The Doctor's Office Rock Climbing
Megan at the crux of Short Asst
The Doctor's Office is a narrow corridor between two large fins of rock that houses a bunch of fairly new bolted lines (and a few trad and mixed lines as well). The Pharmacy is the upper part of the same corridor (blocked off by a huge chockstone) that is easily accessed via a rebar ladder. The southern wall is generally vertical to slightly overhanging and offers pocketed and edgey sandstone climbing on less than perfect rock. The northern wall has mostly slabby climbing on black rock. This area gets all day shade and remains cool even in the summer heat.
The Doctor himself has helped to sort out the routes here, and for now they start on the south side of the canyon and horseshoe around and end on the north side.
Located down below The Book of Friends. Drive to the well-signed Cave Springs Campground (2 miles from the bottom of the switchbacks) and park. Walk to the bridge just in from the entrance, and from the northwest corner of the bridge locate a trail that heads NW up a small hillside in the direction of the obvious Book of Friends dihedral. This trail skirts around the hillside and then follows the edge of a wash all the way up into the corridor. Hiking time is about 10 minutes.
Climbing Season For the *Oak Creek Canyon area.
Weather station 2.4 miles from here
29 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',18],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in The Doctor's Office
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Doctor's Office :
House Calls 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Tourette's 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
Shock Doc 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
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Excited Delirium 5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b AZ
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Balancey, bearhuggy, gritstonesque climbing with two bolts gets you to a great rest ledge. Charge your batteries and launch into overhanging flared hands in a tight leaning right facing corner. The business is difficult flared fingers and body scumming over a bulge. Mantle over to another great rest. Finish with a fun, strenuous stembox with two bolts....[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
David gets the anchors on a new 12a in the Office....
Looking up into the Doctor's Office
BETA PHOTO: The Pharmacy topo (located in the upper slot near ...
BETA PHOTO: This is 1 of 2 new topos for the Doctor's Office. ...
Looking across at the 250-foot South Wall of the D...
BETA PHOTO: This is 2 of 2 new topos for The Doctor's Office. ...
Beautiful crag with beautiful lines.
From: Bishop, CA
Jun 2, 2008
Be aware: it should be at least 85 degrees in Sedona to climb at the Doctor's Office. It is in a narrow slot canyon, creating a swamp-cooler effect. If it is 90 in Sedona, the DO will be a perfect 75 degrees.
NOTE: PLEASE WAIT A DAY OR TWO TO CLIMB AT THE DOCTOR'S OFFICE AFTER A RAIN!
The area is sandstone, and becomes brittle when wet.
By susan peplow
From: Joshua Tree
Jun 4, 2008
Walking for those Sedona towers is over-rated. A short jaunt to the Dr's Area & RX is certainly worthy and can provide some nice shade.
Heads up about bringing pooches to the crag. The trail is OK but the nature of the base, large blocks and 4th class scrambling is pretty difficult even for the experienced rock hound.
Routes can be a bit sandy.... but that said not much traffic and, well, they are sandstone.
From: Bishop, CA
Jun 21, 2008
The original hand-drawn topo has been replaced with an up-dated one. Additionally, most routes have sandstone plaques at the base giving the rating of the route by number (not letter (i.e., 11-,11,11+)
Also, bring your Red Rocks Pass or display a golden eagle, access pass, or other NF pass. There is no ticketing, but warnings have been issued!
By Lorenzo Tragen
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Aug 21, 2011
As a pharmacist, I would like to thank the developers of this area. The topos are great and the routes look awesome. I can't wait to jump on all routes I can, especially my namesake. And, the America the Beautiful pass is a great deal at only $80 for unlimited entrance to all national parks.
By john crawley
From: flagstaff, az
Oct 24, 2012
Kevin, the line is there to lower stuff out, not to rap on. The cans are there from early developers who stored their equipment in them. They were washed out from their stash spots during the monsoons.