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Stewart Pocket Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 5,000'
Location: 34.22128, -111.27196 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

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



Weather station 3.4 miles from here

53 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',28],['2 Stars',20],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',4],['5.7',7],['5.8',8],['5.9',7],['5.10',11],['5.11',15],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',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
Kryptonite   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 45'   The Joint
The Wicker Man   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
The Rangeler   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, TR, 60'   Ashley's Block
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Photos of Stewart Pocket Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Lots of development going on out here!!
Lots of development going on out here!!
Rock Climbing Photo: There are two entries to Stewart Pocket, Phoenix S...
There are two entries to Stewart Pocket, Phoenix S...
Rock Climbing Photo: The trails and crags of Stewart Pocket.
The trails and crags of Stewart Pocket.
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: looking toward the domes from the east side entran...
looking toward the domes from the east side entran...
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!

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