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Elevation: 4,947 ft 1,508 m
GPS: 34.95238, -111.75428
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This expansive canyon takes root just south of Flagstaff in the beautiful Pumphouse Wash. Oak Creek Canyon runs all the way down until it opens up at the entry of Munds Canyon from the east rim, and empties into Sedona. Oak Creek Canyon holds a myriad of side canyons and drainages. There is staggering amount of stone, climbing, exploration, and adventure to be had right off the heels of HWY 89 which winds its way along the canyon floor. The access for the areas listed here are all below the rim.

There really is something for everyone in this canyon, starting out with the treasure of moderate traditional climbs to be found at the The Overlook. If you are learning to place gear and get some leads under your belt, this is a fantastic area to create a foundation. Also a wonderful place to rip through them and enjoy the view for a day. Moderates hold the majority. I have moved this area to the Flagstaff Area Section due to it's proximity to town. Though this area clearly marks the entrance from the north, into Oak Creek Canyon.

If you are looking for sport routes, then you have few options. The Doctor's Office is a fully functional sport crag with a handful of trad lines. Lower in the canyon is Muscle Beach which features creekside climbing and difficult routes. The Fire Wall a small wall above the Anvil Boulders which holds some deceptive, pumpy routes. One can also explore the depths of Pump house Wash for more scattered moderate sport routes. Though the sandstone is soft, there are some excellent routes to discover.

The Ultimates, now listed under Flagstaff Area, are a fabled collection of cherished, traditional routes that will test the best, up to 5.12+ fingers, and some burly offwidth if you are so inclined. Lately some new multi pitch moderates have also been added, as well as, modern single pitch sport routes. There is a lot to see down there in Upper Pumphouse Wah, and some excellent "hot summer" swimming holes as well. 

 The Waterfall is a columnar basalt area which now has over 140+ single pitch trad routes, with the majority of them going down in the 5.10+ through 5.13 range. You can expect splitter cracks, steep jug hauls, and very thin technical lines. The climbing really starts at solid 5.10. Bring a 70M rope, a robust rack including a triple set or more of TCUs, and your game. 

Insomnia Canyon is a newer area found in the depths of West Fork Canyon. This area is producing long, steep, and aesthetically stimulating routes with a committing overall nature. The quality looking Coconino Sandstone is something out of a Sedona climber’s dreams and is positioned in one of Arizona’s most beautiful canyons.

And, on top of all that, if you want to get in a superb sandstone bouldering session,  The Anvil Boulders are a collection of wonderful and rare blocks all conveniently (or maybe not so because of the creek crossing?) located 200 yards on the East side of Oak Creek just a hop and skip drive north out of Sedona. V-easy to V-super-hard- inspiring. Some very cool steep lines. This area is in the *Northern AZ Bouldering* section.

Oak Creek Canyon is a treasure to many, and a focal point to climbers in this area for harboring a wide variety of crags. Different areas are accessible year round, if you play your cards right. It is an awesome place to visit and climb in. It can also be an arduous place to explore on or off the beaten path. There is obviously much more to be found in this expansive canyon than is listed here. Be ready to earn your burns.

Getting There Suggest change

Take 89 south from Flagstaff, or north from Sedona.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Oak Creek Canyon

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5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 214
Black and Tan
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 135
Spite and Malice
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 106
The Bootlegger
Trad
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 128
Vertebrae
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 111
Lord Humongous
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13
 87
Natural Enhancement
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 62
Crux Deluxe
Trad
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 54
The Chronic
Trad
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 60
Giardia Crack
Trad
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 64
False Prophet
Trad
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 50
Heart and Soul
Sport 2 pitches
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 45
Resurrection
Trad
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 49
11:11 (aka "Welcome to the Water…
Trad
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 54
Super Chronic
Trad
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 61
Terminator
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Black and Tan Waterfall > 2. The Main Amphithea…
 214
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Spite and Malice Waterfall > 1. The Left Wall
 135
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
The Bootlegger Waterfall > 3. The Right Wall
 106
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Vertebrae Waterfall > 1. The Left Wall
 128
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
Lord Humongous Waterfall > 2. The Main Amphithea…
 111
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
Natural Enhancement Waterfall > 3. The Right Wall
 87
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13 Trad
Crux Deluxe Waterfall > 4. The Double Clutchi…
 62
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
The Chronic Waterfall > 4. The Double Clutchi…
 54
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad
Giardia Crack Waterfall > 1. The Left Wall
 60
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad
False Prophet Waterfall > 2. The Main Amphithea…
 64
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad
Heart and Soul Sterling Pass
 50
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport 2 pitches
Resurrection Waterfall > 3. The Right Wall
 45
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad
11:11 (aka "Welcome to the… Waterfall > 4. The Double Clutchi…
 49
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad
Super Chronic Waterfall > 4. The Double Clutchi…
 54
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad
Terminator Waterfall > 1. The Left Wall
 61
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Trad
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