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Shared By: Mike on Jul 5, 2007
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Winslow Wall is a wonderful little crag tucked away in an unlikely location. Those willing to do the drive and complicated approach & exit will be rewarded with a beautiful, secluded canyon filled with many sport & trad routes that scale the steep sandstone walls.

The rock is mostly very good sandstone, and often covered with a hard, dark patina a la Red Rocks. Trad routes tend to be steep, splitter-style cracks with occasional face holds and good pro. The sport routes are generally steep, and often feature patina crimps and/or technical face climbing. Winslow Wall is also known for “scoop” routes that feature technical stemming through 1 or more scoops – body to bus sized huecos.

The prime season to climb at Winslow Wall is late Spring through mid-Fall. The water levels are generally too high during early to mid Spring, and late Fall can be too cold in the canyon. The hottest summer days can be nice if you chase the shade. Most routes are single pitch, but there are a few 2 pitch routes to be found. To my knowledge all single pitch routes can be climbed with a single 70 meter rope, and for many 60 is adequate. Although there are a few easier routes, enough for a day or so, most routes are solid 5.10 or higher.

To the best of my knowledge, early routes at Winslow Wall were of crack lines, most notably The Kingsnake, The Hanging Judge, Darkstar, and Stick It. First ascensionists include Tim & Larry Coats, John Steiger, Ray Ringle, Jim Haisley, Tim Toula, Stan Mish, and others. Later on several sport lines were developed on the faces between the cracks. First ascensionists include David Bloom, Rodney Blakemore, Doug Lafarge, Rich Ludwig, Chris Hahn, and others. There is still a tiny bit of FA potential in the main area. There is a ton of FA potential up-stream from the rap in gulley, but you will want a boat (a small inflatable works best) as the water gets deep. Please do not bolt near gear placements, squeeze between routes, or alter existing routes.
Morning at canyon rim, as viewed from the camping area.
There is a small amount of primitive camping at the parking area. If the camping is full one can drive a short bit back the way they came in to find some other camping spots. However, if camping up the road please make sure you are not doing so on private property. The area is barren, so expect exposure to wind/sun/etc... There are no toilets, water spigots, trash cans, or designated campsites. Pack out ALL trash. Use existing fire rings instead of making more. Take proper pooping precautions. Don't trample or otherwise damage vegetation. You know the routine.
Winslow Walling...
Winslow Wall is an isolated, delicate, environmentally sensitive, & incredibly beautiful area. Please keep it that way. Please pack out EVERYTHING you bring in. Please poop only above the rim.

A few considerations:
-Watch out for occasional patches of poison ivy in the canyon.
-Please avoid excessive chalk & clean off any tick-marks before you leave.
-The area is occasionally used by boaters floating up from Ft. McHood. Please be courteous & considerate of them.
-The darker rock is often harder than the lighter rock, but not always.
-A couple of the older routes on the West Wall have anchors atop the 1st pitch, but climbing the second pitch requires topping out, walking downstream on the rim to the end of the climbing area, scrambling down another gulley, then rappelling back into the canyon.

Getting There

To get there: Start on highway 87. Turn east on highway 99 (1/2 mile south of Winslow) and drive for about 6 miles, passing over the Ft. McHood bridge (east Clear Creek) along the way. At the 6 mile mark there is a left hand turn, which is the signed Territorial Road. Just after this is a fence on the right. Immediately after the fence is a dirt road to the right. Turn right on this dirt road and follow it for about ¾ mile as it parallels the aforementioned fence. Some of this road is on private property, and continued access is appreciated, so please be very respectful of the area. After almost mile the road comes to a Y. Bear left at the Y (leaving the fence) and follow this road for about ¾ mile until it ends. Park here.

