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High Rappel Dell 
Watson Lake 

Granite Dells/Watson Lake Dells  

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Elevation: 5,000'
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Alien skull somewhere in the Granite Dells.

Partially Closed.


Just east and a bit north of the city of Prescott is this incredibly beautiful and vast field of rounded granite formations. From a good vantage point, the sight of the Dells just before sunset is worth a hefty admission fee. The rock is a medium-grained desert granite that tends to be a bit grainy on some formations.

For years, most of the climbing in the area was done in the High Rappel Dell area, which has seen it's share of access issues. This area features mostly traditional routes on skin-rending rock. More recently, climbers have established routes within the formations on the north shore of Watson Lake with bolt-protected sport routes and the area continues to gain popularity.

Please be aware that access to the High Rappel Dell area sort of comes and goes, so tread lightly and be accomodating in case of conflict.

Getting There 

Both of the Dells areas are located off highway 89, a few miles north of the intersection of 89 and highway 69 into Prescott.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.1 miles from here

59 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',24],['2 Stars',22],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',1]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Granite Dells/Watson Lake Dells:
Quartz Movement   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   West Shore : Time Zone
Huckleberry Thin   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   High Rappel Dell
Time Slot   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   West Shore : Time Zone
Hour of Power   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   West Shore : Time Zone
Guillotine   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   High Rappel Dell
French Tickler   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   High Rappel Dell
Dam Classic (aka The Dam Crack)   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Below the Dam : Dam Wall
Dulfer   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   High Rappel Dell
Crack of Doom   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   High Rappel Dell
Huckleberry Thinner   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   High Rappel Dell
Presidente   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 160'   High Rappel Dell
King Cling   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 50'   High Rappel Dell
Co-op Crack   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 120'   High Rappel Dell
Monarch   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   West Shore : Thor's Wall
Seige   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   High Rappel Dell
The Chute   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 100'   High Rappel Dell
Cerebral Palsy (Barber Route)   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13     Trad, 1 pitch   High Rappel Dell
Sinister Exaggerator   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   West Shore : Thor's Wall
Thank God   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   High Rappel Dell
Fred   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   High Rappel Dell
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Rusty Ballie.

Thank God 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a  AZ : Central Arizona : ... : High Rappel Dell
Good route in the middle of the the High Rappel Dell, you start on the obvious pillar 5.8 or 5.9 depending on what side you start on. From the top of the pillar go past three bolts and into some discontinuous cracks to a two bolt anchor. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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