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*Isolation Canyon Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 5,000'
Location: 34.36127, -111.45026 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: manuel rangel on Apr 16, 2006
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Beautiful quartzite crag just outside Pine, AZ. Routes ranging from 40ft to 300ft. 5easy-5.12.

Getting There 

From Pine, Arizona drive south of town, just past Bradshaw Drive to Pine Trailhead. A large paved parking area puts you on the Arizona Trail. Head southwest and downhill for several minutes. As you reach the gate and ranch (on your right), look for climber's trail heading left at the base of the hill.

Another option is to drive from the clearing south of Pine Trailhead along Old County Road to near the original parking area. Park near here.

As you arrive at Pine Creek along the climbers' trail, look for the trail which rises sharply on the south side of the creek bed, just before the rock becomes an impassable cliff. Follow this trail up on over the hill as it meanders along a dry gully (usually) and across the flat top for a while. Eventually the trail takes you down to the walls.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.1 miles from here

132 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',58],['2 Stars',57],['1 Star',10],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in *Isolation Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for *Isolation Canyon:
Shadow Play   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Main Wall - North
Tropical People   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   Finktion Wall
Green Lantern   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport   Main Wall - North
Ordinary Bypass   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Finktion Wall
Doubts Even Here   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Main Wall - Center
Everything's Gone Green   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Main Wall - Center
Dos Capitans   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 90'   Finktion Wall
Mellow Yellow   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 90'   Main Wall - South
Slate's Day Off   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Main Wall - Center
Walking Dead Arete   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 190'   Main Wall - Center
Kestrel's Last Stand   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   Main Wall - South
Arrogant Bastard   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 115'   Main Wall - South
Life By The Drop   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Main Wall - North
Angel Wing   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 3 pitches, 260'   Main Wall - South
Great Race   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 80'   Main Wall - Center
Spinous Process   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 90'   Main Wall - North
Stellar Arete   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   Main Wall - South
Vitamin M   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Main Wall - Center
No White Flag   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   Main Wall - Center
The Proposal   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Main Wall - Center
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Featured Route For *Isolation Canyon
Rock Climbing Photo: Lisa high on The Proposal at the first bolt.  Wond...

The Proposal 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  Arizona : Central Arizona : ... : Main Wall - Center
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Photos of *Isolation Canyon Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: The wall
The wall
Rock Climbing Photo: #4 on Remission 5.9R, it has a couple of long runo...
#4 on Remission 5.9R, it has a couple of long runo...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking north from Isolation Canyon's Main Wall to...
Looking north from Isolation Canyon's Main Wall to...
Rock Climbing Photo: Gray Thompson climbing the second pitch of M&M Dih...
Gray Thompson climbing the second pitch of M&M Dih...
Rock Climbing Photo: Park at Pine Trailhead just south of Pine, Az. Alt...
BETA PHOTO: Park at Pine Trailhead just south of Pine, Az. Alt...
Rock Climbing Photo: This is the alternate approach for parking at Isol...
BETA PHOTO: This is the alternate approach for parking at Isol...
Rock Climbing Photo: Long approach,  but so worth it.
Long approach, but so worth it.
Rock Climbing Photo: Gail and I walked along the canyon bottom to the N...
Gail and I walked along the canyon bottom to the N...
Rock Climbing Photo: Jess stopping for a shot on some sweet bolted line...
Jess stopping for a shot on some sweet bolted line...
Rock Climbing Photo: Moderate trad line.  Gotta love "No Hands&quo...
Moderate trad line. Gotta love "No Hands&quo...
Rock Climbing Photo: the approach
BETA PHOTO: the approach
Rock Climbing Photo: Isolation Canyon Main Wall
Isolation Canyon Main Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Multi-pitch
Rock Climbing Photo: A cold icy traverse under the fixed line overhang ...
A cold icy traverse under the fixed line overhang ...

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By eMurdock
From: Tucson, Arizona
Apr 16, 2006
Mark: what's the point of posting it if it is "show and tell only". You don't put a beer in front of a recovering alcoholic. By the way, Paola gave me your info and I'll give you a call when I get to flag. Cheers, Erik.
By markguycan
From: flagstaff, AZ
Apr 24, 2006
The point of "show and tell only" is that we don't mind sharing this area but we want to be discreet because we don't want to see it grid bolted. Post me, or other informed users if you want to go and we'll take you out there.
By Anthony Stout
From: Albuquerque, NM
May 1, 2006
Do you have a general vicinity? i.e. northern, central, or southern Arizona. Knowing that might make me consider if it is worth contacting you for a trip there (i.e. how far is it from Albuquerque, or northeastern Arizona.)
By Brad Brandewie
Jan 15, 2007
As posted other places on the Internet...

