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Ten Minute Spire Rock Climbing 

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Location: 34.88869, -111.8125 View Map  Incorrect?
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A bulbous, squat spire on the north ridge of the Dry Creek Spire cirque. It blends in with the rock ridge and the lumpy, triangular Hidden Tower behind it. Although not the most aesthetic of the mini-towers in this cirque, the climbing on this one is quite good.

Getting There 

Park in the paved parking loop at the end of the pavement on Dry Creek Road/FS 152C. Hike up the rough dirt road of FS 152C for 1/3 mile, just past the series of gnarly rock shelves where many prospective motorists are turned around. Turn right (east) and locate a hiker's trail that follows the crest of the ridge between the Dry Creek Spire cirque and the next cirque north. This trail is across FS152C from a small pullout/vista. The trail is fairly well-defined as it apparently follows an old road for the initial several hundred yards. It becomes a bit braided as the ridge begins to steepen, with a couple minor branches heading left (north). Ten Minute Spire should be obvious on the ridge directly above. Follow the fainter trail right (southeast), before charging straight up the steep hillside above, through a short cliff-band (easy scramble up a break) to the spire. This last bit can entail some bushwhacking, but with some care and weaving around, it should be minimal. The Original Route starts out of the notch with a cool boulder tunnel just north of the spire. Approach time is about 30 minutes.

Refer to the beta photo Google Earth image for more info.

Climbing Season

For the Dry Creek Road Area area.

Weather station 2.9 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Ten Minute Spire

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Ten Minute Spire:
Original Route   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
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Original Route 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  Arizona : Sedona Area : ... : Ten Minute Spire
A clean, right-facing dihedral with a fist-OW crack leads to a pull over a blocky bulge into the upper chimney. This cool squeeze chimney leads up past 1 bolt to a ledge and anchors. Scramble up slabs to the summit and downclimb to rap off....[more]   Browse More Classics in Arizona

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