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West Clear Creek Rock Climbing 


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Location: 34.5539, -111.41886 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

Sandstone climbing in the beautiful confines of the canyon. Great summer destination and some nice cracks. Please keep this amazing area clean. Climbing ethic is ground up. There are few bolts found here, and when you see them the spacing is long and requires committment from the leader. Season is beginning of April to end of October. When considering route development in the area, please use discretion:
"A wilderness, in contrast with those areas where man and his own works dominate the landscape, is hereby recognized as an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man... retaining its primeval character and influence, without permanent improvements" (The Wilderness Act of 1964)

Climbers visiting West Clear Creek should remember that it is a federally designated wilderness area. As such, placing fixed anchors, especially bolts, is discouraged at West Clear Creek, and forbidden in some wildernesses.

Getting There 

The GPS coordinates are N34 32.748, W111 26.015 Located north of Strawberry off highway 260. Enter FR 144, which is about 5 miles north of the intersection of hwy 260 and HWY 87. Turn right off hwy 260 onto Fr144, also called Fr 149 on some maps. Drive to T intersection (FR149) and go left, drive 1.1 miles and turn right(FR142). Drive .9 miles and turn left(142e). Drive 3.6 miles until it ends at trailhead. Hike the trail into the canyon. Routes are upstream. Again, please keep this area clean.

Climbing Season

For the Central Arizona area.

Weather station 12.4 miles from here

39 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',22],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',2],['5.9',4],['5.10',25],['5.11',4],['5.12',4],['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 West Clear Creek

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for West Clear Creek:
BattleAxe   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Anti-Crag
Knot Unknown   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   Middle Section
Bob   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 350'   John Doe Wall
Old Grey Mare   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   Anti-Crag
Yang & Yin   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Middle Section
Symmetry   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 85'   Anti-Crag
Differential Equations   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Anti-Crag
Last Chance   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 220'   Anti-Crag
Sweet Singularity   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Anti-Crag
Loaded Chamber   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Log Jam area
Bird of Prey   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 2 pitches, 160'   Middle Section
Test of Faith   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Middle Section
Chicken Fingers   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 95'   Anti-Crag
Resurrection   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Middle Section
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Photos of West Clear Creek Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: The massive roof crack in the back of the Sundance...
The massive roof crack in the back of the Sundance...
Rock Climbing Photo: Cody & Joe on the 1st pitch
Cody & Joe on the 1st pitch
Rock Climbing Photo: good times!
good times!
Rock Climbing Photo: the final rap of sundance caynon
the final rap of sundance caynon
Rock Climbing Photo: It's really stunning down there when the light pla...
It's really stunning down there when the light pla...
Rock Climbing Photo: Take a load off in the living room.  Props to whoe...
Take a load off in the living room. Props to whoe...
Rock Climbing Photo: the full length of the train
the full length of the train
Rock Climbing Photo:  Queen Creek East 4th Years Hike
Queen Creek East 4th Years Hike
Rock Climbing Photo: We escaped the valley heat and found water and roc...
We escaped the valley heat and found water and roc...
Rock Climbing Photo: It's really stunning down there when the light pla...
It's really stunning down there when the light pla...
Rock Climbing Photo: In The canyon. Crazy pic
In The canyon. Crazy pic
Rock Climbing Photo: On the way to Anti-Crag at West Clear Creek.
On the way to Anti-Crag at West Clear Creek.
Rock Climbing Photo: Scott near the top during FA of "Moki Dogway&...
Scott near the top during FA of "Moki Dogway&...
Rock Climbing Photo: It's really stunning down there when the light pla...
It's really stunning down there when the light pla...
Rock Climbing Photo: It's really stunning down there when the light pla...
It's really stunning down there when the light pla...
Rock Climbing Photo: the hike down
the hike down
Rock Climbing Photo: Does anyone know what the line is that goes up the...
BETA PHOTO: Does anyone know what the line is that goes up the...
Rock Climbing Photo: Craig making good effort on a FA that starts at th...
Craig making good effort on a FA that starts at th...

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By Jonathan Grand
Jul 31, 2010
go east through camp verde to fr 618 I think. If you take 215 off of 618 to bull pen, theres granite bouldering on the left side of the trail right by the main trail head, pleanty of lines for FAs, seems untouched. Its a great hike through to if you do the canyon loop. Climbs are few and far between at first but totaly worth it. I suggest a multiple day stay out there. Just watch out for flash floods and mountain lions.
By bio
From: mesa, az
Jun 6, 2011
This area is not accessed via the bull pen area.
By Bob Pettit
From: cave creek
May 31, 2016
Take a look at this before you plan a trip into west clear creek
Rock Climbing Photo: Off of fr 144 and fr 142
Off of fr 144 and fr 142