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A No.1 S 
Band of Gypsies T 
Big Rock Candy Mountain T 
Bindlestiff T 
Boxcar Tourist S 
Cackleberry  S 
Calling In S 
Cat Wagon S 
Couch Surfer T 
Elk Sign S 
Frisk A Drag S 
Gandy Dancer S 
Grease the Tracks S 
High Hanging Biscuits S 
Hobo Hash S 
Hobophilia S 
Hobophobic S 
Hungry Hungry Hobo S 
Jolt Train T 
Jungle Buzzard  S 
Late For the Gravy Train T 
Lucky Streak S 
Mulligan Pie S 
Mulligan Stew S 
Mushfaker T 
Never Ending Night Train T 
Pie in the Sky T 
Possum Belly  S 
Railway Runaway S 
Redball S 
Road Sister S 
Shootin' Snipes T 
South of No North S 
Southern Exposure S 
Steel Reserve S 
Sweet Back S 
Sweet Back Direct S 
Tin Roof Sunday T 
Twist a Dream T 
Uberfall T 
Volt S 
Wanderer Over Yonder T 
Westbound Willy T 
Whistling Wabash, The S 

Hobo Jungle Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 7,800'
Location: 35.3899, -111.6138 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Darren Mabe on Jun 11, 2012

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Tucked back on the east side of the San Francisco Peaks and north of Lockett Meadow is a small and secluded andesite/dacite crag called the Hobo Jungle. Hobo Jungles are camps of transient hobo communities, which congregate usually near a railroad. The hobo culture is quite elaborate and intriguing having aspects not too different than those of the climbing community. If you are more interested in hobohemia and an internet search isn't enough, check out the documentary "The American Hobo".

Rock Climbing Photo: Darren Mabe entering the splitter section of Never...
Darren Mabe entering the splitter section of Never Ending Night Train 5.10+.

Photo: Chris Novellino

The climbing at the Jungle has been described as a “mini-Peaks” with climbs of all grades, though stacked with Elevens. Routes are mostly all bolted like the powerful sport problems, Jungle Buzzard and Redball. There are also a few trad/mixed adventures like Bindlestiff and Twist a Dream. Don't miss out on the crag's classics Southern Exposure and Mulligan Pie. The Jungle is also home to area testpiece, Steel Reserve, an overhanging 5.13. There's something for everyone.

Facing mostly east and in national forest land, the Hobo Jungle is a wonderful afternoon crag, though the left side routes get cool morning shade.

Rock Climbing Photo: Dean Hoffman styling the crux of Mulligan Stew 5.1...
Dean Hoffman styling the crux of Mulligan Stew 5.11-.
Photo: Chris Novellino

Getting There 

The Hobo Jungle is a 30 minute drive from Flagstaff. Take 89 north out of Flag towards Page. After a little over 11 miles from the Hwy 40 junction, turn left on FR 545 (right is Sunset Crater). At the T after a half mile, turn right on FR 552 (left goes towards Schultz Pass). Follow this heavily washboarded road for a mile as it gradually bends left. Turn right on FR 418, and follow this for about 2.5 miles as it wraps around to a hairpin and lone boulder marker on the right. Turn LEFT and park in the parking area and popular campsite. From here, a casual 15 minute flip-flop stroll south along the jeep trail dead-ends to a nice clearing, and the Hobo Jungle crag on your right. NO MOTOR VEHICLES according to the Coconino National Forest Trails Map. Follow a path across the wash to the right end of the crag at the Hobo Cave and wonderful congregating spot, underneath the proud overhanging and thin bolted face of Steel Reserve. An alternate low trail follows the wash to the south and left end routes, featuring South of No North and A-No.1.
Rock Climbing Photo: San Francisco Peaks topo.
San Francisco Peaks topo.


Climbing Season

Weather station 4.6 miles from here

44 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',16],['2 Stars',18],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Hobo Jungle

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Hobo Jungle:
Hungry Hungry Hobo   5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c     Sport, 100'   
Band of Gypsies   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Hobophilia   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 65'   
Shootin' Snipes   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 65'   
Never Ending Night Train   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Gandy Dancer   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 70'   
Southern Exposure   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Mulligan Stew   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 75'   
Redball   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
Mulligan Pie   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 90'   
Hobophobic   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Railway Runaway   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 100'   
Volt   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Lucky Streak   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 70'   
Sweet Back Direct   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
Possum Belly    5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 70'   
High Hanging Biscuits   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Sweet Back   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
South of No North   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Sport, 75'   
Steel Reserve   5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Browse More Rock Climbing Classics in Hobo Jungle

Featured Route For Hobo Jungle
Rock Climbing Photo: Helen climbs Henrie's area classic Southern Exposu...

