Barks Canyon Wall Rock Climbing
Bark's Canyon Wall on the far right and other unna...
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This wall has good rock for The Superstitions, which isn't saying much. Fun, mostly moderate climbs from 3-4 pitches with awesome scenery. Seems remote despite it's close proximity to the Peralta trailhead.
Park at the Peralta trailhead. Take the Bluff Springs Trail for about 1.5 miles over a ridge and into Bark Canyon. Turn left and scramble up the climbers trail to the base of the cliff.
Climbing Season For the Superstition Mountains area.
Weather station 4.9 miles from here
9 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Barks Canyon Wall
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Barks Canyon Wall:
Big Bruno 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, 4 pitches, 300'
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The Long Lead 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c AZ
: Central Arizona
: ... : Barks Canyon Wall
A fun 3 1/2 pitch route with spectacular scenery, decent rock (for The Supes), and some exposure. P1: Make a few face moves to get into a squeeze chimney. Ascend the chimney and cracks to a ledge. A short 5.6ish pitch. P2: Step up and right over a pocketed face, then up and left into a large right-facing dihedral (visible from the ground.) Climb up the dihedral until a face up and right brings you to a large ledge with a 2 bolt anchor. 5.8, 140'. P3: Scramble up and left into a wide chimn...[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
Love those Superstition sunsets. Looking East f...
So-so view from the top of P2 on the Long Lead.
BETA PHOTO: Bark's Canyon Wall just after a morning storm.
BETA PHOTO: View of Bark's Canyon Wall(on the left) from the B...
One more of Bark's Canyon Wall, etc.
By nicholas bujak
Feb 10, 2010
Barks Canyon left side of wall has several climbs on it. There is a 5.11b "Bandito Route" 3 pitches partially bolted line (starts on slab with rivet missing bolt to overhang protected by at least one old bolt) that looks tough and to the left of it is the 5.6 start to "Stroke it Gently" 10b, "The Long Road" 5.9 and "Glory Road" 5.7 all these climbs are four pitches, all start on the 5.6 crack protected with gear and two pitons. Further left I think there are two more climbs. The first one is called "Big Bruno"5.9 4 pitches (5.9,5.8,5.7,?). The second I think is "The Long Lead" 5.8 4 pitches.
By nicholas bujak
Feb 10, 2010
Oh and by the way when you start on the trail make sure its the trail breaking off immediately to the right less then ten steps form the parking lot. I took the wrong trail initially. I'm not the only one to make that mistake. It winds up to the right over a ridge providing spectacular views of a catus filled valley. It winds up and down until it drops down to a creek. Its a pretty relaxed hike. Before you reach the creek there is an obvious climbers trail to the left marked with cairns. You can see the cliff on the far left side. You'll recognize it from the pictures on this site. The whole approach should not take more than 45 min.
From: Phoenix & Prescott, AZ
Apr 5, 2016
Gorgeous rock and great routes. Single rope rap possible to descend, but it takes 3: 1 from the anchors that are slightly off summit (and out of sight from summit down the east side) to the big ledge on top of p. 2 of The Long Lead, then another single line to the anchors on top of p. 1 of Glory Road, then the last to the ground. Great anchors in great shape.