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Oak Creek Spire Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 4,000'
Location: 34.80291, -111.72756 View Map  Incorrect?
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The famous jump-across move on Oak Creek Spire (L....


Oak Creek Spire is a classic double-summited Sedona spire with a rabbit-ears profile. This tower tends to have a lot more loose rock than other towers in Sedona, so a little extra caution (and a HELMET) is advised. The highlight of climbing OCS is the (in)famous "jump move" on the lead of the third pitch, where you have to leap across a gap between the spire's ears to a small stance on the far side. Exciting stuff!

Getting There 

It is considered bad climber karma to appraoch OCS by trespassing through Pine Valley Estates!

From the trailhead off Jacks Canyon Road, hike north on the Ridge Trail (see map). As you approach the top of a hill, a faint trail should lead cross-country to the northeast and Oak Creek Spire. You go down into a wash and then climb up a wash that comes down from the west side of the spire to reach the routes.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.4 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Oak Creek Spire

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Oak Creek Spire:
North Face/West Crack   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   
Poquito Bandito   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 65'   
"Southern Revival" South Face of Oak Creek Spire   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Trad, 6 pitches, 560'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: South Face of Oak Creek Spire

"Southern Revival" South Face of Oak Creek Spire 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b  Arizona : Sedona Area : ... : Oak Creek Spire
Southern Revival climbs the grand dihedral system on the South Face of Oak Creek Spire. Stunning positioning, steep and sustained climbing, and challenging difficulties potentially make Southern Revival the hardest, free standing summit route in Sedona. An obvious system of steep cracks will take climbers through striking corners, demanding boulder problems and puckering ooh-aahh exposure. Historical and FA information: Correct historical information of previous attempts at the South Face dih...[more]   Browse More Classics in Arizona

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Rock Climbing Photo: Oak Creek Spire (south side)
Oak Creek Spire (south side)
Rock Climbing Photo: The view to the north on top of Oak Creek Spire
The view to the north on top of Oak Creek Spire
Rock Climbing Photo: Definitely not the correct approach angle
Definitely not the correct approach angle

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By Alexander K
From: The road
Apr 11, 2017
Some more info on how to find the trail: Park at the Jack's Canyon trailhead, cross the street and go through the cattle gate. Take this trail until you go down into the wash west of Oak Creek Spire, shortly after the trail starts heading away from the spire an obvious trail branches off to the right. Take this and make some decisions about which cairned path you will take to the base of the tower. No bushwacking and very nice.

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