At this point you will be able to see the canyon below. Follow an obvious trail that parallels the canyon rim for a short while (maybe 1/3 mile) to a small slot leading into the canyon. Scramble down this for a short way to reach the fixed rappel & haul lines. Rap in & enjoy! Most of the routes are to the right (downstream) of the rappel, but there are a few great ones to the left also. To exit, most people either climb out the rappel gulley (5.4-ish) using a gri-gri on the fixed ropes, or just jug the fixed ropes. One can also climb out via a few routes that top out.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Winslow Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
The Girlfriend Route Direct
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Slim Shady
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Stick It
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Standin On A Corner
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Bro Job
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
The Winsloner
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Has Bro
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
The Hanging Judge
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Slap My Fro
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Atlas Shrugged
5.13b/c 8a+ 29 X- 30 E7 6c
Picture Me Rollin'
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Girlfriend Route Direct E Side
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Kingsnake W Side
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Darkstar W Side
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Slim Shady W Side
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Stick It W Side
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Standin On A Corner E Side
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Mulva E Side
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Bro Job W Side
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Aqua-Vulva E Side
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
The Winsloner W Side
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Has Bro W Side
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
The Hanging Judge W Side
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad
Slap My Fro W Side
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Atlas Shrugged E Side
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Picture Me Rollin' W Side
5.13b/c 8a+ 29 X- 30 E7 6c Sport
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manuel rangel
manuel rangel   Arizona
Get Tim Toula's guide to northern AZ, it will get you to WW and identify the trad lines. None of the sport lines are in print yet. When driving south on 99 turn right on dirt road after Territorial Road. Drive on the south side of the fence til you reach the canyon, gets rocky, then turn left along the rim to the parking area. Sep 10, 2007
Anyone know the names of the three prominent aretes on the west wall way downstream (almost to the reservoir)? They are a bit past the scoop routes, and on the west side. We always call them the 'three aretes' but im sure they have names.

Also, which of the two scoop routes is Mulva..? The left or right? And what is the name of the other one? Aug 10, 2008
Aquavulva 11c is on the right, Mulva is on the left.

The three bolted arete I think you are referring to are:

left to right:

Vanilla Voodoo 11c - 11 bolts
Beer Snake 12a - 9 bolts
Barracuda 12b - don't have a bolt count

Any more questions? Just PM me. Jul 2, 2009
Justin Turner
Cave Creek, AZ
Justin Turner   Cave Creek, AZ
Updated Directions

1.) From the 87, turn east onto the AZ-99
2.) Travel for 5.9 miles. At 5.9 miles you will see a road on the left called Territorial. Directly after that will be a cattle guard. Cross the cattle guard and you will see an immediate turnoff onto a dirt road on your RIGHT.
3.) This dirt road will parallel a barbed wire fence on your right. Follow this dirt road for 0.6 miles. At this point you will see an obvious dirt road heading LEFT. Take that.
4.) Follow this dirt road for another 0.6 miles. The road will lead to an obvious parking area with a stone fire pit.
5.) There is an obvious trail to the right of the parking lot marked along the way with cairns. This trail follows the canyon south.
6.) At the end of the trail you will hit a small tributary canyon. Scramble your way down (west) and you will run into some fixed rappel lines.
7.) Once you are down there are a ton of great climbs on both east and west walls. Some may be inaccessible due to creek water levels.

Note: I am told there are some kind folks who maintain some of this gear.

