Elevation: 5,209 ft
GPS: 34.591, -112.421 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Kevin Keith on Jan 19, 2006 with improvements by b garrett
Admins: Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick

Description

Just east and a bit north of the city of Prescott is this incredibly beautiful and vast field of rounded granite formations. From a good vantage point, the sight of the Dells just before sunset is worth a hefty admission fee. The rock is a medium-grained desert granite that tends to be a bit grainy on some formations.

Rusty Ballie and Thank God.

For years, most of the climbing in the area was done in the High Rappel Dell area, which has seen it's share of access issues. This area features mostly traditional routes on skin-rending rock. More recently, climbers have established routes within the formations on the north shore of Watson Lake with bolt-protected sport routes and the area continues to gain popularity.

Please be aware that access to the High Rappel Dell area sort of comes and goes, so tread lightly and be accomodating in case of conflict.

Also, there is a new guidebook available for the Dells: The Granite Dells Climbing Guide. It has several hundred routes, and it is an invaluable resource for climbing here.

Getting There

Both of the Dells areas are located off highway 89, a few miles north of the intersection of 89 and highway 69 into Prescott.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Granite Dells

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 34
Quartz Movement
Trad, Sport, TR
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 6
Caravan
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 34
Guillotine
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 46
French Tickler
Trad
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 14
Dam Classic (aka The Dam Crack)
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 52
Co-op Crack
Trad 2 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 19
Monarch
Trad, Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 3
Western Flyer
Sport 3 pitches
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c PG13
 4
Aid Route
Trad
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 11
West Nile
Trad
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 3
Seven Minutes in Heaven
Trad
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 9
Thank God
Trad, Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 11
Sinister Exaggerator
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 6
Non-Dairy Screamer
Sport
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 10
Fred
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Quartz Movement Watson Lake > W Shore > Time Zone
 34
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, Sport, TR
Caravan Granite Gardens > Oasis > Grotto
 6
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Guillotine Granite Gardens > High Rappel Area > Corridor
 34
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
French Tickler Granite Gardens > High Rappel Area > Co-op Crack Area
 46
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Dam Classic (aka The Dam Cr… Below the Dam > Dam Wall
 14
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Trad
Co-op Crack Granite Gardens > High Rappel Area > Co-op Crack Area
 52
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 2 pitches
Monarch Watson Lake > W Shore > Thor's Wall
 19
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Sport
Western Flyer Below the Dam > Bridge Wall
 3
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport 3 pitches
Aid Route Granite Gardens > High Rappel Area > Main Wall Right
 4
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c PG13 Trad
West Nile Below the Dam > Dam Wall
 11
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
Seven Minutes in Heaven Granite Gardens > Oasis > Driftwood Wall
 3
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
Thank God Granite Gardens > High Rappel Area > Main Wall Right
 9
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad, Sport
Sinister Exaggerator Watson Lake > W Shore > Thor's Wall
 11
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Non-Dairy Screamer Granite Gardens > High Rappel Area > Main Wall Right
 6
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Fred Granite Gardens > High Rappel Area > Main Wall Left
 10
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad
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