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Black Gold S 
Corona S 
Dangling Monkey T 
Go With The Flow T 
Moon Juice S 
Nurse Rathcet AKA Thai Phai S 
Pickpocket T 
Red Sky T,S 
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Upper Beach Rock Climbing 

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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.

Needless to say the views are expansive, though the Chapel and the adjacent neighborhood take off a few points for sure. All in all a fun place to soak up the sun, and have some fun.

Getting There 

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.

Climbing Season

For the Church Spires Area area.

Weather station 1.4 miles from here

8 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Upper Beach

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Upper Beach:
Corona   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Nurse Rathcet AKA Thai Phai   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Black Gold   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Go With The Flow   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Red Sky   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Dangling Monkey   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 2 pitches, 100'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Leah Sandvoss on Moonjuice (5.11c), Upper Beach, C...

Moon Juice 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a  AZ : *Sedona Area : ... : Upper Beach
Moon Juice is a classic bit of sport climbing sitting high above the church, and for the grade stands out as one of the better sport pitches in Sedona. If it's cold out, this south facing route is guaranteed to warm you up one way or another.Look for the overhanging arete with huecos and large rails! Shares start with Red Sky. 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...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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Rock Climbing Photo: Tyler on an unknown route at the Upper Beach
Tyler on an unknown route at the Upper Beach
Rock Climbing Photo: manny sunning at the beach
manny sunning at the beach

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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.



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