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Cathedral Rock Area Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 4,500'
Location: 34.81932, -111.79305 View Map  Incorrect?
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Sunset behind Cathedral Rocks.

Description 

Cathedral Rocks area includes the famous Mace as well as some other great routes, located in the complex of mesas and towers just west of 179 from Back O' Beyond Road.

Getting There 

Turn west on Back O' Beyond Road from 179 and drive to the trailhead (south side) near it's end.

Climbing Season



Weather station 2.2 miles from here

20 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',2],['5.10',11],['5.11',6],['5.12',1],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Cathedral Rock Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Cathedral Rock Area:
Original Route   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 5 pitches, 400'   The Mace
South Face   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a R     Trad, 2 pitches, 180'   The Dodger
Andy Kaufman Crack   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 105'   North Mesa
Rappel Route   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     TR, 2 pitches, 75'   The Mace
Vortex in a Can   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 3 pitches   South Mesa
Rusty Cage   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   North Mesa
The Pirate   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   Middle Mesa
Fat Bastard   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c R     Trad, 1 pitch, 140'   North Mesa
Freedom   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   South Mesa
1999   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 115'   North Mesa
Enter the Vortex   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a R     Trad, 3 pitches, 280'   The Dodger
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Featured Route For Cathedral Rock Area
Rock Climbing Photo: The step across

Original Route 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a  Arizona : Sedona Area : ... : The Mace
The Mace is a classic Sedona route, and one of the "must do" lines in the area. If you're used to Moab area towers, this is a bit of a disappointment in terms of rock quality, but the adventure itself is wonderful.Approach from a small trailhead off of Back O' Beyond Road in Sedona. The hike is 15-20 minutes at a leisurely pace.P1: Climb up chimney (or the runout face to the right) to a crack through limestone band. Pull a small roof to gain a big alcove with eyebolt belay. 5.7.P2: Head up a h...[more]   Browse More Classics in Arizona

Photos of Cathedral Rock Area Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Beautiful Cathedral Rocks
Beautiful Cathedral Rocks
Rock Climbing Photo: another beautiful cathedral rock sunset
another beautiful cathedral rock sunset
Rock Climbing Photo: Cathedral Rock from near the site of the old Baldw...
BETA PHOTO: Cathedral Rock from near the site of the old Baldw...
Rock Climbing Photo: Petroglyphs on the north side of the North Mesa
BETA PHOTO: Petroglyphs on the north side of the North Mesa
Rock Climbing Photo: The Mace is on the left.
The Mace is on the left.
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing the softest sandstone in Sedonaat Cathedr...
Climbing the softest sandstone in Sedonaat Cathedr...
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing at Cathedral Rock.
Climbing at Cathedral Rock.
Rock Climbing Photo: Red rock of the Cathedral group from the summit of...
Red rock of the Cathedral group from the summit of...
Rock Climbing Photo: The crack on the west side of the North Mesa.  Gre...
BETA PHOTO: The crack on the west side of the North Mesa. Gre...
Rock Climbing Photo: Petroglyphs on the north side of the North Mesa
BETA PHOTO: Petroglyphs on the north side of the North Mesa
Rock Climbing Photo: Back-O-Beyond approach
BETA PHOTO: Back-O-Beyond approach

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By Richard Fernandez
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Feb 2, 2009
Did the Mace on Sunday, Feb 1st. Last pitch is a blast, one of the best pitches I've done in a while. Although I found it a bit harder than 5.9+, more like a 5.10b. Physically demanding route you'll use every part of your body on. Great top out. We opted out of the lean/jump pitch because of 40+ mph winds. Long pants and shirts are useful for the full body jams! Have fun!
By Kevin Kent
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Dec 7, 2015
What are the names of the small tower/fins between South Mesa and Middle Mesa?
Also what is the name of this tower which is attached at the bottom to South Mesa?
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down at The Dodge from near the summit of ...
Looking down at The Dodge from near the summit of South Mesa.

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