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Stewart Pocket

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Stewart Pocket Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Mike on Oct 17, 2006  with updates from tt2

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Stewart Pocket is a nice area with good climbing on mostly solid granite in a scenic location near Payson, AZ. It is fairly undeveloped, so there are a lot of potential FA's waiting to be done.

Getting There 

From the Beeline Highway & 260 intersection in Payson, take 260 east for about 1/2 mile and turn right onto Granite Dells Rd. Follow it roughly south for 1.2 miles paved, then continue on a dirt road for another 2.4 miles" until the road ends at a just before a large wash. Proceed south to the dozens of rock formations across the wash.

Climbing Season

For the Central Arizona area.

Weather station 2.5 miles from here

46 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',24],['2 Stars',17],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Stewart Pocket

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Stewart Pocket:
Blow   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
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Rock Climbing Photo: Lots of development going on out here!!
Lots of development going on out here!!
Rock Climbing Photo: looking toward the domes from the east side entran...
looking toward the domes from the east side entran...
Rock Climbing Photo: An AID line that will go down with an FA shortly :...
An AID line that will go down with an FA shortly :...
Rock Climbing Photo: The shady side of Stewart Peak with trail to Zen P...
BETA PHOTO: The shady side of Stewart Peak with trail to Zen P...

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By Larry
From: SoAZ
Sep 3, 2012
The road ends 1/4 mile before the ranch and big wash. The so-called "Stewart Peak" crag is not visible from this point. I say so-called because it is not marked on the USGS topo map.
By manuel rangel
From: Tempe, Arizona
Nov 12, 2012
Good point Larry it isn't on the map. It is a simple name for the granite dome on the west edge of the pocket. Something I just called it.

The road closure is relatively new. Nice to keep the area from further degradation.
By arjunmh
From: Phoenix & Prescott, AZ
Jun 8, 2016
Having explored this area a bit, I think it'd be great to have a map view -- like a Google Earth screen shot -- posted showing all these random different areas marked. Would help navigation a lot. Thanks Manny!