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Barks Canyon Wall 

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Dacite Cliffs from the trailhead.


This wall has good rock for The Superstitions, which isn't saying much. Fun, mostly moderate climbs from 3-4 pitches with awesome scenery. Seems remote despite it's close proximity to the Peralta trailhead.

Getting There 

Park at the Peralta trailhead. Take the Bluff Springs Trail for about 1.5 miles over a ridge and into Bark Canyon. Turn left and scramble up the climbers trail to the base of the cliff.

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['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Barks Canyon Wall:
The Long Lead   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   
Big Bruno   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 300'   
Stroke it Gently   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13     Trad, 4 pitches   
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Jamee following second pitch.

Stroke it Gently 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13  AZ : Central Arizona : ... : Barks Canyon Wall
Second pitch is the crux may even be a 10b. Starts out on a prominent crack that has a prominent piton close to the bottom. Its just left of the tough looking bolted route up over the overhang. That overhanging route is rated 5.11. Second pitch is obvious and visible from the ground. It's an left arching flairing crack that starts on a ledge. The third and fourth pitches are not as obvious but wander up to the top. There is no anchor on top of the fourth pitch and the downclimb to the anchors fo...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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Bark's Canyon Wall
Bark's Canyon Wall
Bark's Canyon Wall on the far right and other unnamed(?) formations to the left.
Bark's Canyon Wall on the far right and other unna...
So-so view from the top of P2 on the Long Lead.
So-so view from the top of P2 on the Long Lead.
View of Bark's Canyon Wall(on the left) from the Bluff Springs Trail.
BETA PHOTO: View of Bark's Canyon Wall(on the left) from the B...
Bark's Canyon Wall just after a morning storm.
BETA PHOTO: Bark's Canyon Wall just after a morning storm.
One more of Bark's Canyon Wall, etc. <br />
One more of Bark's Canyon Wall, etc.
Love those Superstition sunsets.   <br /> <br />Looking East from the base of Bark's Canyon Wall
Love those Superstition sunsets.

Looking East f...
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By nicholas bujak
Feb 10, 2010

Barks Canyon left side of wall has several climbs on it. There is a 5.11b "Bandito Route" 3 pitches partially bolted line (starts on slab with rivet missing bolt to overhang protected by at least one old bolt) that looks tough and to the left of it is the 5.6 start to "Stroke it Gently" 10b, "The Long Road" 5.9 and "Glory Road" 5.7 all these climbs are four pitches, all start on the 5.6 crack protected with gear and two pitons. Further left I think there are two more climbs. The first one is called "Big Bruno"5.9 4 pitches (5.9,5.8,5.7,?). The second I think is "The Long Lead" 5.8 4 pitches.

By nicholas bujak
Feb 10, 2010

Oh and by the way when you start on the trail make sure its the trail breaking off immediately to the right less then ten steps form the parking lot. I took the wrong trail initially. I'm not the only one to make that mistake. It winds up to the right over a ridge providing spectacular views of a catus filled valley. It winds up and down until it drops down to a creek. Its a pretty relaxed hike. Before you reach the creek there is an obvious climbers trail to the left marked with cairns. You can see the cliff on the far left side. You'll recognize it from the pictures on this site. The whole approach should not take more than 45 min.