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The Mine Area Rock Climbing 


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  • Description 

    The Mine Area was one of the first to be developed for sport climbing out at Queen Creek. Routes are sort of a mixed bag from pocketed to edgey. There are lots of moderates around the Mine Area which makes it popular for climbers.

    The general Mine Area consists of a few different clusters of formations with the main areas being Upper Looner Land, Lower Looner Land, The Magma Gardens, The Arena, and Apache Leap.

    Getting There 

    Drive up the road out of Superior, go through the tunnel for another mile and a half to a sign that marks the turnoff to Oak Flat Campground. Turn right and follow this paved road as it weaves up to the Magma Mine (probably some other name nowadays). About a hundred yards short of the actual mine entrance on the left, there's a small parking lot just off the road.

    To get to the Mine Area, hike the dirt road that heads generally south out of the parking lot. This will go south and then curve back to the west. Continue west up the wash and that will put you in Lower Looner Land. Upper Looner Land is basically a few hundred yards west and a bit north of the westernmost Lower Looner formations.

    Climbing Season



    Weather station 0.6 miles from here

    47 Total Climbing Routes

    ['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',21],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',1]
    ['<=5.6',12],['5.7',5],['5.8',3],['5.9',7],['5.10',13],['5.11',6],['5.12',1],['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 The Mine Area

    Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Mine Area:
    Snorkeling in the Rhyolite   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Sport, 1 pitch   Lower Looner Land
    Ol' Solo Meo   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport   Upper Looner Land
    Strawberry Razzle Tea    5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport   Lower Looner Land
    Baby Sitters Taste Better    5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport   The Magma Gardens
    Ride the Wild   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 50'   Lower Looner Land
    Moon Floss   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport   Lower Looner Land
    Roto Evaporator   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   The Magma Gardens
    Spinal Tap   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Upper Looner Land
    Grasping For Straws   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 35'   Lower Looner Land
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    Strawberry Razzle Tea 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  Arizona : Central Arizona : ... : Lower Looner Land
    from the wash, its on the west side of one of the towers near the top of the hill. Northeast of Ride the wild ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Arizona

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    Rock Climbing Photo: a 5.11 near Moonfloss in upper Looner.
    a 5.11 near Moonfloss in upper Looner.

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