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 · Updates
Admins: Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick

Description

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

The GPS coordinates are N34 32.748, W111 26.015 

From the south (Pine and Strawberry):  Traveling north on AZ-87, take a left onto AZ-260, going west. Just after mile marker 249, take a right onto FR144. Drive to the T intersection (1.7 miles) and go left onto FR149, drive 1.1 miles and turn right onto FR142 at the triangle-shaped intersection. Drive 1 mile and turn left onto FR142E - after which you'll immediately cross a cattle guard. Drive approximately 3 miles until it ends at the trailhead. 

From the north (Flagstaff and Winslow):  Traveling south on AZ-87, take a right on to FR142, right at mile marker 285.  Proceed on FR142 for 5 miles and—just after passing FR142F—take a right onto FR142E. Drive approximately 3 miles until it ends at the trailhead. 

Hike the trail down into the canyon (about 20 minutes). Most of the 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.
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 12
Knot Unknown
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 7
Bob
Trad 3 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 3
Ed
Trad 3 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 6
Yang & Yin
Trad 2 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 27
Old Grey Mare
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13
 22
Differential Equations
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 35
Symmetry
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 3
Tight Cleavage-No Jugs
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 3
Loaded Chamber
Trad
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 12
Test of Faith
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 15
Bird of Prey
Trad 2 pitches
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 10
Antigravity
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 18
Chicken Fingers
Trad
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13
 9
Resurrection
Trad 2 pitches
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13
 3
Into the Maelstrom
Trad 3 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Knot Unknown Middle Section
 12
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Bob John Doe Wall
 7
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 3 pitches
Ed John Doe Wall
 3
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 3 pitches
Yang & Yin Middle Section
 6
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 2 pitches
Old Grey Mare Anti-Crag
 27
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Differential Equations Anti-Crag
 22
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13 Trad
Symmetry Anti-Crag
 35
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Tight Cleavage-No Jugs Quickie Wall
 3
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Loaded Chamber Ponderosa Cliff
 3
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Test of Faith Middle Section
 12
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Bird of Prey Middle Section
 15
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad 2 pitches
Antigravity Anti-Crag
 10
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Chicken Fingers Anti-Crag
 18
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad
Resurrection Middle Section
 9
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13 Trad 2 pitches
Into the Maelstrom Middle Section
 3
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13 Trad 3 pitches
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