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Oak Flats Rock Climbing 

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Location: 33.3022, -111.0534 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Trey Lewis on Nov 13, 2010
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There are well over 1000 problems with a ton of room for development. The rock is volcanic so it can be quite abrasive at times but yields many different and unique types of holds. The climbs can be anywhere from tic-tacky slabs to steep dynamic highballs and everywhere in between. Many of the taller problems have bolts for top ropes. You can climb any day of the year at Oak Flats. Summers can be hot, but in the shade with a breeze it's not to bad.

Getting There 

It's about an hour east of Phoenix on the 60. Drive through Superior, up the canyon and through the tunnel. Once you get to the top of the canyon look for a sign for Oak Flats campground and Magma Mine rd and turn right. Take your first left onto a dirt road. The road isn't to bad but it can get a little rough so be careful. Continue on this road to the top of the hill and take the right fork. Follow the winding road to another road and take a left. Look for a road to the right when you get to a wash with trees (there a hump you drive over). From here the road gets rough. There is parking here (don't block the road) if you don't want to continue or keep going to the main parking and the Warm-up Boulders.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.7 miles from here

34 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',15],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Oak Flats

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Oak Flats:
DJ's Easy   V1 5     Boulder, 15'   Davey Jones Locker
Alien Autopsy   V3 6A     Boulder, 12'   Vector Arena
Flake Orgasm   V3 6A     Boulder, 10'   Atlantis
DJ's Seam   V3 6A     Boulder   Davey Jones Locker
DJ's Arete   V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   Davey Jones Locker
Meat Suit   V5 6C     Boulder, 12'   Davey Jones Locker
The Rail   V6 7A     Boulder, 10'   Road Area
Evolution    V6 7A     Boulder, 15'   Atlantis
Blinded by the Light   V9 7C PG13     Boulder, 25'   Atlantis
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Featured Route For Oak Flats
Rock Climbing Photo: Me on The Rail (V6).

The Rail V6 7A  Arizona : Central Arizona : ... : Road Area
A must do for queen and in my opinion one of the hardest V6s around. Sit start (lay start) on the very low rail feature and climb it out the roof to the left. Hit the bad holds over the lip and pull onto the slab and exit left. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Arizona

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Rock Climbing Photo: mono will save your life
mono will save your life
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Oak Flat
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Rock Climbing Photo: classic dyno
classic dyno
Rock Climbing Photo: solid
Rock Climbing Photo: sarcophagus right
sarcophagus right
Rock Climbing Photo: sarcophagus boulder above atlantis
sarcophagus boulder above atlantis
Rock Climbing Photo: opposite side of mine boulder. Brutal v8-v9 unfini...
opposite side of mine boulder. Brutal v8-v9 unfini...
Rock Climbing Photo: Dishpan Hands brutal v8-v9, cam fam and cam gram i...
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By Trey Lewis
From: Glendale, Az
Nov 14, 2010
I made a video of a few problems a Oak Flats. Enjoy.
By Krull
Nov 23, 2010
Rock Climbing Photo: dishpan hands v8-v9
dishpan hands v8-v9

Rock Climbing Photo: Sarcophagus boulder
Sarcophagus boulder

Rock Climbing Photo: sarcophagus right
sarcophagus right

two gems, more than two handfulls of brutal routes i bet you've never hit at oak, RUGA!!
By baggins
From: Jerome, AZ
Apr 2, 2011
Hey guys, I went out today to see if I could find the warm-up boulder atleast..I got a little overwhelmed by the amount of other roads along the way and felt a little lost...I was wondering if anyone had a more detailed description on how to get out to any of these areas? Or if anyone is possibly interested in going out the afternoon of the 26th?
By Keenan
From: Eau Claire, WI
Oct 26, 2012
I am coming down from October 28th through November 2nd. Is there anyone who can show me around Oak Flats???
By Tradiban
Feb 14, 2013
I added a pic of the turn off the formally paved road. Low clearance vehicles can get pretty close to the rocks. Davy Jones boulder is only .5mi from Oak Flat camp so you could also just walk directly.
By Dan Herscovitch
Sep 17, 2013

From the Access Fund:

"Arizona climbers need your help! There is a vote scheduled for this Thursday, September 19th in the US House of Representatives on legislation that would trade away the popular Oak Flat climbing area in Arizona to Resolution Copper Mining, a foreign owned mining company. All 435 members of the House of Representatives will have the opportunity to cast a vote on this legislation, and we need your help to let him/her know of the many valid reasons to vote “NO” on HR 687."

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By James Willis
From: Gilbert, Arizona
Dec 23, 2013
Why is the area named Oak Flats? The area is called Oak Flat.
By RyanJohnson
From: Tucson, Arizona
Dec 23, 2013

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