Elevation: 6,817 ft
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Shared By: JJ Schlick on Aug 16, 2008
Admins: Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick

Description

The bouldering areas above Lower Lake Mary consist of the long stretching, intermittent limestone band that runs from the Pit on the west, all the way to FR 128 on the east, where the limestone finally peters out, and the basalt starts to take over. FR 128 marks the start of Anderson Mesa, a basalt cap that dominates much of the north side of Upper Lake Mary. There are miles of basalt outcroppings above the highway, but the most traveled area is above the Lakeview Campground.

These are old areas that have been climbed at for a long time, by a lot of good climbers. Robert Drysdale and friends established the Booze Pig Wall in the early 90's, along side the early development of Priest Draw. Most of these bands remain exploratory at this point, and have become overgrown. However, there are several areas that are more condensed, clean, and offer up a good concentration of excellent problems with often moderate grades on superb rock. There are probably hundreds of undocumented problems at the Ridge.

The legendary Eric Zschiesche on the opening move of Booze Pig 2015. EZ photo


The southern aspect makes these areas a real treat in the fall, spring, and even in the dead of winter depending upon the year.  
All of these areas are accessed off of Lake Mary road, with short uphill approaches and views of Lower and Upper Lake Mary, as well as Mormon Mountain off to the south east. These areas will require seasonal cleanings, especially after winter and the monsoons. If you get up there and find a fine layer a silt over everything, rest well in the knowledge that you are the first person up there in probably a long time. Usually a stick brush or broom will suffice to get rid of the surface silt, though having a short rope and harness to inspect the higher problems isn't a bad idea.

Getting There

Lake Mary Road is just south of Flagstaff, and the same road to access The Pit. Drive east on Lake Mary Road until you hit the very west end of Lower Lake Mary. Check the Drysdale Trail page for more detailed parking information.

The other areas are east a ways down the road, and you can see their individual pages for more detailed directions.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Lake Mary Areas

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V1- 5-
 5
A Dog's Life
Boulder
V2 5+
 4
Still Waters
Boulder
V3 6A
 10
Streets of Laredo
Boulder
V3 6A
 3
Perfect Day
Boulder
V3-4 6A+
 7
A Moment of Airity
Boulder
V4 6B
 4
Backwaters
Boulder
V4-5 6B+
 4
Too Old, To Die Young
Boulder
V5 6C
 12
On Liquor I Spent my Last Dime
Boulder
V6 7A
 21
Booze Pig
Boulder
V6-7 7A+
 3
Honey Berry
Boulder
V7 7A+
 16
When the Bible is a Bottle
Boulder
V7 7A+
 4
Punch Drunk Sunrise
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
A Dog's Life Land of High Bo… > Drysdale Trail > B. The Whining Dog Wall
 5
V1- 5- Boulder
Still Waters Land of High Bo… > Stone Cove > Cove Wall
 4
V2 5+ Boulder
Streets of Laredo Land of High Bo… > Drysdale Trail > I. Long Ryders Wall
 10
V3 6A Boulder
Perfect Day Land of High Bo… > Drysdale Trail > Perfect Day Wall
 3
V3 6A Boulder
A Moment of Airity Land of High Bo… > Drysdale Trail > I. Long Ryders Wall
 7
V3-4 6A+ Boulder
Backwaters Land of High Bo… > Stone Cove > Cove Wall
 4
V4 6B Boulder
Too Old, To Die Young Land of High Bo… > Drysdale Trail > H. The Half-life Wall
 4
V4-5 6B+ Boulder
On Liquor I Spent my Last Dime Land of High Bo… > Drysdale Trail > G. The Booze Pig Wall
 12
V5 6C Boulder
Booze Pig Land of High Bo… > Drysdale Trail > G. The Booze Pig Wall
 21
V6 7A Boulder
Honey Berry Land of High Bo… > Drysdale Trail > G. The Booze Pig Wall
 3
V6-7 7A+ Boulder
When the Bible is a Bottle Land of High Bo… > Drysdale Trail > G. The Booze Pig Wall
 16
V7 7A+ Boulder
Punch Drunk Sunrise Land of High Bo… > Drysdale Trail > G. The Booze Pig Wall
 4
V7 7A+ Boulder
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