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Central Arizona  


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The Central Arizona Areas 

Central Arizona is a rugged, barren, arid, and inhospitable landscape. When most people think of central Arizona, they think of the sprawling metropolis of Phoenix and the emblematic Saguaro. People also think of the searing temperatures, piss-warm backyard pools, and the heinous back sweat of every insignificant car ride. Nevertheless, hidden away are back country gems - lush, water-filled canyons, shady forests, and hundreds of miles of pristine, bountiful cliff lines. To the intrepid adventurer: There is no lack of opportunity here.

The Central Arizona area encompasses the low desert of Arizona, which heats up like an oven during the summer, and several national forests – Prescott, Tonto, and Apache – whose cliff faces are climbable on even the most sweltering summer days. Within this central portion of the state, there are three main hotspots: the Prescott area, the Payson area, and the Phoenix area, each with its own distinct flavor.

The Prescott areas include the picturesque lakeside cliffs of Watson Dells Lake and the historic and towering granite cliffs of Granite Mountain. If smaller rocks strike your fancy, then thousands of erratically strewn granite boulders litter the forests and hills, awaiting your enjoyment. Climbing in and around Prescott is possible almost year round.

The Payson area also offers its share of quality climbs. Isolation Canyon hosts an incredible concentration of worthwhile classics, while the canyons – Wet Beaver Creek , West Clear Creek, East Verde, and the Anchas – are otherworldly oases that provide a perfect breather from the summertime roast of the Phoenix Valley.

And lastly there is the Phoenix area. There are several crags within city limits. Pinnacle Peak and the McDowell Mountains are great winter traditional climbing destinations that make for highly enjoyable day trips. East of the city are the Superstition Mountains, the contested Queen Creek Canyon, and an indescribable amount of other backcountry diamonds. Enduring classics hide in these mountains and offer all the finger-shredding fun you could want. Many of these areas are also climbable most days of the year. While central Arizona is not a world-class climbing destination, world-class climbs are abundant, making central Arizona the perfect prospect for those seeking to stake their vertical claim. Come get yours!

Getting There 


Most of the central Arizona areas are within a two and half hour radius of Phoenix. Standard cars can access many areas, but many require full-blown four-wheel drive, high clearance, and a willingness to succumb to “the Arizona pinstripe.”

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1,865 Total Routes

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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Central Arizona:
Hanging Gardens   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 2 pitches   McDowell Mountains : Gardeners Wall
The Classic   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 3 pitches   Granite Mountain : Middle Section
East Face   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Camelback Mountain : The Praying Monk
Coatimundi / Candyland LInkup   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   Granite Mountain : Middle Section
Giggling Marlin   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport   Queen Creek Canyon : Atlantis
Magnolia Thunderpussy   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 3 pitches   Granite Mountain : Middle Section
Chimera   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Sport, Alpine, 2 pitches, 230'   Camelback Mountain : Gargoyle Wall
Pocket Puzzle   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport   Queen Creek Canyon : The Pond
Reunion   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 250'   Granite Mountain : Middle Section
Kingpin   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 5 pitches, 450'   Granite Mountain : Middle Section
The Slammer Jam   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 3 pitches   Granite Mountain : Middle Section
Pathological Optimist   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   Lower Devil's Canyon : Totem-Proto Area
Candyland   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 5 pitches, 450'   Granite Mountain : Middle Section
Angel Wing   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 3 pitches, 260'   Isolation Canyon : Main Wall - South
The Totem Pole   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 2 pitches, 150'   Lower Devil's Canyon : Totem-Proto Area
Coatimundi Whiteout   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 5 pitches   Granite Mountain : Middle Section
Tufa-one   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport   Homestead : Tufa City
Tufa Yard Dash   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Homestead : Tufa City
Cold Fusion   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   Homestead : Rough Rider Wall
Solar Delirium   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport   Homestead : Tufa City
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Featured Route For Central Arizona
The obvious short finger crack on the short slab part way up the hill. This is only visible from the wash not from the marked turn off to the girlie man area.

Sphinctre Boy 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13  AZ : Central Arizona : ... : Girlie Man Area
This is a right arching finger crack. Start in the crack climb it to its end then continue up face and slightly left to a two bolt anchor....[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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Climbing the Hand, Dec 2012
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Steve Tweito finishing the second pitch, Mark Trainor below on the top of pitch one. We climbed a new 300' route in CCG, Tres Viejos 5.10c, 3 pitches.
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By JJ Schlick
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From: Flagstaff, AZ
Jan 28, 2012
Great description Ryan. Thanks for taking that on.
By Corinne B
Feb 13, 2012
Hello Climbers, I lost my iPhone 4 at the campsite there this weekend.
If you find it, could you email me at corinnejolie@gmail.com? I will gladly reward you with dinner or a bit of cash or something for your trouble. Thanks in advance :-)