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Gardeners Wall is a nice place to climb a few routes near Phoenix. It is noteworthy as pretty much the only multi-pitch formation in the northeast metro area. For the most part, traffic at Gardeners is mainly climbers looking to do the moderate classic routes such as Hanging Gardens (5.5) or Reinaissance Direct (5.7), but there are other fine routes here as well. Still, you're not going to have to deal with crowds here as it seems granite climbing near Phoenix is out of vogue.

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9 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Gardeners Wall:
Hanging Gardens   5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a     Trad, 2 pitches   
The Phantom   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b R     Trad, 2 pitches, 190'   
Renaissance Direct   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b R     Trad, 2 pitches   
Hanging Tough   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b PG13     Trad, 2 pitches   
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Evelyn beginning the first rap

Hanging Gardens 5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a  AZ : Central Arizona : ... : Gardeners Wall
Pitch 1: Scramble up the left-angling ramp/crack to the base of the flake. Continue diagonally up left in crack to a right angling crack. Follow this crack to a 2-bolt hanging belay. 100'Note - this belay is also the location of the 2nd rap. Pitch 2: Make a thin move from the belay into a crack diagonaling right. Follow this crack as it becomes slightly steeper and heads straight up. Go left on easy cracks and face to the top. Gear belay. ~130'.Descent: Locate...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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View of Gardener's Wall and Tom's Thumb on the ridge beyond.
BETA PHOTO: View of Gardener's Wall and Tom's Thumb on the rid...
Behind the green bush is the entrance to the tunnels under the boulders.  I don't know if this is the correct approach but it is the way I always end up descending.
BETA PHOTO: Behind the green bush is the entrance to the tunne...
View from the top of the 1st pitch on Hanging Garden's, smack-dab in the middle of the Gardener's Wall.
View from the top of the 1st pitch on Hanging Gard...
Gardeners Wall - Spring in the McDowell's
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By Tim Heid
From: Scottsdale, AZ
Feb 6, 2012

Just as a note for alternative descents for most climbs on the wall if climbs below are occupied:

In addition to being able to walk off the back and around there are 3 sets of anchors that are accessible from the top.

The Phantom is the climber's left most and only requires one double rope rap to the base.

Renaissance Direct has anchors up top that are located right in the middle of the wall and requires two 70m single rope rappels(1 60m will not make it).

Hanging Garden's has the anchors most people will use and requires two double rope raps.

By MacM
From: Cave Creek/Preskitt, AZ
Mar 31, 2012

Thanks for posting that info Tim. I know a lot of people have been needing that.

I was actually wondering why there are only 7 routes under this area? There are 20 routes for Gardener's Wall alone in Marty's guide. I think an updated list is needed, including the condition of the routes. If you've climbed a route not listed here, recently, I think the Phoenix climbing community would definitely appreciate your addition of the route on here. I'll try to tick a good amount of routes, besides the ultra-classics, on Gardener's Wall to update this area before the temps get out of control.

Thanks and happy climbing!

-Mac, PPG