Elevation: 4,611 ft
GPS: 33.281, -111.074 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Manny Rangel on Mar 15, 2019 · Updates
Admins: Aaron Mc, Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, Brian Boyd, JJ Schlick, Kemper Brightman
Access Issue: Must Register! Private Property-The Pond, Atlantis and Mine Area Details

Description

This iconic rhyolite cliff band is immense. It will become a great resource after RCM completes the land swap. The management plan has been approved and climbing is a recognized activity here.

Getting There

North End:  Start at the parking for Lower Looner Land and Magma gardens.  Head west.  See Marty Karabin's book, "Queen Creek Canyon," for approach details and routes.

Middle Part: In Superior, head south on AZ 177 for 0.5 miles. Across from Ray Rd., take a left onto a dirt road (4WD) and head up the valley. There is a gate (locked, as of spring 2021) about half way up the road, at the edge of the Resolution Copper land. The hike from the gate to the end of the road is about 25 minutes. At the end of the road, there is a large well pad. Head straight uphill from there: there is no established path. The base of the wall can be reached in about a half hour. This area contains the largest walls in the Queen Creek area, but there are no published routes, yet.

South End:  To get to Geronimo and @ 20+ more climbs on the Southern part of the wall, take Magma Mine Road past the Oak Flat campground. After 1.5 miles, turn left onto the dirt road FR315; reset odometer at gate and drive @ 7/10th mile. On the east/left is the end of a broad flat area, look west/right for cairn to a dim trail that heads west up the canyon for 30min. You'll arrive at the Leap's edge. To access Geronimo, Broken Arrow, et cetera, hike north/right along climber's trail to it's end (@10-15min). After you pass under a small wall look for coldshuts on large west-facing blocks at trail's end. Be cautious when looking over the edge.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Apache Leap

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 5
Geronimo
Sport 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 3
Yellow Brick Road
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 4
Broken Arrow
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Geronimo
 5
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport 2 pitches
Yellow Brick Road
 3
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Broken Arrow
 4
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
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