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James Canyon Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 7,000'
Location: 35.04909, -111.7036 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Joel Unema on Oct 9, 2013

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James Canyon is a beautiful slot canyon cut into the Coconino Sandstone. Often traveled as a canyoneering route or off-path hike, this hidden canyon offers high-quality sandstone in an incredible and serene setting. Edges, pockets, and jugs, in multi-colored steep and sculpted sandstone bring to mind the Red River Gorge and led to the nickname "Little Kentucky" for this crag.
Old anchors on at least one crack show some development prior to this year, but the climbing included here was developed by John Gould, John Crawley, David Bloom, and Mat Greco during the summer of 2013. This crag is incredibly cool and may provide the perfect escape from the heat of May and June. Conditions are prime from May through October, except during monsoons, when the sandstone may become saturated. Light rains will leave the climbs untouched, as the rock is quite steep.

GPS coordinates are estimated.

Getting There 

Take the exit for Kelly Canyon off I-17 and take the forest road west of the interstate. Remain on the main road (as if driving to Kelly Canyon boulders) until just before you reach the large pit used as a shooting range. Turn left just before the shooting pit and continue on that road until you reach a road closed carsonite post. Park here and hike the road (10-15 min) until reaching a rock cairn on the left. (If you reach a downed large tree blocking the road, you have gone too far). Turn left at the cairn and walk towards the canyon ahead (James Canyon), following one or two more cairns. Follow a faint trail down into the canyon and continue down canyon (right) once you reach the bottom. The climbing area is just upstream of some permanent pools, so stop before you get your feet wet and look up to the left or the right and look for bolts!

Climbing Season

For the Pumphouse Wash area.

Weather station 3.5 miles from here

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Rock Climbing Photo: Local sport developing fiend, Matt Greco, unlockin...

Uncle Kentucky 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c  Arizona : Northern Arizona : ... : James Canyon
Incredible thin and technical moves on quality sandstone define this climb. While less steep than the lines in the Barrel, Uncle Kentucky packs a lot of difficult and unique movement into its moderate height. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Arizona

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