REI Community
San Francisco Wash

Select Area...
Short Rope Area 
Turkey Tanks 

San Francisco Wash Rock Climbing 

Photos:  Recent | Best | Popular
Elevation: 7,000'
Location: 35.2525, -111.3543 View Map  Incorrect?
Page Views: 4,185
Administrators: Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: JJ Schlick on Apr 9, 2011
You & This Area
Best climbs for YOU in this area
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [0 people like this page.]
separation boulder


San Francisco Wash is a large drainage with intermittent canyon sections found off in the cinder lands east of Flagstaff. Both sandstone/limestone and basalt are present at different points throughout the wash. However, it is the basalt that really captures the eye.

This is an expansive area with hot spots of development and certainly patches of undone lines. If you are into exploratory bouldering than this will certainly warrant a look see first hand. Especially when everything else in Flagstaff is wet...

Also home to the Barrio, which is a small sandstone/limestone sport area which offers up maybe 30 lines. The rock quality can vary dramatically, and these 40'-50' lines are spairingly bolted for their heights. Lots of 5.12s. Good training crag? Maybe.

Getting There 

From Flagstaff find your way to Townsend/Winona Road. Head east bound on this road to the junction of Leupp Road (505). Head north on Leupp Road until mile marker 434, and a 1/4 mile past that marker on the east (right) side of the road will be Forest Road 9128Q. Take this dirt road and follow it directly. There will be numerous "Ys" and turnoffs, but stay to the most beaten path, and at 1.2 miles you should come across another 9128Q sign. Continue on this signed road and soon you should start dropping down towards the wash. You will pass a couple of distinct plugs of volcanic rock out in the plains to your north. Different sections of the wash are below you at this point and can be accessed off of many different roads leading south towards it. To access the Barrio and Short Rope Area continue on this road until you reach a cattle guard. Do not cross the cattle guard but instead head left on another dirt track on the north side of fence heading northeast. At .7 miles from the cattle guard there is a right hand turn off. Take this to reach the west end of the Barrio and the Short Rope Area. Continue on the main road for another 1/4 mile to another turnoff that will take you to the east end of the Barrio.

The GPS coordinates should be spot on the short rope area.

Climbing Season

For the Flagstaff Bouldering area.

Weather station 9.5 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]

Featured Route For San Francisco Wash
Rock Climbing Photo: David on Bare Bones

Bare Bones V2 5+  Arizona : Northern Arizona : ... : Bare Bones Wall
Bare Bones is a cool little jug haul on excellent holds. Start low on good jugs. Move up to the small left facing arete....[more]   Browse More Classics in Arizona

Photos of San Francisco Wash Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: All the Cool Kids are in Hueco
All the Cool Kids are in Hueco
Rock Climbing Photo: who doesn't enjoy slumming some choss
who doesn't enjoy slumming some choss
Rock Climbing Photo: 2T is a   Working Class Hero
2T is a Working Class Hero
Rock Climbing Photo: Muddy on The Abdominator
Muddy on The Abdominator
Rock Climbing Photo: This little bluff has four problems on it now. Jui...
This little bluff has four problems on it now. Jui...
Rock Climbing Photo: Short Rope Area, San Francisco Wash.  Can you gues...
Short Rope Area, San Francisco Wash. Can you gues...

Comments on San Francisco Wash Add Comment
Show which comments
- none yet -

Mountain Project

The Definitive Climbing Resource

MTB Project

Next Generation MTB Trail Maps

Powder Project

Backcountry Ski Maps & Secret Stashes
FREE Stickers · Gyms · RSS · School of Rock · Contact · About