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Prescott is a beautiful little city, and she is loaded with granite!! Not to mention a colorful climbing history. From the unique holds of Thumb Butte to the 500' wall of Granite Mountain, to the tricky folds of the Dells, Prescott has a substantial list of quality routes, both trad and sport, old school and new.

Heather Hayes pulls through the crux of the Coatimundi Roof, Granite Mountain.

Along with that, Sullivan's Canyon is a great basalt area which really caters to the beginner and moderate trad climber. Throw in the quartzite sport routes of the Promised Land, and you have a perfect mid elevation destination to either shake off the cold of Flagstaff, or to flee the heat of the lower deserts of Southern Arizona.

Jack moving into the roof crux on Judgement Day, Thumb Butte, Prescott, AZ

And, of course, the bouldering is awesome! The steel grey, fine grained granite of areas like Groom Creek and Wolf Creek speak for themselves, while the mid grained golden granite around town reminds one of perfect Joshua Tree style stone. You can get lost for days of highballing out at Watson Lake, or try your hand at some fantastic pocketed basalt bouldering at Thumb Butte, and in Sullivan's Canyon. The Santa Maria Mountains north of town still hold a quantity of undeveloped mid grained granite. The list of excellent problems is long, and reaches well into the double digit V's at this point in time.

Mike Gasch dealing well with a Painful Truth V4, Thor's Chasm, Watson Lake, 1999. Voodoo Blues is the chalked up black streak on the far right.

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Classic Climbing Routes at *Prescott Areas

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V0+ 4+
 61
The Wave
Boulder
V4 6B
 38
Facelift
Boulder
V6 7A
 36
Moonstone
Boulder
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 43
Dislocation Direct
Trad 2 pitches
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 85
The Classic
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 40
Cheiu Hoi
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 79
Magnolia Thunderpussy
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 41
Crack Lover's Variation
Trad 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 35
Coatimundi / Candyland LInkup
Trad 4 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 30
Said and Done
Trad 3 pitches
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 37
Reunion
Trad 4 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 43
Co-op Crack
Trad 2 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13
 31
Kingpin
Trad 5 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 36
The Slammer Jam
Trad 5 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 46
Candyland
Trad 5 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Wave Prescott Area B… > … > Main Boulders > Wave Area
 61
V0+ 4+ Boulder
Facelift Prescott Area B… > … > Satellite Areas > Island (Facelift Area)
 38
V4 6B Boulder
Moonstone Prescott Area B… > … > Main Boulders > Moonstone, Leg Lock R…
 36
V6 7A Boulder
Dislocation Direct Granite Mountain > Swamp Slabs
 43
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 2 pitches
The Classic Granite Mountain > Middle Section
 85
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
Cheiu Hoi Granite Mountain > Right Section
 40
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 3 pitches
Magnolia Thunderpussy Granite Mountain > Middle Section
 79
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 3 pitches
Crack Lover's Variation Granite Mountain > Middle Section
 41
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 2 pitches
Coatimundi / Candyland LInkup Granite Mountain > Middle Section
 35
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 4 pitches
Said and Done Granite Mountain > Middle Section
 30
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad 3 pitches
Reunion Granite Mountain > Middle Section
 37
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 4 pitches
Co-op Crack Granite Dells > High Rappel Dell > Co-op Crack Area
 43
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 2 pitches
Kingpin Granite Mountain > Middle Section
 31
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13 Trad 5 pitches
The Slammer Jam Granite Mountain > Middle Section
 36
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 5 pitches
Candyland Granite Mountain > Middle Section
 46
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 5 pitches
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BCramer
Prescott
BCramer   Prescott
Looking for any info on the boulders that are right on the new Centennial Trail in Prescott. They're located above the eastern end of the trail off Westridge Road. Names, ratings, etc. I know I'm not the first to do them, and I'd like to get the names for the new edition of Prescott Bouldering that is nearing completion.
Actually, any new bouldering info around Prescott would be great! Thanks, Bill
Aug 3, 2015
Pablo-Roberts
Prescott, Arizona
Pablo-Roberts   Prescott, Arizona
Please dont add another couple hundred V0s that most people will never get around too. Aug 19, 2015
BCramer
Prescott
BCramer   Prescott
Thanks for sharing your perspective, Pablo-Roberts. Interesting to note that about one quarter of the route posts for Groom Creek here on MP are VO-/VO, so it would appear that at least some people are doing them and like them enough to post. Often when I go out I find chalk on obscure easy problems I never expected to see. Also, most recreational climbers don't climb much harder than VO/VO+. In writing the guides, I try not to judge the motivations, abilities or aesthetics of the users. I'm just chronicling what I find or what others show me. I suppose in your case, the many VOs serve to guide you where not to waste your time. For others, it shows them precisely where to go. Aug 20, 2015
Gregory Cooper
Phoenix Arizona
Gregory Cooper   Phoenix Arizona
The V0s are great for beginners or simply working on different styles of climbing. I can understand if the V0s are shitty, but I have friends who are always asking where another great V0 is because they want to try something different if they can't finish one they are working on. Oct 25, 2015