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*Prescott Area Bouldering* 
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**Prescott Areas Rock Climbing 

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Prescott is a beautiful little city, and she is loaded with granite!! Not to mention a colorful climbing history. From the unique holds of Thumb Butte to the 500' wall of Granite Mountain, to the tricky folds of the Dells, Prescott has a substantial list of quality routes, both trad and sport, old school and new.

Rock Climbing Photo: Heather Hayes pulls through the crux of the Coatim...
Heather Hayes pulls through the crux of the Coatimundi Roof, Granite Mountain.

Along with that, Sullivan's Canyon is a great basalt area which really caters to the beginner and moderate trad climber. Throw in the quartzite sport routes of the Promised Land, and you have a perfect mid elevation destination to either shake off the cold of Flagstaff, or to flee the heat of the lower deserts of Southern Arizona.

Rock Climbing Photo: Jack moving into the roof crux on Judgement Day, T...
Jack moving into the roof crux on Judgement Day, Thumb Butte, Prescott, AZ

And, of course, the bouldering is awesome! The steel grey, fine grained granite of areas like Groom Creek and Wolf Creek speak for themselves, while the mid grained golden granite around town reminds one of perfect Joshua Tree style stone. You can get lost for days of highballing out at Watson Lake, or try your hand at some fantastic pocketed basalt bouldering at Thumb Butte, and in Sullivan's Canyon. The Santa Maria Mountains north of town still hold a quantity of undeveloped mid grained granite. The list of excellent problems is long, and reaches well into the double digit V's at this point in time.

Rock Climbing Photo: Mike Gasch dealing well with a Painful Truth V4, T...
Mike Gasch dealing well with a Painful Truth V4, Thor's Chasm, Watson Lake, 1999.

Voodoo Blues is the chalked up black streak on the far right.

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['4 Stars',76],['3 Stars',214],['2 Stars',98],['1 Star',83],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in **Prescott Areas

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for **Prescott Areas:
The Wave   V0+ 4+     Boulder, 10'   Main Boulders : The Wave Area
Facelift   V4 6B     Boulder, 12'   Satellite Areas : The Island (Facelift Area)
Moonstone   V6 7A     Boulder, 10'   Main Boulders : Moonstone, Leg Lock Rock, B...
High Exposure Exit   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch   Granite Mountain : Middle Section
Dislocation Direct   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 300'   Granite Mountain : Swamp Slabs
The Classic   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 3 pitches   Granite Mountain : Middle Section
French Tickler   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   High Rappel Dell : Co-op Crack Area
Magnolia Thunderpussy   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 3 pitches   Granite Mountain : Middle Section
Cheiu Hoi   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   Granite Mountain : Right Section
Said and Done   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 3 pitches   Granite Mountain : Middle Section
Better Than Mecca   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 30'   Lower Sullivan's : Opera House, Hot Spot
Coatimundi / Candyland LInkup   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   Granite Mountain : Middle Section
Crack Lover's Variation   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Granite Mountain : Middle Section
Mecca   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Thumb Butte : Northeast Face
Reunion   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 250'   Granite Mountain : Middle Section
Co-op Crack   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 120'   High Rappel Dell : Co-op Crack Area
Kingpin   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 5 pitches, 450'   Granite Mountain : Middle Section
The Slammer Jam   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 3 pitches   Granite Mountain : Middle Section
Candyland   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 5 pitches, 450'   Granite Mountain : Middle Section
Coatimundi Whiteout   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 5 pitches   Granite Mountain : Middle Section
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Featured Route For **Prescott Areas
Rock Climbing Photo: Facelift

Facelift V4 6B  Arizona : Central Arizona : ... : The Island (Facelift Area)
Super cool problem! Start low and climb the face with techy reaches on nice edges and slopers....[more]   Browse More Classics in Arizona

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By BCramer
From: Prescott
Aug 3, 2015
Looking for any info on the boulders that are right on the new Centennial Trail in Prescott. They're located above the eastern end of the trail off Westridge Road. Names, ratings, etc. I know I'm not the first to do them, and I'd like to get the names for the new edition of Prescott Bouldering that is nearing completion.
Actually, any new bouldering info around Prescott would be great! Thanks, Bill
Rock Climbing Photo: Centennial Trail boulders
Centennial Trail boulders
By Pablo-Roberts
From: Prescott, Arizona
Aug 19, 2015
Please dont add another couple hundred V0s that most people will never get around too.
By BCramer
From: Prescott
Aug 20, 2015
Thanks for sharing your perspective, Pablo-Roberts. Interesting to note that about one quarter of the route posts for Groom Creek here on MP are VO-/VO, so it would appear that at least some people are doing them and like them enough to post. Often when I go out I find chalk on obscure easy problems I never expected to see. Also, most recreational climbers don't climb much harder than VO/VO+. In writing the guides, I try not to judge the motivations, abilities or aesthetics of the users. I'm just chronicling what I find or what others show me. I suppose in your case, the many VOs serve to guide you where not to waste your time. For others, it shows them precisely where to go.
By Gregory Cooper
From: San Diego
Oct 25, 2015
The V0s are great for beginners or simply working on different styles of climbing. I can understand if the V0s are shitty, but I have friends who are always asking where another great V0 is because they want to try something different if they can't finish one they are working on.

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