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*Williams/ Sycamore Canyon Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 7,000'
Location: 35.2515, -112.1902 View Map  Incorrect?
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Don belayed by Rick leads the first ascent of the ...

Description 

The greater Williams area has some fine climbing indeed. Timeless crags such as Paradise Forks, Volunteer Canyon, "The land of a thousand climbs" Sycamore Point, and a newer addition, Whitetail Canyon, are all found on the rim of Sycamore Canyon. Sycamore Canyon is a mighty Mogollon Rim drainage tucked away in a thick Ponderosa pine forest, just south of Garland Prairie. These columnar basalt canyons are home to some of the best hard rock crack climbing in Arizona.

Rock Climbing Photo: Z. Harrison working his way up the elevator shaft ...
Z. Harrison working his way up the elevator shaft on Jungle Jive, Paradise Forks.

Photo : Blake McCord [www.blakemccordphoto.com]


Bill Williams Mt. is home to The Balls, an old school Bob Murray bouldering area, as well as some newer sport attractions. Don't miss out on Bill Williams Spire, AKA Finger Rock if you are in the mood for a small adventure.

Rock Climbing Photo: Colin Cox on the FA of Snake Legs 5.11c, Balls Wal...
Colin Cox on the FA of Snake Legs 5.11c, Balls Wall, Bill Williams Mountain.


There is some developed bouldering. The Center Pinche Area is out here, as well as, the afore mentioned Balls area, and exploratory potential.

Getting There 

Follow directions for the individual crags.

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198 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in *Williams/ Sycamore Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for *Williams/ Sycamore Canyon:
The Black Rose   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 70'   *Paradise Forks : The Obsidian Wall
Mayflower   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   *Paradise Forks : The Prow
Fool's Game   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   *Paradise Forks : The Prow
Raindance   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   *Paradise Forks : Raindance Buttress
East Of Eden   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   *Paradise Forks : The Gold Wall
Jolly Roger   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   *Paradise Forks : The Prow
Lost Highway   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 130'   North Side : Tralfamadore Buttress
Loose Lips   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   *Paradise Forks : Davidson Wall
Torpedo   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   *Paradise Forks : Davidson Wall
The Prow   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch   *Paradise Forks : The Prow
Sindarete   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 125'   South Side : Memorial Wall
Gold Finger   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad   *Paradise Forks : The Gold Wall
Phantasm   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   South Side : West End Wall
Three Turkeys   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   *Paradise Forks : Davidson Wall
Davidson Dihedral   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 55'   *Paradise Forks : Pillow Wall
Mutiny on the Bounty   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   *Paradise Forks : The Prow
Paradise Lost   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   *Paradise Forks : Davidson Wall
Nyctophiliac    5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 125'   South Side : West End Wall
Ice Cream Dreams, AKA Acid Test Crack   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   *Paradise Forks : The Gold Wall
The Equalizer   5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c R     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   *Paradise Forks : Davidson Wall
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Featured Route For *Williams/ Sycamore Canyon
Rock Climbing Photo: Scott Baxter leading on the 1st(?) ascent of East ...

East Of Eden 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b  AZ : *Paradise Forks : The Gold Wall
East of Eden is one of the Forks 5.10 classics.It's long, steep and just hard enough to be lots of fun. Start by face climbing up blocky rock to get into the steep crack system. Continue up to a section where fingers in the corner leads to a sort of "V" formed by tight hands size cracks. This is the business. Get through this and it's easier to the rim.IMHO, this is one of the MUST DO routes at the Forks....[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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