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Blue Ridge Reservoir

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Blue Ridge Reservoir  


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Elevation: 7,000'
Location: 34.5549, -111.1952 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Greg Opland, James DeRoussel, JJ Schlick, Hendrixson, Kristine Hoffman
Submitted By: JJ Schlick on Oct 6, 2010
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Description 

Blue Ridge Reservoir is the head waters of, and the reason that our beloved East Clear Creek flows year round. The lake itself is nestled in deep steep hills of pines, and it's shores are rimmed with limestone boulders.

This is an awesome summertime destination when you want to swim as much as you want to climb. Some of the areas are accessed off of the main road in, but many fine exploratory and scruffy areas exist to those who bring their kayaks/canoes, brushes, pads, and friends.

Also, in very severe drought seasons when the water level drops drastically, there is a submerged layer of smooth limestone that appears. This layer has absolutely excellent bouldering, and is a kind of a 'once in a blue moon' experience.

Back country camping on the lake available at sanctioned sites, and there is also a fee camping area on top of the rim, before you drop down. Free camping on any dirt roads that lead off the main one in.


Getting There 

Blue Ridge Resevoir is approximately 45 miles southwest of Winslow, AZ on the east side of hwy 87. The road in is south of Jacks Canyon rd.


Climbing Season


19 Total Routes


['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',2],['5.8',4],['5.9',1],['5.10',4],['5.11',2],['5.12',1],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',1],['V2-3',4],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Blue Ridge Reservoir :
Black Gold   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   Powerline Crag
Grand Finally   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   Powerline Crag
Short Stuff   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   Powerline Crag
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Kevin on the first ascent of Cats Craw.

Cats Craw V2 5+  AZ : Northern Arizona : ... : The Hair Pin
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Photos of Blue Ridge Reservoir Slideshow Add Photo
unknown problem south of split rock
unknown problem south of split rock
 Godzirra
BETA PHOTO: Godzirra
tombstone bouldering camp on the right
BETA PHOTO: tombstone bouldering camp on the right
paddling to the next climb
paddling to the next climb
High ballers heaven about a hundred yards south of tombstone area.
BETA PHOTO: High ballers heaven about a hundred yards south of...
Random deep water solo
Random deep water solo
50 yards south of tombstone boulder
BETA PHOTO: 50 yards south of tombstone boulder
5.10 Gene's Fave on the Blue Wall
5.10 Gene's Fave on the Blue Wall
Eagle point
Eagle point
D.w.s.
D.w.s.
On top of three star wall
On top of three star wall
JJ on an unnamed, unnumbered problem in the back waters...
JJ on an unnamed, unnumbered problem in the back w...
South side of eagle point/Split rock bouldering area
BETA PHOTO: South side of eagle point/Split rock bouldering ar...
Matt getting ready to solo unknown problem
Matt getting ready to solo unknown problem
Eagle point/Split rock bouldering area
Eagle point/Split rock bouldering area
Map of blue ridge
BETA PHOTO: Map of blue ridge
"Split rock"
BETA PHOTO: "Split rock"
can't remember for the life of me which route this was....
can't remember for the life of me which route this...
tombstone bouldering area/great camping
tombstone bouldering area/great camping
Above Catfish Boulder
Above Catfish Boulder
Random snow storm blew in had to bail a day early
Random snow storm blew in had to bail a day early
Water level as of June 21 2012
BETA PHOTO: Water level as of June 21 2012
Ran out of gas in the boat....Thanks matt!!
Ran out of gas in the boat....Thanks matt!!
25-30 feet of slab climbing.  A few bolts and an anchor, 1/4 mile past Eagle Point. Pic taken from the boat.  Good bouldering above the slab.
BETA PHOTO: 25-30 feet of slab climbing. A few bolts and an a...
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By jeffrey c gibson
From: pheonix az
Oct 8, 2010

Its about time somebody put this place up!!I love blueridge.hikers shack will work with you on kayak rentals,or you can just climb the roadside sport area,but i recomend kayaking into tombstone boulder area.

By Scott Z
From: Highlands Ranch, CO
Oct 8, 2010

Well, Toss on some routes Jeff...you've peaked my interest.

By JJ Schlick
Administrator
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Oct 8, 2010

I could certainly use some help with common knowledge of this area if anyone knows it. Blue Ridge has been a summertime staple for myself for many years, but have never run into another climber. So while I have visited many of the areas around the lake, I simply don't have any knowledge on the established names and such... I can't wait to learn it though. Please, post up.

By jeffrey c gibson
From: pheonix az
Oct 25, 2010

The highest number of problems are in and around eagle point.To get to eagle point head north east at the launch.Paddle past the dam about 1/4 mile until you see tombstone boulder on your left,and eagle point (best campsite on the lake) on your right.From the shore of eagle point(across the lake to the north east) you can see tombstone boulder,and highballers heaven.From eagle point walk 20 yards west to the entrance of split rock bouldering area.If you continue up the ridge west about 400 yards on an ok trail you will see eagle point wall (sport routes)on your left.

By JJ Schlick
Administrator
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Oct 26, 2010

Awesome Jeff, thanks. Have you ever been to the west end of the north arm of the lake? There are a few chunks back there that I swear are the most beautiful, and archetypal limestone I have seen in AZ. Would be highballs if I remember correctly.

By jeffrey c gibson
From: pheonix az
Oct 27, 2010

Yah and for the most part it remains only about 20% developed.I recomend buying the marty beta for $5 its well worth it.from what i understand there are about 70 problems alone on eagle point,and theres alot of room to develop

By jeffrey c gibson
From: pheonix az
Feb 1, 2012

Just went back in september.Amazing temps, and low water levels made for epic deep water soloing.Some routes topped out at over thirty feet.From what I have seen the water soloing changes as the water level changes, but can almost always be found.Great bouldering circuits line the shores.

By JJ Schlick
Administrator
From: Flagstaff, AZ
May 15, 2012

Just wondering if anyone has been out here recently, and where the water levels are at. Thanks.

By jeffrey c gibson
From: pheonix az
Jun 18, 2012

I just spent the last four days in Tombstone Campsite.The water level is down from last year, but if anything it revealed a few more deep water solo routes.

By TeresaG
From: tucson az
Jul 31, 2012

We were just there this past week. Water levels are down approimately 10-20 ft depending on the area. However, several spots are still plenty deep enough to do some soloing. if not, there are several new problems that are now accessible. Right now however it is raining every day. The clouds roll in the morning but it didnt pour on us till around 4pm. this was like clock work so something to keep in mind.

By Jonathan Myers
Aug 4, 2013

Some shots of blue ridge in this video.