Stewart Pocket Rock Climbing
Stewart Pocket is a nice area with good climbing on mostly solid granite in a scenic location near Payson, AZ. It is fairly undeveloped, so there are a lot of potential FA's waiting to be done.
From the Beeline Highway & 260 intersection in Payson, take 260 east for about 1/2 mile and turn right onto Granite Dells Rd. Follow it roughly south until the road ends at a large wash & ranch. Walk across the big wash then head towards the rock formation of your choice.
Climbing Season For the Central Arizona area.
Weather station 2.5 miles from here
2 Total Climbing Routes
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Featured Route For Stewart Pocket
Dueling Bugles 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a AZ
: Central Arizona
: ... : Stewart Peak
An average first pitch leads to a short but spectacular second pitch. Climb begins on far left side of east face. P1: Take one of several starts (5.7 to 5.10-) to meet at a large boulder, then scramble behind boulder and follow the cracks/chimney to a large ledge with an old bolted belay. P2: follow the obvious dihedral up, then up and right past bolts to the bolted belay for The Blade Of Damascus. The corner is very clean and has only a few holds, but excellent stemming gets you to the top....[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
Latest Regional Forum Messages
Sep 3, 2012
The road ends 1/4 mile before the ranch and big wash. The so-called "Stewart Peak" crag is not visible from this point. I say so-called because it is not marked on the USGS topo map.
By manuel rangel
From: Tempe, Arizona
Nov 12, 2012
Good point Larry it isn't on the map. It is a simple name for the granite dome on the west edge of the pocket. Something I just called it.
The road closure is relatively new. Nice to keep the area from further degradation.