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Sedona 


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Elevation: 4,500'
Location: 34.8661, -111.7637 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

Sedona is a cherished land for many climbers. This soft sandstone, high desert paradise delivers multi pitch spire adventures, as well as trad and sport crags spread out across this region. Sedona proper includes such stunning formations as the Cathedral Spires, The Christianity Spires, Earth Angel Spire, Marges Draw, and many more. The list of excellent routes is long, and their call to adventure can be deafening. Whether you are dueling with the old school classics, or styling your way up a new school test piece, Sedona has something for everyone, as long as you don't mind a little grit in your teeth, and a slight nervousness in your stomach.


Getting There 

Sedona is located approximately 30 miles south of Flagstaff on hwy 89A. GPS coordinates are for the "Y" where highway 179 joins 89A.


Climbing Season


157 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Sedona:
Regular Route   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   Moose's Butte Area : Queen Victoria
Sedona's Scenic Cruise    5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 5 pitches, 700'   Gibraltar Rock
Original Route   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 5 pitches, 400'   Cathedral Rock Area : The Mace
Epitaph   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches   Moose's Butte Area : Flying Buttress
Earth Angel   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 6 pitches, 700'   Mormon Canyon
The Windows Route   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 220'   Steamboat Rock/Midgley Brid... : Super Crack Tower
Mormon Mission   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 5 pitches, 500'   Mormon Canyon
Wild Wild West   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, Sport, 5 pitches, 300'   Moose's Butte Area : The Teapot
Vortex in a Can   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 3 pitches   Cathedral Rock Area : South Mesa
Trundlers Club   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 5 pitches, 350'   Church Spires Area : Trundler's Club Buttress
The Fisher King   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 4 pitches, 380'   Marg's Draw Area : Heart of Marg's Draw.
Inception   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 5 pitches, 350'   Steamboat Rock/Midgley Brid... : Super Crack Tower
Arch Enemy   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, Sport, 6 pitches, 400'   Moose's Butte Area : Flying Buttress
Castles in the Sand   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 3 pitches, 150'   Church Wall and Religion Wa... : Church Wall
Pussy Mind Trick (PMT)   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, Sport, 4 pitches, 350'   Church Spires Area : Trundler's Club Buttress
Watchtower AKA Last Temptation   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Church Wall and Religion Wa... : Lower Religion Wall
Alpine Follies Hangover   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Church Wall and Religion Wa... : Upper Religion Wall
Southwest Face   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b A0     Trad, Aid, 3 pitches, 400'   Marg's Draw Area : King Crimson
Shangri-La   5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b     Trad, 5 pitches, 350'   Lost Canyon
Mission To Mars   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Church Spires Area : The Planetarium
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Featured Route For Sedona
Steve Grossman leading the first pitch of the Southwest Face. The route traverses right via bolts at the obvious roof to gain the continuous line of cracks above.

Southwest Face 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b A0  AZ : Sedona Area : ... : King Crimson
After several exploratory attempts to free climb the first ascent of the tower from the notch, we faced the fact that an aid climb would be required to summit. And no more spectacular aid climb could be found than the series of shallow corners that split the southwest face. In late winter, we hiked loads of aid gear into the tower, and Grossman spent the day leading the first pitch. We fixed a rope with plans to return the next day and finish, but winter arrived (note to skiers: if you ever want...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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By ozman
From: CO / NM
Mar 28, 2012

What is the best place in/near Sedona for cragging? We will have party members that are straight off the couch, so the location with the easiest ratings would be best.

By Robbie Brown
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Oct 21, 2012

pumphouse wash has easy stuff