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Areas in The Promised Land

Cactus Kiss 0 / 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Cave Area 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
River Bend Right 0 / 4 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Shot Wall 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Solomon Area 0 / 8 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Valerie's Book Area 2 / 6 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Elevation: 5,000 ft
GPS: 34.815, -112.408 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: Orphaned on Jan 20, 2006
Admins: Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick
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Description

The Promised Land is a canyon cleft in the grassy plains northeast of the city of Prescott (and basically east of Chino Valley). The rock is bullet hard (can be pretty smooth/slick in places) and features hand-friendly holds. This is a sport climbing area, so routes are well bolted. You will likely run into other climbers here, but not too many at one time.

Getting There

Drive north on highway 89 from Prescott, through Chino Valley to Perkinsville Road, then...

Courtesy of BWPete:
The Promised Land is somewhat hard to find the first time, as there are many roads which crisscross each other. Heading from Prescott take 89north into chino valley. turn right on perkinsvill road. follow perkinsvill road for a couple of miles till you come to hidden ranch road. there is a large sign out front. turn left. after a short distance the road splits, take the left road and parallel the right fork. when you come to a large area that has an eroded dirt pad with ATV tracks all over it, turn left, and follow that road (trending left) till you come to a white gate. turning right or left after the gate will take you there, but the right hand road is slightly less difficult. park in the flat dirt pad, and walk down the canyon to get to the routes. there is an approach trail marked by cairns, or the impact of just walking in the sandy wash is very low. there is great camping down canyon in the wash, be sure to follow LNT ethics.

Courtesy of Marcy:
The hidden ranch road is called "Haystack Road". I drive a Honda CRV (not 4wd) and drove in (at night) turning left after the gate. Had no issues...just a few slow spots and some new desert pinstriping. Drove out in the daytime and, not realizing until reaching the gate, took the alternate road (going out, turning right after the gate, as BWpete describes above). I agree that this road is less difficult and therfore took less travel time from parking lot to gate (also no pinstriping!).

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Promised Land

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Valerie's Book
Trad
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
Cactus Kiss
Sport, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Pizan
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Number 6
Sport, TR
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Solito
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Bunny Slope
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Nappin
Trad, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Prow
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Burning Bosch
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
The Golden Idol
Sport, TR
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Tarzan
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Solomon
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Valerie's Book Valerie's Book Area 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Cactus Kiss Cactus Kiss 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Sport, TR
Pizan Valerie's Book Area 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Number 6 River Bend Right 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, TR
Solito Valerie's Book Area 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Bunny Slope Solomon Area 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Nappin Valerie's Book Area 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, TR
Prow Valerie's Book Area 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Burning Bosch Solomon Area 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
The Golden Idol Solomon Area 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport, TR
Tarzan Valerie's Book Area 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Solomon Solomon Area 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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Recently found the area on my own and wanted to add a few extra steps to Scott's excellent directions so others don't make the same mistakes that I did:

1) All directions up to "After 8.0 miles, head through an opening in the fence and keep straight." went really well
2) After going through this opening you should go RIGHT
3) After ~0.1-0.2 miles there is a fork with a yellow gas line sign in the middle. Take the LEFT road
4) You will then go by the previously referenced windmill + water tank and keep left.
5) The road will go by an opening in a fence. Do NOT go through the fence (even though the road looks better that way). Stay LEFT. Note: there is some washout here which was the one location where high clearance was necessary.
6) Continue on this road until you see the dirt parking lot on the right. Nov 3, 2017
Mary Moser
Joshua Tree, CA
Mary Moser   Joshua Tree, CA
Does anyone know if Scott Frankel's directions are still valid? Since his post was back in 2009, I wondered if maybe things had changed. The links in the other posts from Tony in 2012 are no longer valid links. My husband and I were thinking about checking this place out next time we are in the area, so any updated information would be appreciated! Oct 6, 2017
Alex Wood
Flagstaff, Arizona
Alex Wood   Flagstaff, Arizona
What are the three routes in the canyon when you approach from the campsite? They are in the section where it narrows up and are on the right side. One is closer to wash and the other two are up the hill a little bit. Thanks in advance Nov 18, 2012
Updated map and directions to the Promised Land here:

azclimberszone.com/?p=378

Thanks to Scott for getting us there, just a few minor corrections given some of Transwestern's little changes to the area! Trip report:

azclimberszone.com/?p=359

-Tony :) Jul 20, 2012
Since this is a tricky area to find, I thought I would add some detailed directions:

From Chino Valley, turn right (East) onto the signed road for Perkinsville Road. Zero your odometer and follow the below instructions. Keep in mind that these can change and there is more than one route to this climbing area.

After 3.3 miles, the paved road ends. Keep going straight
After 4.4 miles, turn left onto the signed junction with Haystack Road.
After 5.0 miles, stay left (going right leads into a housing development)
After 6.0 miles, stay right and go through an opening in a fence and cattle guard.
After 6.5 miles, stay left at the fork.
After 6.6 miles, stay right at the fork.
After 7.2 miles, stay left and go through an opening in a fence.
After 7.4 miles, stay left at the fork.
After 7.6 miles, stay left at the fork.
After 7.7 miles, stay left again.
After 7.9 miles, stay right at the fork.
After 8.0 miles, head through an opening in the fence and keep straight.
After 8.9 miles, you’ll see a fork with a windmill and water tank on your right, turn left here. The road gets pretty rocky and rutted from this point. A high clearance vehicle is needed.
After 10.0 miles, you’ll be able to see the canyon in the distance and a primitive parking area. May 17, 2009
Fletch
Scottsdale
Fletch   Scottsdale
These directions are no longer good as the gate is gone and the area is changing rapidly. "They" appear to be putting in a gas pipeline or something so the way in has changed. I'm terrible with directions so I won't try to tell you the way in, just ask around before you go out. Apr 7, 2008
BWpete  
The promised lands are somewhat hard to find the first time, as there are many roads which crisscross each other. Heading from Prescott take 89north into chino valley. turn right on perkinsvill road. follow perkinsvill road for a couple of miles till you come to hidden ranch road. there is a large sign out front. turn left. after a short distance the road splits, take the left road and parallel the right fork. when you come to a large area that has an eroded dirt pad with ATV tracks all over it, turn left, and follow that road (trending left) till you come to a white gate. turning right or left after the gate will take you there, but the right hand road is slightly less difficult. park in the flat dirt pad, and walk down the canyon to get to the routes. there is an approach trail marked by cairns, or the impact of just walking in the sandy wash is very low. there is great camping down canyon in the wash, be sure to follow LNT ethics Nov 22, 2006

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