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Areas in Superstition Mountains

Acropolis, The 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Barks Canyon Wall 9 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
Carney Springs Wall 3 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Fish Creek 2 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Flatiron 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Fortress, The 8 / 3 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 11
Great Leaders of the World Wall 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Hobgoblin Spires 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Iceberg, The 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 4
Labyrinth, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Miners Needle 19 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 20
Mirage, The 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Nine Turtle Stack 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Northwest Pinnacles 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Nosepicker Pinnacles 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Siphon Dome 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Sisyphus Pinnacles 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Suction Gully 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Terrapin Throne 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Twilight Pinnacle 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Verglas Point 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Vertigo Spire 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Weavers Needle 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Wild Horse Wall 13 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 14
Zonerland 1 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Access Issue: PLACING BOLTS IS ILLEGAL IN THE SUPERSTITION WILDERNESS! Details

Description

The Superstition Mountains, aka Sierra De La Spuma (Mountains of Foam) are located just east of the Phoenix metro area. Most of the Supes is designated wilderness area and you can really get away from it all if that's your desire. The rock is volcanic in nature and can be pretty bad in places, but most of the established routes in the area are found on at least decently stable rock. Always keep an eye out for those portable holds, though.

The routes in the Supes are virtually all traditional in nature, both gear and the bolted routes. The best multipitch in the area is found on Barks Canyon Wall with several really nice moderate routes.

Getting There

The Superstitions sit just north of highway 60 as it heads east from Phoenix, to Globe. Climbing in the area mainly starts out either from Lost Dutchman State Park just off highway 88 (the Apache Trail) or from the Peralta Trailhead, accessed off highway 60 (watch for sign) via a 7 mile dirt road.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Superstition Mountains

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V7 7A+
 8
Mother of Invention
Boulder
5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c
 47
West Chimney
Trad 4 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 70
Razor's Edge
Trad 3 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 9
De Grazia
Trad 5 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 21
Spider Walk
Trad 4 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 37
The Long Lead
Trad 3 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
 3
The Odyssey
Trad 5 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 12
Grandfather Hobgoblin
Trad 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 5
Big Bruno
Trad 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 3
El Grungo
Trad 4 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 3
Tone of a Bell
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13
 10
Stroke it Gently
Trad 4 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 6
Sidewinder
Trad 3 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 22
Field of Dreams
Trad 5 pitches
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 3
Stardust
Trad, Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Mother of Invention Fortress
 8
V7 7A+ Boulder
West Chimney Weavers Needle
 47
5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c Trad 4 pitches
Razor's Edge Northwest Pinna… > Hand
 70
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 3 pitches
De Grazia Carney Springs Wall
 9
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 5 pitches
Spider Walk Suction Gully
 21
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 4 pitches
The Long Lead Barks Canyon Wall
 37
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 3 pitches
The Odyssey Acropolis
 3
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R Trad 5 pitches
Grandfather Hobgoblin Hobgoblin Spires
 12
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 4 pitches
Big Bruno Barks Canyon Wall
 5
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 4 pitches
El Grungo Weavers Needle
 3
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 4 pitches
Tone of a Bell Zonerland
 3
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Stroke it Gently Barks Canyon Wall
 10
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13 Trad 4 pitches
Sidewinder Flatiron
 6
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 3 pitches
Field of Dreams Flatiron
 22
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad 5 pitches
Stardust Fortress
 3
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad, Sport
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hEY, ANY CLIMBING IN THE FISH CREEK AREA UP PAST TORTILLA FLATS?? Mar 11, 2010
Jon B  
I was out there a month ago. All I can say is that I saw several bolted routes @ fish creek, below the bridge to the south. I was not there to climb, so I have no idea what the range of difficulty may be. I would only think about it, if I was going out there to hike first, and if I had my gear maybe give something a go. Long drive for a few climbs. Unless of course you are looking for scary choss, death climbs, there are FA's awaiting. A very cool remote place nonetheless. Just not a climbing destination. Mar 16, 2010
roman d
Pasadena, CA
roman d   Pasadena, CA
There are bolts of varying vintage on the 500' face just south of the road xing that follow a water streak most of the way to the top. I came in from the top last February and rapped down in 3 or 4 double rope raps. There is a newish 3 bolt chain anchor at the top, followed by a shitty three bolt anchor with pop-tab hangers and rusty chains, and then newer anchors below.

The lower 2-300' looks pretty mellow with good bolts, while the upper section looks much harder with scary bolts. Some pictures here Mar 17, 2010
This is a video of Taylor Fowler on one the bouldering problems out in the Superstition Mountains.
vimeo.com/35921536 May 3, 2012
Tim Heid   AZ
Has anyone been out to the Labyrinth area recently? Any tips on getting there? Feb 8, 2013

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