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The Ridge Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 7,000'
Location: 35.1134, -111.5806 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Greg Opland, JJ Schlick, Hendrixson, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: JJ Schlick on Dec 18, 2011
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Description 

Once coined the "Land of High Bouldering" by the late Robert Drysdale, the intermittent band of limestone walls above Lower Lake Mary have over time become known simply as, The Ridge.

This band runs for roughly four miles starting at the Pit, though the good stuff starts cropping up around the west end of Lower Lake Mary. The climbing is generally vertical to overhanging, with many bulge walls that will certainly capture your attention. But don't expect to find any roof problems out here.

Rock Climbing Photo: JJ riding the rails, and David Bloom looking for a...
JJ riding the rails, and David Bloom looking for a hop on The Railroad Wall. Christmas Day 2012.


The style is technical, and it will feel more like an every mans Cherry Canyon, though it's geographically closer to Priest Draw. Though the highballs do dominate the landscape, there are also tons of shorter problems to be had. All in all, there are plenty of desperates, and a whole lot of high quality moderates. A stick brush and a broom can be valuable tools to have.

Rock Climbing Photo: Wade Forrest catching some last light on All Thing...
Wade Forrest catching some last light on All Things Considered. NPR Wall, Spring 08

Getting There 

From Flagstaff, find your way to Lake Mary Road and head east.

Climbing Season

For the Lake Mary Areas area.

Weather station 4.8 miles from here

122 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',18],['3 Stars',83],['2 Stars',18],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',50],['V2-3',20],['V4-5',14],['V6-7',6],['V8-9',1],['V10-11',1],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Ridge

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Ridge:
Still Waters   V2 5+     Boulder, 12'   The Stone Cove : The Cove Wall
Streets of Laredo   V3 6A     Boulder   The Drysdale Trail : J. Long Ryders Wall
Backwaters   V3+ 6A+     Boulder, 12'   The Stone Cove : The Cove Wall
On Liquor I Spent My Last Dime   V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   The Drysdale Trail : H. The Booze Pig Wall
Booze Pig   V6 7A     Boulder, 18'   The Drysdale Trail : H. The Booze Pig Wall
When The Bottle Is a Bible   V7 7A+     Boulder, 15'   The Drysdale Trail : H. The Booze Pig Wall
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Featured Route For The Ridge
Rock Climbing Photo: Wade getting after it.

It's A Dog's Life V1- 5-  Arizona : Northern Arizona : ... : B. The Whining Dog Wall
A Dog's Life is a classic series of jugs, and big moves in between them. Starts on the perfect hueco. How sweet it is....[more]   Browse More Classics in Arizona

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Rock Climbing Photo: JJ Schlick & Matt Grecco with an attentive spot.
JJ Schlick & Matt Grecco with an attentive spot.
Rock Climbing Photo: JJ Schlick reaching for it... Matt Grecco spotting...
JJ Schlick reaching for it... Matt Grecco spotting...
Rock Climbing Photo: Wade sinking them into the first pockets on the Ri...
Wade sinking them into the first pockets on the Ri...

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