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Wilson Mountain - East Side Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 6,427'
Location: 34.92218, -111.74877 View Map  Incorrect?
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Ever been to The Waterfall and wondered about the big cliffs across Oak Creek Canyon? Yup, this is them. There are several large Coconino sandstone walls, some smaller features, and even some nice routes on the lower Schnebly Hill sandstone buttresses here.

Bloom's Castles in the Sand has some information about routes here but there is a lot more that is unpublished.

Getting There 

Park at Encinoso Picnic Area and hike up the North Wilson Mountain trail (the trailhead is on the north end of the picnic area). After about 15 minutes the trail turns south and climbs up the mountain. Turn off the trail just before this, pick a drainage, shed a layer and start trudging up to the base. 30-60 minutes depending on where you're going.

Climbing Season

For the Oak Creek Canyon area.

Weather station 3.1 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

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

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Polar Bear 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a  Arizona : Northern Arizona : ... : The Bear Gun
The largest animal that actively hunts humans, this one throws a little bit of everything at you to make one of the best routes around. Start in the obvious bolted left-facing dihedral on the south face of the Bear Gun. As the holds disappear employ funky body-english maneuvers to find yourself at the base of the roof. Pull through on small slopers and tough jams and then sprint up the perfect ringlock corner crack as the pump builds to a fat ledge. From the ledge work your way up and left throu...[more]   Browse More Classics in Arizona

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