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Williams/ Sycamore Canyon Areas  


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Elevation: 7,000'
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Description 

The greater Williams area has some fine climbing indeed. Paradise Forks, Volunteer Canyon, "the land of a thousand climbs" Sycamore Point, and a newer addition, Whitetail Canyon, are all found in the sprawling forests, and majestic grasslands south of Garland Prairie, on the rim of Sycamore Canyon. These columnar basalt canyons are home to some of the best hard rock crack climbing in Arizona.

Scotty works the layback over the second cruxy bul...
Scotty works the layback over the second cruxy bulge on the flirtatious and classic Paradise Lost 5.12-, Paradise Forks.

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.
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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.

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.

Climbing Season



Weather station 0.4 miles from here

173 Total Routes

['4 Stars',25],['3 Stars',100],['2 Stars',41],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',2],['5.8',9],['5.9',29],['5.10',48],['5.11',50],['5.12',31],['5.13',4],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Williams/ Sycamore Canyon Areas:
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 HVS 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
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, 140'   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
The Prow   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch   Paradise Forks : The Prow
Green Knight   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 80'   North Side : The Middle Ages
Jungle Jive   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Paradise Forks : The Jungle 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
Hocus Focus   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13     Trad, 65'   Paradise Forks : The White Wall
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
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Featured Route For Williams/ Sycamore Canyon Areas
Steep boulder problem seems of LMA, Sine Wall, Par...

LMA 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c  AZ : Paradise Forks : The Sine Wall
LMA is one of the steepest routes at The Forks and is the crown jewel amongst the other gems on the Sine Wall. As the story goes... LMA was a last minute addition to the Bloom guidebook just as it was going to print. An ambiguous description from visiting climbers from Tucson got it into the guidebook just in time but the complete radness of the pitch was left out. The true difficulty may have been left out also...LMA climbs a low angle slab to a stance below a broken orange shield. Follow broke...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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