Winslow Wall is a gem of an area. Keep it clean and be respectful. Thanks to all who have helped develop the area and provide folks like me with a way in. We had a blast! Oct 11, 2009
Catherine Conner
Phoenix, AZ
Catherine Conner   Phoenix, AZ
I LOVE this place. Went September-can't wait to go back when it warms up, wonderful!!! Definitely is like having a little Red Rocks in AZ. Combo this with some deep water soloing not far away, what a weekend!!! Jan 21, 2010
Jeff Ludwig
phoenix, Az
Jeff Ludwig   phoenix, Az
The Winslow Wall is the most unique climbing area in the U.S. The WW is only a small section of East Clear Creek. Need I say more? For better deep water soloing check out Chevlon canyon, the next canyon to the east. Bring a canoe! Mar 21, 2011
Blake M  
I noticed recently that someone chopped down a bunch of the vegetation in the canyon. specifically the tree next to aqua vulva, and one farther down. I believe this occurred over the weekend of the 4th. I find it sad that some climbers do not have respect for the beautiful place WW is, and request the all climbers the visit treat the place with respect. Its a beautiful place lets keep it that way. Jul 18, 2011
Is the unknown route which is on the same formation as standing on a corner on this site? it had some interesting face moves followed by a little roof problem which to my puny ego seemed commiting. two bolted lines towards the canyon from standing on a corner. if not I'd love to add it!! Sep 6, 2011
JJ Schlick
Flagstaff, AZ
JJ Schlick   Flagstaff, AZ  
After talking it over quite a bit with Mike K, we decided the best way to render the information on the Winslow Wall more usable was to break it into a simple East/West split. Mike will sort the routes when he has some time, and that should be a step in the right direction. Though not all the lines down there are posted on MP, one day they will be, and this change should help folks navigate the depths and find routes more easily. It may take a day or two for the route counts to sort themselves out. May 21, 2012
Darren Mabe
Flagstaff, AZ
Darren Mabe   Flagstaff, AZ
excellent! that will be very helpful. i was so lost when i went down there for the first time. May 21, 2012
JJ Schlick
Flagstaff, AZ
JJ Schlick   Flagstaff, AZ  
Big thanks to Mike K for his help in organizing the WW info. Just in time too, as more new routes start sprouting up... Jun 29, 2012
NC Rock Climber
The Oven, AKA Phoenix
NC Rock Climber   The Oven, AKA Phoenix
AMAZING! I went there for the first time on 10/19 and was totally blown away. This is a truly special and amazing place to climb. There was a few feet of water in the middle of the stream, but there were dry spots in front of all the climbs we wanted to do.

The driving and approach directions are clear enough, and it is easy to find the obvious trad lines like King Snake and Dark Star once you are in the canyon. After that, identifying most of the routes is easy. It took us a little bit longer than expected to get out, but ascending the fixed lines or climbing the gully with a pack is not all that difficult.

I cannot say enough positive things about this crag and cannot wait to go back! Oct 20, 2012
Went to Winslow wall 2/26/13. You need a day permit before you go. There are Hopi canyon sign in stations Feb 25, 2013
Dave Meyer
Dave Meyer   Ojai
A big thank you to whoever replaced one of the gulley rap lines last weekend. Jul 3, 2014
Hey I climbed in Winslow wall this past weekend and seems like my wedding ring fell out of my bag at some point. If anyone sees a gold ring with inscriptions on the inside of the ring please let me know! May 23, 2016
Mike Chizhov
Flagstaff, AZ
Mike Chizhov   Flagstaff, AZ
Climbed in Winslow this past weekend (Sunday, May 11) and found both rap lines taken down. They were stacked in a big pile, tied together with a backed-up EDK, at the dog spot (single bolt by the anchors). Anyone know what's up? Jun 12, 2017
Does anyone know if this is accessible by boat if you put in near the Fort Mchood bridge? Sep 19, 2017
JJ Schlick
Flagstaff, AZ
JJ Schlick   Flagstaff, AZ  
Approaching by boat is a cool way to do it. When you arrive at the climbing area it feels like you're in another world. Sep 20, 2017
weliketrees Fitting   Flagstaff
  • WARNING* the nut on the 4th bolt of Beer Snake is hand tightened. When I was cleaning the route last week i noticed that the hanger and nut was loose but didn't have anything to tighten it. If anyone is going to the winslow wall and wants to get on the route, bring a 9/16 socket and wrench! I pretty sure you could go in direct to the 3rd bolt and reach it.
Nov 10, 2017
Santa Fe, NM
Haj   Santa Fe, NM
With daytime temps close to 75 this weekend, will the Winslow Wall be warm enough to climb? Thanks! Nov 22, 2017
Flagstaff, AZ
MarcYY   Flagstaff, AZ
Justin Turner
Cave Creek, AZ
Justin Turner   Cave Creek, AZ
As of Sat, 9/1 the blue rappel rope is core shot and the sheathing has peeled back, exposing about 2ft of the core strands. Rope needs replacement ASAP. New rope should be a static. I did not have a rope to contribute and am not sure I can get back out there until Nov. Happy to help contribute to a new rope if someone wants to buy/replace. Sep 2, 2018