3 - Checkerboard Rock Climbing
Five sport and mixed routes ranging from 5.8 to 5.10.
The Checkerboard sector is shaded until approximately 2pm.
Disembark and hike straight up the rocky drainage for approximately 15 minutes. The strenuous hike involves a small amount of scrambling but is over soon enough.
Follow the uphill, left branch when the trail forks near the base of the cliff. Gain a slight bit of elevation and wind through a few shrubs, continuing left past the Queen
sector. The Checkerboard
sector is the comparatively small black and gray low angle cliff.
Climbing Season For the 2 - Bear Canyon area.
Weather station 3.9 miles from here
4 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in 3 - Checkerboard
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for 3 - Checkerboard:
Featured Route For 3 - Checkerboard
Checkered Past 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
: Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin...
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This is a mostly gear-protected route on the left side of the Checkerboard wall. While the climbing is relatively easy, the gear at the crux seemed pretty dicey to me, and the rock quality is not great in places (a common theme at Chessmen). I suppose you could always bail onto Queen of Kings if you get spooked, but I don't recommend for novice trad leaders. I'm giving it PG13 because if the gear blew at the crux you'd have a really bad day....[more] Browse More Classics in Arizona