Elevation: 4,862 ft
GPS: 34.672, -111.621 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: JJ Schlick on Jun 16, 2018
Admins: Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick, Brian Boyd

Description

The Central Mogollon Rim contains a series of time and water worn canyons that carve their way down the basalt rim and eventually drain into the Verde Valley. Woods Canyon, Wet Beaver Creek, West Clear Creek, and Fossil Creek are all popular backpacking/canyoneering adventures in their own right.

I envision this area covering the rim lands on both sides of Interstate 17 and north of the Verde River, (which is historicaly considered the southern boundary of Northern AZ), then stretching East to Highway 87.This would include Munds Canyon, Schnebly Hill, Woods Canyon, and Rattlesnake Canyon on the west side of I17. On the east side of Interstate 17 are Mullican Canyon, Wet Beaver Creek, West Clear Creek, and Fossil Creek, as well as, Thirteen Mile Rock which is a basalt butte just off highway 260.

To date there is developed sandstone crack climbing in West Clear Creek, and Wet Beaver Creek at lower elevations. The hearts of the “big three” canyons are wilderness areas, so fixed hardware is sparse.These are big drainages and there is a lot of stone tucked away on the rims of these canyons. Someday this tough country might yield some new basalt areas to hardened crag hunters, but they won’t come easy. Time will tell.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Central Mogollon Rim

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5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 7
Bob
Trad 3 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 12
Knot Unknown
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5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 3
Ed
Trad 3 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 6
Yang & Yin
Trad 2 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 28
Old Grey Mare
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13
 22
Differential Equations
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 38
Symmetry
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5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 3
Loaded Chamber
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5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 13
Test of Faith
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 15
Bird of Prey
Trad 2 pitches
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 11
Antigravity
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 19
Chicken Fingers
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5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13
 10
Resurrection
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5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13
 3
Into the Maelstrom
Trad 3 pitches
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 7
Bat Ass Crack
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Bob W Clear Creek > John Doe Wall
 7
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 3 pitches
Knot Unknown W Clear Creek > Middle Section
 12
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Ed W Clear Creek > John Doe Wall
 3
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 3 pitches
Yang & Yin W Clear Creek > Middle Section
 6
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 2 pitches
Old Grey Mare W Clear Creek > Anti-Crag
 28
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Differential Equations W Clear Creek > Anti-Crag
 22
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13 Trad
Symmetry W Clear Creek > Anti-Crag
 38
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Loaded Chamber W Clear Creek > Ponderosa Cliff
 3
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Test of Faith W Clear Creek > Middle Section
 13
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Bird of Prey W Clear Creek > Middle Section
 15
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad 2 pitches
Antigravity W Clear Creek > Anti-Crag
 11
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Chicken Fingers W Clear Creek > Anti-Crag
 19
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad
Resurrection W Clear Creek > Middle Section
 10
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13 Trad 2 pitches
Into the Maelstrom W Clear Creek > Middle Section
 3
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13 Trad 3 pitches
Bat Ass Crack W Clear Creek > Anti-Crag
 7
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Trad
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