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Areas in Sedona Area

Sedona 194 / 41 / 4 / 4 / 0 / 9 / 0 / 0 / 235
Village of Oak Creek 31 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 31
West Sedona 96 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 96

Description

Sedona is a great place to rock climb - situated on the southern end of the Colorado Plateau, Sedona is known for innumerable sandstone spires and towers. While the rock is often soft and routes can be inconsistent in quality, there are many great adventures to be had. Many great cragging routes are also available, as well as bouldering and some basalt climbing at the higher elevations.

Sedona itself is a beautiful place to visit, though a bit on the touristy side. Camping can be found in both pay sites and on National Forest land nearby.

  • **** RAIN AND WET ROCK ***** As with all soft stone areas, the sandstone in SEDONA is fragile, and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Holds rip off and climbs have been and will continue to be permanently damaged due to climbers not respecting this phenomenon. After a heavy storm the rock will remain wet, sometimes for several days. PLEASE DO NOT CLIMB IN SEDONA during or after rain. A good rule of thumb is that if the ground near your climb is at all damp (and not powdery dry sand), then do not climb. There are many alternatives (limestone, granite, basalt, and plastic) nearby.

We've separated the Sedona area into three small regions;
Doing the jump-across off The Mace. I never get tired of this climb. Photo by Wednesday Hugus.

Sedona proper includes all the areas around the main part of town, including Cathedral Spires, Marges Draw, Mooses Butte, Damfino Canyon, Mormon Canyon, and much more.

West Sedona includes all those areas found on this side of town including the Dry Creek Road Areas, Coffee Pot Rock Areas, and more.
The limestone band of the second pitch is stunning in lends itself nicely to photos. Photo credit- Tim Glasby

And finally there is Oak Creek Village south of Sedona proper, which is home to such grand formations as Courthouse Butte and Oak Creek Spire.
Low on the pitch

As far as the climbing goes you will either love it or hate it. However, the beauty of the area is undeniable, and keeps a lot of us hungry for more.

Getting There

Sedona sits at the intersection of highways 179 and 89A just south of Flagstaff. Routes are spread throughout many of the spires and canyons in the area.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Sedona Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 119
Regular Route
Trad 3 pitches
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 67
Original North Face Route
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 164
Dr. Rubo's Wild Ride
Trad 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 137
Sedona's Scenic Cruise
Trad 5 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
 177
Mars Attacks
Trad, Sport 4 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 212
Original Route
Trad 5 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 54
North Face/West Crack
Trad 3 pitches
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 55
Earth Angel
Trad 6 pitches
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 33
Epitaph
Trad 3 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 47
The Windows Route
Trad 3 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 115
Coyote Tower
Trad 6 pitches
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 43
Trundler's Club
Trad 5 pitches
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 34
Wild Wild West
Trad, Sport 5 pitches
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13
 51
Space Cowboys
Trad
5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b
 46
Mission To Mars
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Regular Route Sedona > Moose's Butte Area > Queen Victoria
 119
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
Original North Face Route Sedona > … > Church Spires Area > Streaker Spire
 67
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
Dr. Rubo's Wild Ride W Sedona > Coffeepot Rock… > Summit Block Rock
 164
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 4 pitches
Sedona's Scenic Cruise Sedona > Gibraltar Rock… > Gibraltar Rock
 137
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 5 pitches
Mars Attacks W Sedona > Dry Creek Rd Area > Fin
 177
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13 Trad, Sport 4 pitches
Original Route Sedona > Cathedral Rock… > Mace
 212
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad 5 pitches
North Face/West Crack Village of Oak… > Oak Creek Spire… > Oak Creek Spire
 54
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad 3 pitches
Earth Angel Sedona > Mormon Canyon
 55
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 6 pitches
Epitaph Sedona > Moose's Butte Area > Flying Buttress
 33
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 3 pitches
The Windows Route Sedona > Steamboat Rock/… > Super Crack Tower
 47
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 3 pitches
Coyote Tower Village of Oak… > Bell Rock / Cou… > Courthouse Butte
 115
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad 6 pitches
Trundler's Club Sedona > … > E Twin Butte > Trundler's Club Buttress
 43
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad 5 pitches
Wild Wild West Sedona > Moose's Butte Area > Teapot
 34
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, Sport 5 pitches
Space Cowboys Sedona > … > W Twin Butte > Planetarium
 51
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13 Trad
Mission To Mars Sedona > … > W Twin Butte > Planetarium
 46
5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b Sport
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Weather link for Sedona, AZ: forecast.weather.gov/MapCli… Mar 10, 2012
Psych  
I'll be in town with family for only a few days in late May and would like to meet up or hire a local guide for a day of climbing in Sedona. Can anyone recommend someone to contact? I'll have only my harness and shoes, but no rack or rope. Thanks! Apr 26, 2012
manuel rangel
Arizona
manuel rangel   Arizona
Going to the party for the new guidebook!


Jun 27, 2012
ill be in sedona in march and was looking for a local climbing guide, since i will only have my shoes and a harness with me, know of anybody i could contact?? Feb 3, 2014
I'm heading to the Sedona area in late September and looking for a guide. I'm an experienced climber but just visting and have an extra day. I'd like to hook up with someone that knows the routes and area well. Any help? Jun 22, 2014
hatman
Bend, OR
hatman   Bend, OR
Hi all,
visiting a friend in Sedona. She is unable to climb with me as she is attending a conference on the above dates. Would love to find a partner so we can alternate lead 5.8, .9's and 10's, and I'll follow 11's. 541 699 9176 Ralph Oct 15, 2014
Jon Melly
Washington, District of Columb
Jon Melly   Washington, District of Columb
Looking for a climbing partner in early to mid January 2018! looking to climb the longer classics and some shorter stuff up to 5.11+ I would be willing to lead everything but am fine with splitting it up. My Instagram is @jonpmelly or DM my MP account! Nov 9, 2017

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