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Williams and Sycamore Canyon Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 7,000'
Location: 35.2515, -112.1902 View Map  Incorrect?
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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]


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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203 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',27],['3 Stars',116],['2 Stars',46],['1 Star',14],['Bomb',0]
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Classic Climbing Routes in Williams and Sycamore Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Williams and 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
Lost Highway   5.10b 6a+ 19 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
Raindance   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   Paradise Forks : Raindance Buttress
Jolly Roger   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Paradise Forks : The Prow
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   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 125'   South Side : Memorial Wall
Phantasm   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   South Side : West End Wall
Gold Finger   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad   Paradise Forks : The Gold 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 and Sycamore Canyon
Rock Climbing Photo: the seductive Bertilak.  white arrow shows tree la...

Bertilak 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a  AZ : Northern Arizona : ... : The Middle Ages
Lady Bertilak was used as a tool of seduction to test Sir Gawain's purity and strength (wiki). This long left-trending crack system may test your stamina as it progressively gets more difficult until an overhanging crux near the top. First half is a good warm up. Start with a wide chockstoned crack above a bush on a good ledge and step into a stunning black/orange stembox (5.9). Continue in a left facing dihedral with nice hand crack to a stance rest (5.7). A bit of suspect rock lies above as th...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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