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**Phoenix Areas Rock Climbing 


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Description 

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.

Getting There 

From Phoenix you can drive in town to your favorite afternoon bouldering area or head to North Scottsdale for great granite traditional climbing.

Climbing Season



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]
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Classic Climbing Routes in **Phoenix Areas

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for **Phoenix Areas:
Unknown Handcrack   V-easy 3     Boulder, 1 pitch, 20'   McDowell Mountains : Girlie Man Area
Hookers are fun!   V2 5+     Boulder   Pima Canyon Area : Entrance Boulders
Elephant Tree   V6 7A     Boulder   Pima Canyon Area : The Amphitheatre
Mother of Invention   V7 7A+     Boulder, 1 pitch, 15'   Superstition Mountains : The Fortress
West Chimney   5.0 2- 4 I 6 MM 1c     Trad, 4 pitches   Superstition Mountains : Weavers Needle
South Crack   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   Pinnacle Peak : Pinnacle Peak
Quaker Oats   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   McDowell Mountains : Sven Slab
One for the Road   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   McDowell Mountains : Sven Slab
Hanging Gardens   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 2 pitches   McDowell Mountains : Gardeners Wall
East Face   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Camelback Mountain : The Praying Monk
Razor's Edge   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   Northwest Pinnacles : The Hand
Birthday Party   5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 55'   Pinnacle Peak : Pinnacle Peak
The Long Lead   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   Superstition Mountains : Barks Canyon Wall
Beat Feet   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   McDowell Mountains : Morrell's Wall
Donamatrix   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 2 pitches, 200'   Camelback Mountain : The Headwall
Spinal Tap   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 150'   Sven Towers : Sven Tower 3
Chimera   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Sport, 2 pitches, 230'   Camelback Mountain : Gargoyle Wall
Leave It To Beaver   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 90'   McDowell Mountains : Morrell's Wall
Aerial Combat   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13     Sport, 3 pitches, 240'   Camelback Mountain : Gargoyle Wall
Spice Box   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Sport, 3 pitches, 225'   Camelback Mountain : The Headwall
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Featured Route For **Phoenix Areas
Rock Climbing Photo: First pitch crux

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

Photos of **Phoenix Areas Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Sundown near the McDowells.
Sundown near the McDowells.
Rock Climbing Photo: Travis climbing Tom's Thumb.
Travis climbing Tom's Thumb.
Rock Climbing Photo:
Rock Climbing Photo: Quintessential Supes.
Quintessential Supes.

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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.

Rock Climbing Photo: Parts of the hills look promising.
Parts of the hills look promising.


Rock Climbing Photo: That is one strange tree.
That is one strange tree.


Rock Climbing Photo: This was taken East of Casa Grande.
This was taken East of Casa Grande.


Rock Climbing Photo: I thought this looked cool.
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.


Rock Climbing Photo: Brandon and his boys.
Brandon and his boys.



Rock Climbing Photo: There is a surprising amount of bouldering around ...
There is a surprising amount of bouldering around Phoenix if you just look.



Rock Climbing Photo: Fun
Fun



Rock Climbing Photo: Ty making his first go at it.
Ty making his first go at it.



Rock Climbing Photo: Break time.
Break time.
By Richard Edwards
Aug 7, 2015

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