BETA PHOTO: Cliffs below Watson Lake dam.
Below Watson Lake dam Granite Creek flows in a south to north direction creating a deep canyon containing some of Watson Lakes biggest walls. Framed by the granite cliffs and towering cottonwoods, this secluded riparian area is unique and worth a visit even if you're not climbing. Flooding and vegetation can be an issue at certain times of the year. With cracking concrete, rusting metal and water spewing from a giant valve at the base, the dam is an ominous presence in the canyon. Forget that shaky stopper in crumbling Dells granite, how long will that f@*($#& dam hold?
Hike north from the north boat ramp along one of the trails that parallels the west shore to the dam. Scramble up and over rocks and then down to a side canyon that leads east to Granite Creek below the dam.
Weather station 4.1 miles from here
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Sidewinder 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a AZ
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: ... : Side Show Wall
This is the furthest left route on the wall. Follow discontinuous cracks that range from wide (#4 camolot) all the way down to thin fingers. The crux is found as the thin crack peters out. From a good stance clip a bolt and pull over a bulge. Easy terrain leads you to the top where you will find a 2 bolt anchor. Rap from here or walk off to the west....[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
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