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Whitetail Canyon Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 6,400'
Location: 35.0522, -112.02423 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Blake M on Oct 15, 2014
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BETA PHOTO: The Canyon


Past the forks perched on the edge of the rim lies whitetail canyon. Like its nearby neighbors (Paradise Forks and Volunteer) Whitetail's basalt has its own unique characteristics. Overall the rock is more featured and broken and lends itself well to bolted and mixed lines as well as the occasional all gear line. The canyon also has a relatively unexplored lover tier of basalt which is more splitter in nature

Climbing in the canyon starts at the base of the wall and all routes have lower off anchors. To rap in locate a bolted anchor in the wash at the head of the canyon. At the end of the day either jug your rap line or climb out Secret Knowledge Of Water or Serpent Bob

Getting There 

Drive as you would to Paradise Forks but continue past the parking lot towards White Horse Lake. Continue past White Horse and follow the signs to JD Dam. Once you reach JD Dam (Its ~7 miles past Paradise Forks) continue straight for ~.7 miles at this point there will be a small rocky road on your left. If you lack 4WD and high clearance (A couple people have gotten their Subaru's down with some very carefull driving) park here and walk down the road to the parking area (~.8 miles), otherwise continue on this road for about .8 miles and park in a meadow just after a straight stretch with a deep ditch on the right side of the road. From here hike across the meadow roughly East/South East, cross though a gate in the barbed wire fence and head straight to the head of the canyon (~4 min hike)

Climbing Season

For the Sycamore Canyon area.

Weather station 19.7 miles from here

8 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Whitetail Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Whitetail Canyon:
Nocturnus Colony    5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 95'   East Wall
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Featured Route For Whitetail Canyon
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The Kraken 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b  Arizona : Northern Arizona : ... : West Wall
The line at Whitetail. Follow fractures up a swooping orange and grey streaked wall. Unique and cryptic....[more]   Browse More Classics in Arizona

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By Blake M
Oct 15, 2014
This area is far from fully developed. There is still lots of potential so get after it!
By Dean Hoffman
Oct 22, 2014
The sport line to climbers right of rap station was awesome... and for us mortals moving right into the crack system keeps it manageable.
By Blake M
Oct 23, 2014
Dean, its Jeff's (or was?) project. Did you do the link moving into the crack system? Looked cool just didn't get to it yet.
By Blake M
Aug 30, 2015
Was out here yesterday and noticed some newer bolts. Anyone have any info about them and their respective lines?
By Jed G
Sep 2, 2017
I was on a walkabout with some friends in Tule Canyon and Sycamore Canyon years ago...2008. We were climbing a ridge that touches down in Tule Canyon below where Lee Canyon and Whitetail Canyon come together and I definitely noticed some awesome looking basalt up in both canyons. And so it is. Really cool to see that people are developing climbing up in there, I always thought I should go back and look into climbing there....That same evening soon after I took note of those beautiful cliffs in the distance, I climbed up into a cliff dwelling that happened to be a little further up our ridge to check it out. There I had one of the strangest most haunting Ghost Story-worthy experiences of my life. My friends and I had been looking for somewhere to lay down for the night but we scampered on out of there in a hurry as darkness descended on us, moving as quickly as we could up through cliff bands and along the jagged extended ridge to the rim of Tule Canyon and on through the forest to JD dam lake in total darkness to get as far as we could from that place....

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