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Basalt Butte overlooking Prescott, AZ

This area was developed back in the day.

Many climbs have "tricky pro" read this as run-out or just lots of marginal gear, lots of "two lobers"

Getting There 

head towards the basalt butte over prescott, AZ

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.3 miles from here

24 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Thumb Butte

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Thumb Butte:
Sunshine Slab   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 200'   South Face
Heart Route   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Northeast Face
Yellow Edge   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   South Face
Mecca   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Northeast Face
Quran   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Northeast Face
David's Climb   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Northeast Face
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Rock Climbing Photo: Andy Sunskis, well past the crux on Mecca.

Mecca 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  AZ : Central Arizona : ... : Northeast Face
Scramble up to the ledge (or belay from below) to the obvious splitter crack (one of the Butte's few). Funky moves lead up to a couple thin hand jams which is the crux about 10 feet up. This is quickly followed by a perfect hand crack that slowly widens as the climb progresses. Certainly one of the best climbs at the Butte.Single set of cams to 4 inches. Nuts and TCU's for anchor....[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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Rock Climbing Photo: Shark Fin
Shark Fin
Rock Climbing Photo: Flynn on Cherry Ball (5.8 PG13) This route is the ...
Flynn on Cherry Ball (5.8 PG13) This route is the ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Ben starting Dog Leg at Thumbe Butte
Ben starting Dog Leg at Thumbe Butte
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down on Mecca
Looking down on Mecca
Rock Climbing Photo: The strangest house I've ever seen, you'll get to ...
The strangest house I've ever seen, you'll get to ...

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By Zschultz
From: Prescott, AZ
Nov 3, 2014
The climber's trail that provides access to the North Side of the Butte starts off of the paved trail, just before the firefighters' shrine on the saddle. The trail is marked by a few large stakes/poles in the ground, no more than 50 feet below the shrine/saddle. The trail is pretty hard to follow, since it doesn't see much use anymore. If you see an old Rusty metal sign on a rock, you're on the right track.

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