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Boat Launch Boulders, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Fisherman's Cove 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Hair Pin, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Powerline Crag 0 / 13 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 13
Roadside Wall 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Elevation: 7,000 ft
GPS: 34.555, -111.195 Google Map · Climbing Map
Shared By: JJ Schlick on Oct 6, 2010
Admins: Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick
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Description

Blue Ridge Reservoir is the head waters of East Clear Creek. The lake itself is nestled in deep, steep hills of pines, and it's shores are rimmed with limestone boulders.

This is an awesome summertime destination when you want to swim as much as you want to climb. Some of the areas are accessed off of the main road in, but many fine exploratory and scruffy areas exist to those who bring their kayaks/canoes, brushes, pads, and friends.

Also, in very severe drought seasons when the water level drops drastically, there is a submerged layer of smooth limestone that appears. This layer has absolutely excellent bouldering, and is a kind of a 'once in a blue moon' experience.

Back country camping on the lake available at sanctioned sites, and there is also a fee camping area on top of the rim, before you drop down. Free camping on any dirt roads that lead off the main one in.

Getting There

Blue Ridge Resevoir is approximately 45 miles southwest of Winslow, AZ on the east side of hwy 87. The road in is south of Jacks Canyon rd.

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Some shots of blue ridge in this video. Aug 4, 2013
TeresaG
tucson az
TeresaG   tucson az
We were just there this past week. Water levels are down approimately 10-20 ft depending on the area. However, several spots are still plenty deep enough to do some soloing. if not, there are several new problems that are now accessible. Right now however it is raining every day. The clouds roll in the morning but it didnt pour on us till around 4pm. this was like clock work so something to keep in mind. Jul 31, 2012
jeffrey c gibson
pheonix az
jeffrey c gibson   pheonix az
I just spent the last four days in Tombstone Campsite.The water level is down from last year, but if anything it revealed a few more deep water solo routes. Jun 18, 2012
JJ Schlick
Flagstaff, AZ
JJ Schlick   Flagstaff, AZ  
Just wondering if anyone has been out here recently, and where the water levels are at. Thanks. May 15, 2012
jeffrey c gibson
pheonix az
jeffrey c gibson   pheonix az
Just went back in september.Amazing temps, and low water levels made for epic deep water soloing.Some routes topped out at over thirty feet.From what I have seen the water soloing changes as the water level changes, but can almost always be found.Great bouldering circuits line the shores. Feb 1, 2012
jeffrey c gibson
pheonix az
jeffrey c gibson   pheonix az
Yah and for the most part it remains only about 20% developed.I recomend buying the marty beta for $5 its well worth it.from what i understand there are about 70 problems alone on eagle point,and theres alot of room to develop Oct 27, 2010
JJ Schlick
Flagstaff, AZ
JJ Schlick   Flagstaff, AZ  
Awesome Jeff, thanks. Have you ever been to the west end of the north arm of the lake? There are a few chunks back there that I swear are the most beautiful, and archetypal limestone I have seen in AZ. Would be highballs if I remember correctly. Oct 26, 2010
jeffrey c gibson
pheonix az
jeffrey c gibson   pheonix az
The highest number of problems are in and around eagle point.To get to eagle point head north east at the launch.Paddle past the dam about 1/4 mile until you see tombstone boulder on your left,and eagle point (best campsite on the lake) on your right.From the shore of eagle point(across the lake to the north east) you can see tombstone boulder,and highballers heaven.From eagle point walk 20 yards west to the entrance of split rock bouldering area.If you continue up the ridge west about 400 yards on an ok trail you will see eagle point wall (sport routes)on your left. Oct 25, 2010
JJ Schlick
Flagstaff, AZ
JJ Schlick   Flagstaff, AZ  
I could certainly use some help with common knowledge of this area if anyone knows it. Blue Ridge has been a summertime staple for myself for many years, but have never run into another climber. So while I have visited many of the areas around the lake, I simply don't have any knowledge on the established names and such... I can't wait to learn it though. Please, post up. Oct 8, 2010
Scott Z
Highlands Ranch, CO
Scott Z   Highlands Ranch, CO
Well, Toss on some routes Jeff...you've peaked my interest. Oct 8, 2010
jeffrey c gibson
pheonix az
jeffrey c gibson   pheonix az
Its about time somebody put this place up!!I love blueridge.hikers shack will work with you on kayak rentals,or you can just climb the roadside sport area,but i recomend kayaking into tombstone boulder area. Oct 8, 2010

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