The Upper Beach is a winter time getaway which faces pretty much due south. Located on the high tannish band of stone above the Chapel of the Cross, this crag has a handful of clever routes both trad and sport. The rock is very good for Sedona and sports ripple crimps, bomber huecos, deep pockets, and crisp cracks at angles that will surprise you.
After reaching the Lower beach, continue hiking south along the base of the cliff to the end of the wall. Continue around the corner to the east and head up the first steep gully you encounter. Scramble up this gully to the base of the wall. For more routes & better rock, head right.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Upper Beach:
Pickpocket 5.9+ Trad, 1 pitch, 90 feet
Corona 5.9+ Sport, 1 pitch, 70 feet
Nurse Rathcet AKA Thai Phai 5.10 Sport, 1 pitch, 60 feet
Red Sky 5.11 Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80 feet
Go With The Flow 5.11+ Trad, 1 pitch, 90 feet
Moon Juice 5.11+ Sport, 1 pitch, 80 feet
Dangling Monkey 5.12- Trad, 2 pitches, 100 feet
Featured Route For Upper Beach
Moon Juice 5.11+ 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