Elevation: 3,623 ft
GPS: 33.174, -110.782 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Hendrixson on Feb 28, 2006 with improvements by CASA Climbing Assn. of So. AZ and 1 other
Admins: Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick, Greg Opland
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Access Issue: Portions of the approach and cliffs of this area are on private land. Details

Description

The Homestead features limestone sport climbing in a remote, serene, desert setting. There are presently over 250 single pitch routes ranging in difficulty from 5.7 to 5.13b. A 70 meter rope and 16-20 quickdraws are recommended. The canyon consists of multiple walls, each with its own style and sun aspect. Tufa City, Rough Rider Wall, and North Buttress are perhaps the most glorious walls.

Please consider supporting the Access Fund's Homestead Campaign.

Getting There

To obtain directions on a map download this KMZ file, which can be viewed with Google Earth.

The Homestead is between Globe and Winkelman on Arizona State Highway 77. From Winkelman take State Highway 77 north for 13 miles. At mile marker 153 slow down and look for the passing lane to end and the road to head slightly downhill. Immediately before the guardrail turn right and drive down a short hill to a gate. This gate is marked with a white sign that reads "Close Gate Behind You" in red letters. The turn off is before Dripping Spring Road.

While the road was seriously improved by the Access Fund in March of 2016, a 4WD vehicle with high clearance is still recommended. To illustrate this point, a Honda CRV became stuck within hours of the road upgrades. If you lack an off-road vehicle make an immediate left to park. Please ensure that you are not blocking the road or access to ranch equipment. From here hike up the road (30-40 mins) to the upper Access Fund camping area.

If you are fortunate enough to have an off-road capable vehicle, continue down the road. The drive will ease after the first uphill crux section. Please drive in a lower gear, avoid spinning your tires, and maintain a reasonable speed to keep the road in good condition for everyone. Park at the upper Access Fund camping area.

From the Homestead kiosk, hike the .4 mile trail to the other side of the dirt road. Walk the road to the beginning of the trail that will take you to the crags. At the fork turn left/uphill to reach Finland Terrace, Tufa City, and Marley Wall. Continue straight/downhill to reach the other walls. Slate Nation and Mouse Wall are accessed from either trail.

Please don't drive past the Access Fund campground through the other gates as this is private property. Close all gates. Do not jeopardize future access.

Homestead Map

Homestead Road after Access Fund Conservation Team repairs on 2016-03-06.

Guides

  • John Hinrichsen created a supplement to Louie Anderson's PDF. It combined with Mountain Project is the best beta. The topos are available on Mountain Project and the PDF can be here.
  • Louie Anderson published a PDF in 2007. This guide was the best reference for a number of years. It is high quality but is now missing many routes.
  • The Homestead by Marty Karabin is a foldout pocket guide. This topo tends to be available at the Arizona Hiking Shack, Summit Hut, and REI for $5. Written in 2007 this guide is grossly out-of-date and not recommended.
  • The Homestead: Arizona Limestone. This out-of-date guide does not list a date or author. It is presently available here.

234 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Homestead

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 52
Roughians
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 44
Riders on the Swarm
Sport 2 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 60
John's Meat Market (aka: Fred's…
Sport
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 41
Appetite For Destruction
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 43
Morning Mate
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 57
Tufa-one
Sport
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 41
Ground Effects
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 46
Couples Fear Factor
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 80
Tufa Yard Dash
Sport
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 30
The Rough Rider
Sport
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 30
Great Northern
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 21
One With Everything
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 55
Micro Burst
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 64
Cold Fusion
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 24
Dead Sea
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Roughians Rough Rider Wall
 52
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Riders on the Swarm Rough Rider Wall
 44
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport 2 pitches
John's Meat Market (aka: F… Tufa City
 60
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Appetite For Destruction N Buttress
 41
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Morning Mate Rough Rider Wall
 43
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Tufa-one Tufa City
 57
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Ground Effects Tufa City
 41
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Couples Fear Factor Tufa City
 46
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Tufa Yard Dash Tufa City
 80
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
The Rough Rider Rough Rider Wall
 30
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
Great Northern N Buttress
 30
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
One With Everything Rough Rider Wall
 21
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Micro Burst Tufa City
 55
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Cold Fusion Rough Rider Wall
 64
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Dead Sea Tufa City
 24
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
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