Southern Exposure 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b  Arizona : Northern Arizona : ... : Hobo Jungle
Nice big holds lead to some tricky climbing past a couple bulges. Catch a good rest on a ledge and then enjoy great climbing on nice, crisp edges on the upper wall leading to anchor. This route is named after Jason ripping the crotch of his shorts and having "southern exposure" (wasn't wearing any underwear...too much information??)while hanging on the wall, cleaning the line....[more]   Browse More Classics in Arizona

Photos of Hobo Jungle Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: This is the view to the North from the top of the ...
This is the view to the North from the top of the ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Greco working on Steel Reserve  35mm film shot wit...
Greco working on Steel Reserve 35mm film shot wit...
Rock Climbing Photo: Pie in the Sky.  Photo: Chris Novellino
Pie in the Sky. Photo: Chris Novellino
Rock Climbing Photo: Eric Deschamps working hard on the project, an exq...
Eric Deschamps working hard on the project, an exq...
Rock Climbing Photo: These puppies were a bit overdue for replacement. ...
BETA PHOTO: These puppies were a bit overdue for replacement. ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Hobo Jungle; nice crag
Hobo Jungle; nice crag
Rock Climbing Photo: Toofast taking shelter from the rain
Toofast taking shelter from the rain
Rock Climbing Photo: EFR enjoying some easy romping at the top of Road ...
EFR enjoying some easy romping at the top of Road ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Unknown corner right of Lucky Streak. Climbable?
BETA PHOTO: Unknown corner right of Lucky Streak. Climbable?
Rock Climbing Photo: Project, just left of Jungle Buzzard.
BETA PHOTO: Project, just left of Jungle Buzzard.

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By rob pizem
Jun 11, 2012
Great job D-ron, looks like a nice zone with some featured rock. Way to put the time in and get people psyched!
By JJ Schlick
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Jun 11, 2012
Awesome Darren! Thanks for all the hard work, and for sharing the vision. This gentle canyon is destined to work it's way into the hearts of many.
By Eric D
From: Gnarnia
Jun 12, 2012
Nice work with this place Darren! Thanks for sharing and overall making this a good-time for everyone to contribute to, it's been a blast seeing the place develop.
By Darren Mabe
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Jun 12, 2012
Big thanks also to Phil Rullman who found this hidden gem, realized the potential and brought me there last year to help put up new routes. We bolted the project above the hobo cave together as the first route. Welcome to the jungle! It has been great seeing the character of the routes develop and to give back to the positive and welcoming energy of the community.
By Hamlincheese
Jul 4, 2012
A few days ago, at sunset, we witnessed approximately 500 bats fly out of the hole with all the chirping on Westbound Willy. Quite a site and certainly wouldn't want to be up on route when this happens again! Stick around to see it.
By 1Eric Rhicard
Jul 9, 2012
Thanks for a great little area guys. Had a blast meeting you and climbing. Let me know when you are coming down.
By arjunmh
From: Phoenix & Prescott, AZ
Jul 22, 2012
Agreed! The area is terrific and you'll have done a great job setting some really fun routes. Can't wait to get back and get on some more. Really fun meeting and climbing and thankfully the rain on sprinkled a wee bit!! Thanks for all the hard work and I'm excited to have gotten up there after hearing such good things from folks. Right on!
By JMo
From: Tucson, AZ
Jul 23, 2012
Big rock candy mountains, Darren, JJ, Colin, Phil and everyone thanks for the Branch Line
By Mark Mueller
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Jul 23, 2012
Gah! got rained out today!
By Mike Zeugirdor
Jul 24, 2012
Please pick up after your selves your mother doesnt live at this crag..or does she? either way lets keep this spot lookin good and clear of plastic bottles!
By JJ Schlick
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Jul 26, 2012
Many of the anchors at the Hobo Jungle are designed to employ two FIXED biners. PLEASE do not take any carabiners off of any anchor, unless you are planning on immediately replacing it with one of yours.
By Tradiban
Jul 27, 2012
I think it's good to add in big bold capital letters, DO NOT TOP ROPE ON FIXED BINERS!. Use only to lower or better yet just rappel. Good job camo-ing those as well gentleman. Might want to zip tie those biners so people get the message.
By Red
From: Tacoma, Toyota
Aug 27, 2012
Does anyone have beta on the route just to the right of Cat Wagon? Is it a proj? It seems to be the only route not listed here.
By Colin Cox
Aug 27, 2012
Hey Red...that's a route that Bloom and Crawley started and found to be v10 in the start, to 5.11 forced up the arete. Bolting is unfinished.
By john crawley
From: flagstaff, az
Aug 27, 2012
Red. The route will be posted and added as a project after it is finished being bolted. The route is a v7 to a v10 followed by easy, but really fun climbing.
By Red
From: Tacoma, Toyota
Aug 28, 2012
Thanks. That line looks sweet! ...and burl... Good luck to the FA!
By Paul Zander
From: Neuchatel, CH
Feb 20, 2014
This is more of a guess than real info. I'm guessing the climbing conditions are great, but that the road is closed.
By Austin P
May 4, 2015
My group had to leave 4 quickdraws on Southern Exposure due to some rain that moved in quickly on Sunday evening. We should be back next weekend to pick them up but if anyone grabs them before please contact me at 602-341-3129. Thank you!
By Dean Hoffman
Jun 12, 2015
Again and again don't steal the anchor biners!
By JJ Schlick
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Jun 12, 2015
Even if it's a chain anchor....
By Pablo-Roberts
From: Prescott, Arizona
Jun 27, 2016
Hey Flagstaff Community.

I may have left a light green hat somewhere around Hobo climbing area. Has anyone found it? It has a Pup N Suds Logo on it and is actually quite important to me. Any chance anyone has seen it around the base of the cliffs? I spent the last three weeks climbing in Hobo. Let me know. Would much appreciate it.

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