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 now 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.
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.
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.
These areas were discovered/developed by the late Robert Drysdale, Ron Dawson, and friends. It was a pretty good day when they first decided to set brush to stone out there.
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
83 Total Routes
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The Receptionist V10 7C+ AZ
: Northern Arizona
: ... : Mars Roof
Crawl into the cave and begin at a wide pocket far back in the roof (starting feet out is acceptable.) Aiming for the obvious tufa pinch on the headwall, navigate the complex maze of pockets to an undercling and sloper at the lip, then set feet and pull a difficult cross to the pinch. Bump right along more underclings; one more frequently heartbreaking throw gains the good holds at the lip. This complex and sustained line is super fun and understandably popular....[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
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