Pine Canyon... near Strawberry, AZ
By Jimbo
Apr 4, 2007
So, whens the "show and tell only" going to go away???
Looks like there's 70 plus routes there already.
The words out, no grid bolting, or bolting cracks. We hear and obey.
Hell, I climb with a guide book author and even though he has a financial interest in not posting topos he still does.
Lighten up and post a topo already!!
By phil broscovak
Apr 11, 2007
Sometimes I can't believe how lucky I am! I got to have a personal tour of this really cool place by Manny. Now it isn't often that an old crag rat such as myself gets too worked up over new crags but I have to say I was absolutely enchanted by Isolation Canyon. This area will inevitably end up a "destination location". The rock is fantastic beautiful stone. Manny and his friends have worked tirelessly to establish trails and routes of the highest quality. Please respect not only their efforts but the area as well. BE AWARE OF AND SENSITIVE TO THE WILDLIFE! This is after all their home we just visit. If you run across Manny or any of the locals buy them a beer they deserve it! Manny Thanx for the tour believe me I will return.
By Lindajft Jft
From: maricopa, AZ
Jun 21, 2007
WOW, don't let anyone tell you the mountain doesn't get hot.
Yesterday, over 100f. It was a tough hike out from the main wall.
Bring lots of water.
Love the rock at Iso.
By Laurel Arndt
From: Phoenix
Aug 16, 2007
Went to Iso again this week, and as alway totally alone. In the last two weeks have done Manny's classics Angel Wing, Walking Dead Arete, La vida Loca and Everything Gone Green and Gone Grey, even got on War Hippies third pitch sweet......first time to see a critter. Mike enconter a small rattler on a ledge as we rapped. Best time to arrived this time of year 9:30am. Corner climbs in shade while rest of wall cooling off.
Highly recomment Spinous Process and Allez Lou for a mix of trad and sport fun....
By Jimbo
Nov 2, 2007
Been here twice now. Still can't figure out where everything is from the info on MP.
The climbing is very good, however.
Thanks for the great stuff you guys, I will be back again and again.

One comment, no one who would want to "grid bolt" this place will ever do it. It's to hard to get on top of these climbs and rap bolt them. This always filters out 90% of the wood be bosch-ers.
I really think your concerns about this are now unfounded. Time to post an overview with all routes listed in order.
Save us Isolation Canyon enthusiasts a head ache would ya!!

By Braxtron
From: ...
Jan 29, 2008
How about unveiling the location of this crag to the masses?
By markguycan
From: flagstaff, AZ
Apr 3, 2008
Manny is putting together a guide, it's a bit complicated to find the area/ routes on you own; therefore: go with someone who's already been or wait for the guide or take your chances with the info available on MP.
By Robin like the bird
From: mountain center ,CA
Aug 7, 2008
I fully support the show and tell ethic. it reminds me of the stories i have heard of other climbing area in AZ like Granite Mt and Paradise forks. Lovejoy has told me stories of the early days of GM and how only few people where climbing there and how it keep the mountain quiet and peacefully. Stay strong and keep your climbing areas as secrets as you want, because once the circus arrives in town the fun will be over.
By Brad Brandewie
Aug 7, 2008
If one wants to keep an area secret, perhaps one should refrain from posting the area on the Internet in the first place.
By Arthur Sullivan
From: Albuquerque,NM
Jan 13, 2009
There's a somewhat detailed description of the hike in on the internet. Just takes a search engine and a little patience to find it.
By markguycan
From: flagstaff, AZ
Aug 29, 2009
rattlers are out, saw two last week. be careful!
By Larry
From: SoAZ
Mar 5, 2010
How long must we wait to find out where this is?
By Neill Prohaska
From: Tucson, AZ
May 2, 2010
By roman d
From: Pasadena, CA
Oct 21, 2010
The exploration is half (or more) of the fun! Anyone who wants to find this place will figure it out after a few trips.
By JMo
From: Tucson, AZ
Nov 14, 2010
as far as finding your way out there being fun, i gotta concur with roman. today we headed out there to climb main wall and decided to be in the sun instead. the sunny climbs are much fun. especially if you are on-sighting with no guide, just route names someone has written on wooden sticks and wedged in the cracks at the base of the climbs. it was fun looking around, reading the sticks, guessing at the grade, and the routes are well bolted...
By JJ Schlick
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Jul 16, 2011
Howdy ya'll, I have been sorting routes in order, and changing up the boundaries of the walls to be congruent with Manny's new guide. The routes for the Main Wall North and Center are now in proper order as you go down the wall. Though not every route has been entered here on MP. Hope this helps make more sense of the place for those of us who don't know it all that well yet. A big thanks to Manny for the info, and all his hard work there. The new guide looks very well done, and I can't wait to feel the heft of it in book form.
From: Mesa AZ
Jan 13, 2012
I wanted to announce that I am working with Manny and we will be launching the website shortly for the new guidebook at It will have some content and we will be happy to showcase pictures that you have from your visits.
Feel free to backlink our site in your Facebook posts so that we can build SEO - Thanks!

