Description

Phoenix is a winter mecca and summertime is long. This large desert city is home to a substantial amount of classic climbing. Whether you are trying to escape winter, or call it home, you have plenty of options to explore some stone.

The areas covered are varied in style and rock. The granite of the McDowell Mountains and Pinnacle Peak are bastions of Traditional climbing on great rock. Both of these areas are Scottsdale City Parks, please respect the rules. No new routes are allowed in either Park.

South Mountain has great granite bouldering in one of the largest City parks. This area and Camelback are both Phoenix City Parks and have rules that allow us to use them as climbers. Please respect the Parks and we can continue to enjoy this resource.

Getting There

From Phoenix you can drive in town to your favorite afternoon bouldering area or head to North Scottsdale for great granite traditional climbing.

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Classic Climbing Routes at *Phoenix Areas

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c
 48
West Chimney
Trad 4 pitches
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 98
South Crack
Trad 2 pitches
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 79
Quaker Oats
Sport
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 120
East Face
Sport
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 53
Varicose
Trad
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 73
Razor's Edge
Trad 3 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 123
Hanging Gardens
Trad 2 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 40
One for the Road
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 55
Treiber's Deception
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
 45
Renaissance Direct
Trad 2 pitches
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 67
Birthday Party
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 47
Beat Feet
Trad
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 51
Mickey Mantle
Trad
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 62
Donamatrix
Sport 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
 46
Sphinctre Boy
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
West Chimney Superstition Mo… > Weavers Needle
 48
5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c Trad 4 pitches
South Crack Pinnacle Peak > Pinnacle Peak
 98
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad 2 pitches
Quaker Oats McDowell Mountains > Sven Slab
 79
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Sport
East Face Camelback Mountain > Praying Monk
 120
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Varicose Pinnacle Peak > AMC Boulder
 53
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Razor's Edge Superstition Mo… > Northwest Pinna… > Hand
 73
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 3 pitches
Hanging Gardens McDowell Mountains > Gardeners Wall
 123
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 2 pitches
One for the Road McDowell Mountains > Sven Slab
 40
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Treiber's Deception McDowell Mountains > Tom's Thumb
 55
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Renaissance Direct McDowell Mountains > Gardeners Wall
 45
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R Trad 2 pitches
Birthday Party Pinnacle Peak > Pinnacle Peak
 67
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Beat Feet McDowell Mountains > Morrell's Wall
 47
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Mickey Mantle Pinnacle Peak > AMC Boulder
 51
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Donamatrix Camelback Mountain > Headwall
 62
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport 2 pitches
Sphinctre Boy McDowell Mountains > Girlie Man Area
 46
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13 Trad
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Photos

I spent about 6 months in the area and didn't get to do any real climbing. Being new to the sport I decided not to go climbing by myself in the desert, but to explore all I could instead. I'll be going back with my climbing buddy Brian some time soon. Here are just some of the pics I got on my trip.









The following pics are from Papago Park in East Phoenix. I took a friend and his family to try some low level bouldering because they were interested in climbing. I'm not good enough to teach anyone else so I figured this was a safe start for them.














Jul 6, 2012
Topher Dabrowski
Portland, OR
Topher Dabrowski   Portland, OR
Does Phoenix Rock II cover the Superstition Mts areas?


Dec 11, 2016
Greg Opland    
Does Phoenix Rock II cover the Superstition Mts areas?

Nope. Dec 12, 2016
Will Wright
Mesa, AZ
Will Wright   Mesa, AZ
For anyone out there looking to diversify their skillset and get into WIDE Phoenix Granite climbing, try the following progression of offwidth/chimney climbs.

- South Crack, 5.5, Pinnacle Peak (NE)
- Dinky, 5.6, Morrell's Parking Lot, McDowell Mountains
- Peaches and Cream, 5.7, Sven Slab, McDowell Mountains
- Y Crack, 5.9, Y-Crack Boulder, Pinnacle Peak
- Hades, 5.10b, Pinnacle Peak (N)
- Beelzebub, 5.11b, Pinnacle Peak (NW)
- Deliverance, 5.11c, Pinnacle Peak (N) Feb 28, 2018