South Castle Tower Rock Climbing
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|Shared By:||Derek Field on Apr 10, 2015|
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Of the two prominent towers extending south from Castle Rock, this is the south one. Looming directly above the Village of Oak Creek, this is truly a classic desert tower - tall, slender, and visually arresting. The climbing is pretty fun too, thanks to a smorgasbord of moderates. Boasting what might be one of the shortest approaches to Sedona's beloved Coconino sandstone, this formation is sure to be a destination for folks wanting to buck the sandona spookfest trend and instead try out some well-protected crack lines that are slightly more reminiscent of the Vegas area (don't worry, some spook is still there...). Short approach, iconic tower, fun routes, year-round sun/shade... what more could ya ask for? A wilderness setting?! hah!!
Just north of the Village of Oak Creek, park in the Bell Rock Trailhead parking lot (you'll need a Red Rocks pass), then, looking both ways, cross Hwy-179 and head west on the Templeton trail. See attached photos for orientation. The approach hike will take less than 30 minutes or less and follows a well established hiking trail the whole way up to the saddle, which separates the North and South Castle Towers. In general you will find good trails connecting the different ledge systems on each formation.
Classic Climbing Routes at South Castle Tower
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