Priest Draw Rock Climbing
The broad, shallow, and grassy limestone canyons that make up these areas are the true definition of idyllic on a perfect day. The limestone here is some of the best in the states, and features naturally smooth pockets on slabby terrain to dead horizontal sheets. It is these impossibly cantilevered roofs, and the plethora of perfect pockets, slopers, and pinches that have made Priest Draw a household name in the world wide bouldering community.
The area known simply as Priest Draw, is actually several distinct draws and areas:
Priest Draw is the better known with timeless classics such as Anorexic, Floor Pie, Carnivore, The Receptionist and many, many more.
Kerry sending The Receptionist
Howard Draw is a gentle version of it's more popular neighbor. While this area doesn't boast double digit grades, it does offer up a little more solitude, and classics such as Bad Ass Roof, and The Gomez Traverse.
Lauren on Bad Ass V5, Howard Draw.
Super Roof Area is part of Priest Draw, though the shortest access is through Mountainaire. Super Roof itself is a timeless moderate roof filled with awesome holds.
Robert Drysdale spotting Dave Gershwin on the FA of Down With The Bass in 1991/1992.
These areas were first discovered and developed by the late Robert Drysdale, Ron Dawson, Dave Gershwin, and friends back in the very early 90's. It was a pretty good day when they first decided to set brush to stone out there. Since their time, dozens and dozens of test pieces have arisen.
From Flagstaff, find your way to Lake Mary Road to the south of town. Drive southeast to road 132 on the south (right) side of the highway. This road is just a bit before the Lake Mary store, and is also a popular place for road bikers to park and gather.
Follow 132 for several miles passing homes and windy road. Just after the last gathering of houses, where the road makes a distinct left jog, continue straight ahead on bumpy road to the parking and camping areas. The main trail is obvious.
Weather station 5.5 miles from here
85 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',11],['3 Stars',46],['2 Stars',24],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',1]
Classic Climbing Routes in Priest Draw
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Wifebeater V7-8 7B AZ
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Start on a couple of sloping holds and make a move to a two finger pocket, get your feet up and get ready for the hardest part, cut your right foot, campus up to a bad sloper and stick it (HARD!), then match on the left side of the dip get your left foot up and make the super hard/crux mantle....[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
Robert Drysdale spotting Dave Gershwin on the FA o...
BETA PHOTO: Priest Draw map