted on some of the easier sections but well bolted for the cruxes.Pitch1: About 100 feet. 11 bolts. Crux is 3rd bolt, about 5.10a move, well protected. Rest of pitch is enjoyable 5.9. Belay ledge is on right side, off route, and easy to miss and continue climbingPitch2: About 100 feet. 12 bolts. Crux is on 3rd or 4th bolt. Very wel...[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
Sundown near the McDowells.
Travis climbing Tom's Thumb.
By Charles Porter
Jul 6, 2012
I spent about 6 months in the area and didn't get to do any real climbing. Being new to the sport I decided not to go climbing by myself in the desert, but to explore all I could instead. I'll be going back with my climbing buddy Brian some time soon. Here are just some of the pics I got on my trip.
Parts of the hills look promising.
That is one strange tree.
This was taken East of Casa Grande.
I thought this looked cool.
The following pics are from Papago Park in East Phoenix. I took a friend and his family to try some low level bouldering because they were interested in climbing. I'm not good enough to teach anyone else so I figured this was a safe start for them.
There is a surprising amount of bouldering around Phoenix if you just look.
Ty making his first go at it.