Flagstaff Area Rock Climbing
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In the backyard we have Mt. Elden which is now showcasing a very diverse collection of sport crags like Solitude Canyon, Red Dragon, The One Wall, Upper Middle Elden Canyon, Devil’s Ottoman, and Oaklands, as well as, the more traditional venues such as West Elden and Secret Canyon. Development of different areas on the mountain began in the late 1960's and has continued to this day through generations of strong climbers.
The San Francisco Peaks are just a hop and skip out of town and open up a number of different climbing and bouldering opportunities. The beautiful Peaks Crag, the short approach Hobo Jungle, and the sort of backcountry Ghost Town all offer up sport and trad routes on good to excellent volcanic Dacite.
The Pit, just south of town on Lake Mary Rd is an infamous Kaibab limestone sport crag which first saw development in the early 1980's by Alex McGuffie and Mike Lawson. In the late 80's and into the early 90's sport climbing swept the nation, and this crag quickly filled up with routes, established in all sorts of different styles from ground up hooking to rap bolting. These days, The Pit is the local refuge for sport climbers who like short approaches, and predictable conditions.
South of town on 89A you will come across The Overlook, which is a classic moderate traditional crag favored by the local crack addicts for full days or after work affairs. Development first started here in the late 1960's. The Overlook is a great moderate trad crag for sunny mornings or shady afternoons. The access is easy as it gets.
Upper Pumphouse Wash, a tributary cayon of Oak Creek Canyon is the closest soft rock to town, where any seasoned climber might find a few bones to gnaw on. Shorter multi pitch adventures are strewn amongst confirmed classics in a dreamlike rugged canyon.
Flagstaff, AZ has a current population of 70K. In some respects Flagstaff is a liberal outpost college town, but it also has an undeniable blue collar cowboy flair. Sitting at 7000' it is tucked in between the Mogollon Rim to the south and the San Francisco Peaks just north of town. Flagstaff is draped over historic Route 66 and has everything a visiting climber may need.
Rest days can be filled with excellent hiking and peak bagging, world class mountain biking, or deep and narrow canyoneering adventures. Or just take it easy and wander about the historic downtown which is filled with gear shops, art galleries, brewpubs, and a few good restaurants.
There is plenty of free camping to be be found on both Coconino and Kaibab National Forests. Essentially unless you see signs saying camping is prohibited, or restricted to designated sites (like at the Peaks Crag), you're good to go.
Classic Climbing Routes at Flagstaff Area
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