Castle Rock - South Tower Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: Trailhead and approach beta
Year-round goodness to be found here! Castle Rock is the name broadly given to the rock formation that can be seen on the left as you enter the Village of Oak Creek from the south. While somewhat less striking and not as recognizable as nearby Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte, it is higher than Bell Rock - with FAR fewer people. Although it is called Castle Rock as if it were a single rock, and it does indeed appear to be a single wall when viewed from the southern part of the village, as you drive north, you'll see that there are two towers that are separated from the main wall in a line to the south - making for some shade at any time of day. It is mysterious why this area is not more popular among climbers - it's not even mentioned in Tim Toula's guide or David Bloom's. If you have any information on this area, please contribute! Climbers have been active here, you'll come across old slings on junipers and the occasional bolt. This is an area with beautiful, classic summits, some shade to be found at any time of day and some great, natural, moderate multi-pitch lines. Here, an experienced, cautious, well-equipped party can get a few pitches off deck in the morning and be back enjoying a beer in the village by lunchtime. Helmets, while always a good idea, are essential here. Lots of clean, protect-able cracks but also a lot of loose rock, particularly on the belay ledges so use caution and common sense.
Just north of the Village of Oak Creek, park in the Bell Rock Trailhead parking lot (you'll need a Red Rocks pass), then, looking both ways, cross hwy 179 heading West on the Templeton trail. See attached photos for orientation. The approach hike will take about 30 minutes or less on a good trail. Getting to the North Face of the South Tower will involve a short 10-minute bushwhack to the base of the route.
Climbing Season For the Oak Creek Village area.
Weather station 4.2 miles from here
2 Total Climbing Routes
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Featured Route For Castle Rock - South Tower
Mrs. Robinson 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Arizona
: Sedona Area
: ... : Castle Rock - South Tower
Really fun route that is perfect for a casual outing in Sedona. The route climbs mostly at 5.8 and only has a 10 foot section of 5.10 on the first pitch. It is quite easy to pull through this section using 1 or 2 black diamond red c3's to keep the grade at 5.8 if desired . If not the 5.10 move is fun and well protected. The climb stops just a few feet short of the top of the tower. The FA was done all the way to the top but the rock quality at the top significantly decreased so the anchors were ...[more] Browse More Classics in Arizona
BETA PHOTO: approach hike beta
BETA PHOTO: Castle Rock, South Tower