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Fire Wall

Arizona > Northern Arizona > Oak Creek Canyon

Description

A nice crag very close to the road with short but fun sport routes in the 5.7-5.12 range, plus some cool bouldering on the way in to boot. Scattered pine trees give shade when needed but most routes appear to stay in the sun most of the day. Crag walls face west/southwest. Oak Creek runs nearby if you need to cool down on the way out...but I've heard you should not drink the water!

This area is described in the Red Lizard II guide, although I have never personally looked at it; furthermore, it is apparently out of date as many new routes have been added.

Getting There

Take the 89A just north of Sedona into Oak Creek Canyon (if you are coming from the south, that means drive through Sedona until you come to the major turnabout that divides uptown and downtown; turn right toward uptown).

Somewhere within 1 mile from the uptown district, look for a small spa house called Therapy on the Rocks. The parking area is actually across the road and just south of this business. If you find yourself at Slide Rock State Park, you have gone too far.

PLEASE DO NOT CROSS PRIVATE PROPERTY. Cross the highway, angling south of the parking pullout as you do so. Follow the guard rail to a trail and some scrambling well south of private property. Cross the creek and continue on the trail a short distance up the hill, meandering through giant sandstone boulders amid trees as you approach the crag.

Routes from Left to Right

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Fire wall from Anvil approach.
[Hide Photo] Fire wall from Anvil approach.
Bee alert!  Since I never saw any guide to this area, I have no idea what the name of this route is.  However, I am adding this picture because we had to bail off this route quickly due to the arrival of several scout bees.  <br>
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We then noticed a hive 30-40 feet to the left in a tree trunk; amazingly, these bees are so quiet we never heard them.  (I find this unusual for Africanized bees in Arizona.)  Take caution accordingly in the area.
[Hide Photo] Bee alert! Since I never saw any guide to this area, I have no idea what the name of this route is. However, I am adding this picture because we had to bail off this route quickly due to the arri…
The crag view from the far side of the creek (on approach).
[Hide Photo] The crag view from the far side of the creek (on approach).
The hoppable creek crossing (the only one I saw nearby).  I imagine storms may cause this area to be underwater at times and/or wash away the log span some helpful climbers clearly took time to create.
[Hide Photo] The hoppable creek crossing (the only one I saw nearby). I imagine storms may cause this area to be underwater at times and/or wash away the log span some helpful climbers clearly took time to cre…
Crossing the stream at the fixed line.
[Hide Photo] Crossing the stream at the fixed line.

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Aerili
Los Alamos, NM
[Hide Comment] Special note: be on alert for bee hives in this area during the warm months, especially spring. Please see my beta pic posted here that says "Bee alert!" for a description of an active hive right next to a wall (as of spring 08). This hive was so astonishingly quiet we couldn't even hear it from 30 feet away; please avoid this particular wall and keep your eyes peeled everywhere else as you enjoy your day. May 22, 2008
[Hide Comment] Nice photo. When the water is too high - This area can also be approached via a trail from above.

To get there: Travel south on 179 (after the "Y" at 89a) take first left after bridge onto Schnebly Hill Rd. and follow till pavement ends at Huckaby trailhead. About 15 min hike on this trail will take you to a view of UPtown Sedona, take a left fork at far north end of cliff where small trail descends down a gully and to the base.

Most of these routes were put up by Davis Pastor with 1/2" x 4" Rawl bolts with Fixe bolt hangers & ring anchors.

Thanks & best wishes David whever you are in Colorado ~ Kirra May 22, 2008
[Hide Comment] NEW ACCESS! Therapy on the Rocks has No Trespassing signs on the trail now. Please respect No Trespassing Signs!

To access the Anvil Boulders, you can still park in the pull out described above but now you must walk a couple hundred yards south, toward Sedona, along the guard rail to pick up another trail that can be followed down to the creek past some steep scrambling. Please do not enter any private property and keep a low profile so we can continue using this new access. Nov 21, 2010
Matthew Weiss
Flagstaff, AZ
[Hide Comment] Is there any reason the remaining sport routes haven't been added to the page? Would anyone be bothered if I took the time to do it? I think this area could use the additional traffic. Jan 9, 2019
Austin Kaiser
Flagstaff, AZ
[Hide Comment] Matt, please add them! May 3, 2019