Elevation: 5,206 ft
GPS: 34.893, -111.809 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Trevor Bowman on Oct 16, 2018
Admins: Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick
Access Issue: Sedona Area Trail Closures- COVID 19 Details

Description

The "Lost Dry Creek Cirque" was my working name for this drainage, and for lack of a better handle I'll stick with it. I'm unaware of any previous appellations climbers may have bestowed upon this zone, but kind of doubt there have been any, given the lack of any apparent climbing activity back here. The whole "lost" thing reflects this surprising neglect by climbers, which I found rather odd as the cirque is sandwiched between the two popular zones of the Dry Creek Spires (just south) and The Fin/Mars Attacks (just north). The only evidence I saw of past climbing traffic was an antiquated "bolt" ladder of sorts on the back side of a striking needle near the west end of the cirque, below the Atlas Shrugged boulder on Vertebral Ridge. Despite the lack of history here, this area has recently yielded a handful of worthy routes and provides another easy access zone for Sedona with approaches similar to the Dry Creek Spires.

Getting There

Park in the paved parking loop at the end of the pavement on Dry Creek Road/FS 152C. Hike up the rough dirt road of FS 152C for 1/3 mile, just past the series of gnarly rock shelves where many prospective motorists are turned around. Turn right (east) off of the road and through some small boulders, and locate a hiker's trail that follows the crest of the ridge between the Dry Creek Spire cirque and the Lost Dry Creek Cirque to the north. This hiker's trail is across FS152C from a small pullout/vista which can be parked it if you have a high-clearance rig and want to cut 5 minutes or so off the hike. The trail is fairly well-defined as it apparently follows an old road for the initial several hundred yards. It becomes a bit braided as the ridge begins to steepen. Where the trail steepens, sniff around a bit to find a path which departs this hiker's trail, and head north down the slope until it deposits you in the large wash in the bottom of the Lost Dry Creek Cirque. Follow this wash, staying right at a few subsidiary washes cutting off on the left (north) and staying left when there is a more major fork near the head of the cirque with a right (south) drainage branching off. I cairned these junctions, but the cairn kickers may eliminate these and make your life harder. Basically, you are trying to stay in the main wash, and following it all the way back to the northeast part of the cirque. The couple of small summits of Scorpion Spire and The Bristle Pig are occasionally visible in the upper reaches, and can help guide you. The wash only steepens some in the final bit, and you leave it pretty much directly below Scorpion Spire.
Total hiking time is 30 to 40 minutes from the pavement to these climbs. Most of the approach is quite civilized for Sedona standards, with very little brush bashing and only a bit of steep, loose uphill at the end.

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