Description

Flagstaff is the epicenter of Northern Arizona climbing and there are scores of crags within an hours drive. The crags listed here are either right on the edge of town or accessible with a 25 minute drive or less.

In the backyard we have Mt. Elden which is now showcasing a very diverse collection of sport crags like Solitude Canyon, The Red Dragon, The The One Wall, Upper Middle Elden Canyon, 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, ambitious 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 The Peak’s Crag, the short approach Hobo Jungle, and the sort of backcountry Ghost Town all offer up sport and trad routes on good to excellent dacite.

 The 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 Oak Creek Canyon 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.

Pumphouse Wash, which empties into 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.

Getting There

Flagstaff sits at the intersection of interstates 17 and 40, in North Central Arizona.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Flagstaff Crags

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 96
Angel's Delight
Trad
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 92
Morning's Mourning
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 82
Orange Out Direct
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 86
Clean Slate
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 124
Isaiah
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 329
Mr. Slate
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 100
New River
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 111
Southern Exposure
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 78
Off the Couch
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 166
True Value
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 157
The Abyss
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 94
Giggle Drops
Sport
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 104
Mulligan Stew
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 71
Purple Shark
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 65
The Joker
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Angel's Delight Oak Creek Canyon Over…
 96
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Morning's Mourning Oak Creek Canyon Over…
 92
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Orange Out Direct Oak Creek Canyon Over…
 82
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Clean Slate San Francisco P… > Peak’s Crag > Middle Area
 86
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Isaiah Oak Creek Canyon Over…
 124
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Mr. Slate Pit > Swiss Tower
 329
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
New River San Francisco P… > Peak’s Crag > N End
 100
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Southern Exposure San Francisco P… > Hobo Jungle
 111
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Off the Couch San Francisco P… > Peak’s Crag > Middle Area
 78
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
True Value Pit > Swiss Tower
 166
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
The Abyss Pit > Swiss Tower
 157
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Giggle Drops San Francisco P… > Peak’s Crag > S End
 94
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Mulligan Stew San Francisco P… > Hobo Jungle
 104
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Purple Shark Pit > Swiss Tower
 71
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
The Joker Pit > White Wall
 65
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
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