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When I originally tried to figure out where the route, Four Flying Apaches, was located, I had a pretty difficult time. I had a few friends that had done the route, but nobody seemed to be able to tell me where it was or how to get there...go figure.

Here's my best description...Gibralter Rock is the northern end of the shattered-looking ridge of rock that runs north-south between the Church Spires and Courhouse Butte. Up this rather questionably looking rock is one of the coolest moderate routes in Sedona, Four Flying Apaches aka Sedona Scenic Cruise.

Getting There 

Parking is at a long skinny pullout a ways north of Bell Rock. There's a sort of blockade/hitching post looking thing on the north end of this pullout. Hike north on the trail until you get to a bridge over a deep wash. Climb down into the wash and head east toward the rock, staying mostly right at the splits in the wash. Grunt up a hill at the end to reach the base of the rock and the route.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.2 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Gibraltar Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Gibraltar Rock:
Sedona's Scenic Cruise    5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 5 pitches, 700'   
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Featured Route For Gibraltar Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: Dana Ikeda, pitch 3 of SSC

Sedona's Scenic Cruise 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  Arizona : Sedona Area : ... : Gibraltar Rock
Sedona Scenic Cruise is a pretty cool moderate outing that has been gaining popularity over the last few years. The crux is often figuring out where the route is located. If you look east from highway 179 between Bell Rock and the Church Spires, there is a jagged high ridge of rock running roughly North-South. SSC goes up the leftmost formation on this ridge. At first glance, the rock looks way too shattered to be a good place for a climbing route, but surprisingly, it's pretty good.P1) 120'...[more]   Browse More Classics in Arizona

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Rock Climbing Photo: This is a rough outline of the trail up to Sedona ...
BETA PHOTO: This is a rough outline of the trail up to Sedona ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Gibralter, Courthouse Butte, Bell Rock
Gibralter, Courthouse Butte, Bell Rock

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