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Church Wall Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 5,052'
Location: 34.83151, -111.75897 View Map  Incorrect?
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You can see Castles in the Sand on the left (big r...


The Church Wall consists of the routes to the left of the Watchtower. The lines are clean and fun.

Getting There 

Turn off Highway 179 onto Chapel Road heading east. Before reaching the gate and Chapel of the Holy Cross parking area, park in a pullout on the north side of the road. Walk through the chapel parking area and pick up a climbers trail on the eastern edge of the parking area.

Follow the climbers trail about 1/4 mile until it intersects with a wide, well maintained mountain bike trail. Follow the bike trail for another 50 to 100 yards until you are below the large roof that marks Castles in the Sand. At this point look for a wash to your left that cuts straight up towards the cliff. At the top of this wash there is a short 4th class cliff to scramble up. Once on top of this cliff walk to the right end and pick-up the trail again. From this point the trail heads more or less straight up to the cliff base. The Religion Wall is to the right of the Watchtower and the Church Wall is to the left.

Once below the Watchtower, scramble up and left to the ledge below the Church Wall. Drop your packs on any flat spot and scope your line.

This approach takes between 30 and 45 minutes.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.5 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Church Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Church Wall:
Genesis   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 65'   
Follow Your Bliss   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 65'   
Castles in the Sand   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 3 pitches, 150'   
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Castles in the Sand 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a  Arizona : Sedona Area : ... : Church Wall
Castles In the Sand is a gorgeous line, and a burly route. This stunning neo classic is a must do if you are in the area. Pitch 1. 5.11- Climb striking off fingers/small hands crack in left facing dihedral. Belay below roof.Pitch 2. 5.11+ Rodeo time! Climbing out the roof crack, and riding the lip of the roof like a bull is the crux of the route. Continue up moderate crack to a belay just under the largest roof above you. Pitch 3. 5.11 A classic roof pitch that may remind you of Coatamundi...[more]   Browse More Classics in Arizona

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