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The Beach Areas 

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Leah Sandvoss on the first pitch (5.10) of Swingin...


A nice, sunny cragging area with 2 main walls, the upper beach & lower beach. Great crack routes and, at the upper beach, a couple extremely nice sport routes on super hard rock. Very sunny. Stays warm pretty much all the time.

Getting There 

Park at the Mystic trailhead on Chapel Road. Approach as for the Planetarium, but stay on the trail a little past the Planetarium turn-off until you reach an obvious wash. Turn right (roughly west) and hike/slog up the steep drainage to gain the cliffs directly above The Planetarium.

12 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Beach Areas:
Scallop   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   Lower Beach
Corona   5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Upper Beach
Nurse Rathcet AKA Thai Phai   5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Upper Beach
Reef Shark   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Lower Beach
Typhoon   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Lower Beach
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Featured Route For The Beach Areas
Leah Sandvoss on Moonjuice (5.11c), Upper Beach, Church Spires, Sedona, AZ  <br />Photo by Andre Kiryanov

Moon Juice 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a  AZ : Sedona Area : ... : Upper Beach
Moon Juice is a classic bit of sport climbing sitting high above the church. Look for the overhanging arete with huecos and large rails! Start up vertical face and figure out the tricky low crux, and then pick your way past a heavily pocketed band of stone. Take a quick break at the base of the overhanging arete above you. And a few deep breaths I suppose... Climb up past amazing features on the arete and holds out right to a crux at the final bulge. Finish up crimpy slab to the original anc...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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By tdstreeter
Apr 13, 2013

what the descriptions of the beach areas fail to mention is how hard this approach really is...especially for the upper beach areas. lots of loose rock, dirt and steep hiking. great climbing, dont get me wrong but the approach can kill your appetite for hard climbing.

By Dave Meservy
Feb 22, 2014

I found a Women's sports watch at the base of the upper beach-near moon juice. If you lost it, email me back with what type of watch you lost and I will return it to you.