By Geir
From: Tucson, AZ
Jan 13, 2012
Congrats to Manny for getting the guide out for Iso!!! I already got my copy and can't wait to read it cover to cover.
By Mike
From: Phoenix
Jan 24, 2012
Mark I'm not sure about PRG, but I know they have them in stock at the Arizona Hiking Shack.
From: Mesa AZ
Jan 30, 2012
Yes the book has approach beta - PM me if your still looking for
By Cornelius Jefferson
Apr 2, 2012
so in other words its 'show and tell only'...unless there's money to be made from a guidebook?

i think that speaks for itself.
By Christian
From: Casa do Cacete
Apr 4, 2012
Net of expenses (printing, retailer's markup,etc...)how much can he be making off this guidebook per hour invested? $3 an hour?

What's left over is probably not even enough to cover the cost of the bolts he put up.

By Nick Rhoads
Apr 23, 2012
How's this on hot days? Shade easy to find?
By Tim Heid
From: AZ
Apr 25, 2012
It can get pretty hot out there anywhere in the sun.

There is shade all day at the base of Shadow Play on the Main Wall - North. The rest of the Main Wall goes into shade around 1:00pm this time of year.
By cragbum5
Apr 19, 2013
Random question. I got suckered into driving because my car is the most fuel efficient out of my group of friends. Is my Honda accord going to safely make it? I took it to Jack's and was worried because the wrong turn off was taken and things got bad and I just don't want to destroy my car
By Tim Heid
From: AZ
Apr 19, 2013
I haven't been to Iso in awhile, but in the past we've always taken a car and been fine. We usually park at a small open area on the right of the road, 200 yards or so shy of where the high clearance vehicles park. Unless the road conditions have dramatically changed, you'll have no issues.
By Eric D
From: Gnarnia
May 1, 2013
I climbed here for the first time last weekend. It is some of the best rock in Arizona. Really cool climbing.

Manny, I do recommend that the guidebook ratings get adjusted in the next edition. We found them to be on average one or two full letter grades soft compared to the rest of Arizona.
By manuel rangel
From: Tempe, Arizona
Jun 25, 2013
Eric, thanks for the feedback. Ratings should evolve and I'll keep your comment in mind next edition.

Ratings are subjective and they reflect my feelings on it when I did the FA (except for Proposal, that was Lisa Stern and Jon Apprill).

On a second note, people keep removing rocks from the trail. Please leave them alone. They control erosion.

Someone cut a new trail as it nearly reaches the main wall ledge. Please keep to the path. It may be a bit hard to follow but do not bust out and create more erosion.
By MikeyBoyAz
From: Mesa
Oct 1, 2013
Had an enjoiable climb for the first time at Isolation back on Sep 1 with my Bro in-Law. Getting in was quite the experience, but once we found the routes we were looking for it was a great experience. Getting out took a fraction of the time as getting orientated. Next time it will be a pinch easier :D
By mark Hofmeister
From: Flagstaff,Az
Nov 8, 2013
Thank you for whoever put this area together and established it! This is an amazing crag in a cool town!! The lines I have been on so far have all been worth climbing and doing again! Im heading back to Iso this weekend hope to see folks out there pulling hard!
By manuel rangel
From: Tempe, Arizona
Jul 20, 2014
That Brewery is a great place to chill after a day in Isolation or while driving home from Jacks Canyon.

Good food and great beer.
By Donovan Allen
From: Subaru
Feb 9, 2015
TO WHOEVER SHIT AT THE BASE OF FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN- go clean your shit up. Get a bag do something with it. I don't care if it was an emergency. please respect ISO and also trad routes... Just cause bolts aren't on it doesn't mean it's not a route. - Don
By manuel rangel
From: Tempe, Arizona
Sep 27, 2015
Just posted a photo of the changed parking for Isolation. Easiest of all is to park at Pine Trailhead and walk southwesterly on the Arizona Trail to the meeting with the climbers trail. You could also turn right after crossing the cattle guard (south/west side of road) near the horse crossing sign on Hwy 87 (about Mile Post 266.2) and drive down this dirt road til it meets the Old County Highway and park. It is a bit shorter walk.
By walmongr
From: Gilbert AZ
Aug 26, 2016
What a fun place!! Rock is way better then it looks from the approach trail. The bolts seam very thought out and where then need to be.. Great work by the FA's equipping these line... Definitely an AZ gem... Will be back for sure!

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