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*Williams/ Sycamore Canyon Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 7,000'
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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]

Rock Climbing Photo: JJ turning the lip of the roof on the FA of Raptur...
JJ turning the lip of the roof on the FA of Rapture 5.10, though it's super classic 5.9 at this point. John Burcham with an attentive belay down low. Volunteer Canyon.
Wade Forrest Photo



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 

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Climbing Season



Weather station 0.4 miles from here

192 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',30],['3 Stars',106],['2 Stars',46],['1 Star',10],['Bomb',0]
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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
Fool's Game   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   *Paradise Forks : The Prow
Mayflower   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   *Paradise Forks : The Prow
Jolly Roger   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   *Paradise Forks : The Prow
Raindance   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   *Paradise Forks : Raindance Buttress
Lost Highway   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 130'   North Side : Tralfamadore Buttress
East Of Eden   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   *Paradise Forks : The Gold Wall
Torpedo   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   *Paradise Forks : Davidson Wall
Loose Lips   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   *Paradise Forks : Davidson Wall
Sindarete   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 125'   South Side : Memorial Wall
The Prow   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch   *Paradise Forks : The Prow
Phantasm   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   South Side : West End Wall
Gold Finger   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad   *Paradise Forks : The Gold Wall
Three Turkeys   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   *Paradise Forks : Davidson Wall
Mutiny on the Bounty   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   *Paradise Forks : The Prow
Davidson Dihedral   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 55'   *Paradise Forks : Pillow Wall
Paradise Lost   5.12- 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: Heather Hayes slotting wireds on Mayflower Direct-...

Mayflower Direct 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13  AZ : *Paradise Forks : The Prow
Mayflower Direct starts just to the left of the 5.9 Mayflower, directly under the hand crack. The 11+ section of this variation is stemmy, smeary, slippery, and hard to protect! With that said it is still very enticing. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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