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The Mine Area was one of the first to be developed for sport climbing out at Queen Creek. Routes are sort of a mixed bag from pocketed to edgey. There are lots of moderates around the Mine Area which makes it popular for climbers.

The general Mine Area consists of a few different clusters of formations with the main areas being Upper Looner Land, Lower Looner Land, The Magma Gardens, The Arena, and Apache Leap.

Getting There Suggest change

Drive up the road out of Superior, go through the tunnel for another mile and a half to a sign that marks the turnoff to Oak Flat Campground. Turn right and follow this paved road as it weaves up to the Magma Mine (probably some other name nowadays). About a hundred yards short of the actual mine entrance on the left, there's a small parking lot just off the road.

To get to the Mine Area, hike the dirt road that heads generally south out of the parking lot. This will go south and then curve back to the west. Continue west up the wash and that will put you in Lower Looner Land. Upper Looner Land is basically a few hundred yards west and a bit north of the westernmost Lower Looner formations.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Mine Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 56
Snorkeling in the Rhyolite
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 18
Ol' Solo Mio
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 43
Strawberry Razzle Tea
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 24
BSTB
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 13
Raging Inferno
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 114
Ride the Wild
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 29
Moon Floss
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 7
Grand Titon
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 6
More This Than That
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13
 13
Roto Evaporator
Sport
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 19
The Newcomer
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 20
Rancid
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 23
Grasping For Straws
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 16
Spinal Tap
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 18
Three Bulges and a Baby
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Snorkeling in the Rhyolite Lower Looner Land
 56
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Sport
Ol' Solo Mio Upper Looner Land
 18
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Strawberry Razzle Tea Lower Looner Land
 43
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
BSTB Magma Gardens
 24
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Raging Inferno Magma Gardens
 13
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Ride the Wild Lower Looner Land
 114
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Moon Floss Lower Looner Land
 29
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Grand Titon Lower Looner Land
 7
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
More This Than That Lower Looner Land
 6
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Roto Evaporator Magma Gardens
 13
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13 Sport
The Newcomer Lower Looner Land
 19
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Rancid Magma Gardens
 20
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Grasping For Straws Lower Looner Land
 23
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Spinal Tap Upper Looner Land
 16
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Three Bulges and a Baby Lower Looner Land
 18
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
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