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Areas in West Clear Creek

Anti-Crag 10 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 12
Bear Canyon 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Grotto (Sundance Canyon), The 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 1
John Doe Wall 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 6
Log Jam area 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Middle Section 7 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Quickie Wall 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Tramway 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Elevation: 6,200 ft
GPS: 34.554, -111.419 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: bio on Feb 28, 2008 with updates from Todd Hinrichsen
Admins: Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick
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Access Issue: Stage II Fire Restrictions and Closures in Place as of 8:00 AM May 23 Details

Description [Suggest Change]

Sandstone climbing in the beautiful confines of the canyon. Great summer destination and some nice cracks. Please keep this amazing area clean. Climbing ethic is ground up. There are few bolts found here, and when you see them the spacing is long and requires committment from the leader. Season is beginning of April to end of October. When considering route development in the area, please use discretion:
"A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man... retaining its primeval character and influence, without permanent improvements" (The Wilderness Act of 1964)

Climbers visiting West Clear Creek should remember that it is a federally designated wilderness area. As such, placing fixed anchors, especially bolts, is discouraged at West Clear Creek, and forbidden in some wildernesses.

Getting There [Suggest Change]

The GPS coordinates are N34 32.748, W111 26.015 Located north of Strawberry off highway 260. Enter FR 144, which is about 5 miles north of the intersection of hwy 260 and HWY 87. Turn right off hwy 260 onto Fr144, also called Fr 149 on some maps. Drive to T intersection (FR149) and go left, drive 1.1 miles and turn right(FR142) at large intersection. Drive 0.9 miles and turn left(142e) - after which you will immediately cross a cattle guard. Drive 3.6 miles until it ends at trailhead. Hike the trail into the canyon. Routes are upstream. Again, please keep this area clean.

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Classic Climbing Routes at West Clear Creek

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13
 8
BattleAxe
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 9
Knot Unknown
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5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 4
Bob
Trad 3 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 5
Yang & Yin
Trad 2 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 8
Old Grey Mare
Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 18
Symmetry
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13
 11
Differential Equations
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13
 10
Last Chance
Trad 2 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 6
Sweet Singularity
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 3
Loaded Chamber
Trad
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 8
Bird of Prey
Trad 2 pitches
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 9
Test of Faith
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 9
Chicken Fingers
Trad
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13
 8
Resurrection
Trad 2 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
BattleAxe Anti-Crag
 8
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13 Trad
Knot Unknown Middle Section
 9
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Bob John Doe Wall
 4
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 3 pitches
Yang & Yin Middle Section
 5
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 2 pitches
Old Grey Mare Anti-Crag
 8
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Symmetry Anti-Crag
 18
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Differential Equations Anti-Crag
 11
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13 Trad
Last Chance Anti-Crag
 10
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13 Trad 2 pitches
Sweet Singularity Anti-Crag
 6
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Loaded Chamber Log Jam area
 3
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Bird of Prey Middle Section
 8
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad 2 pitches
Test of Faith Middle Section
 9
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Chicken Fingers Anti-Crag
 9
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad
Resurrection Middle Section
 8
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13 Trad 2 pitches
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go east through camp verde to fr 618 I think. If you take 215 off of 618 to bull pen, theres granite bouldering on the left side of the trail right by the main trail head, pleanty of lines for FAs, seems untouched. Its a great hike through to if you do the canyon loop. Climbs are few and far between at first but totaly worth it. I suggest a multiple day stay out there. Just watch out for flash floods and mountain lions. Jul 31, 2010
bio
mesa, az
bio   mesa, az
This area is not accessed via the bull pen area. Jun 6, 2011
Bob Pettit
cave creek
Bob Pettit   cave creek
Take a look at this before you plan a trip into west clear creek
May 31, 2016
Anna Lynn
Columbia, SC
Anna Lynn   Columbia, SC
Just curious- we attempted to go to west clear creek today, but encountered a substantial logging operation around fr 144, with a spiderweb of new roads and freshly fallen trees. We were pretty worried about driving any further so turned around. Any beta on current access? It seems like an awesome place, we'd love to get out there. Feb 5, 2018
bio
mesa, az
bio   mesa, az
As of now the area is open. No logging operation issues, although sometimes thinning operations due take place. Always check for fire and access restrictions before venturing into the high country. Jun 11, 2018

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