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Tucked back on the east side of the San Francisco Peaks and north of Lockett Meadow is a small and secluded andesite/dacite crag called the Hobo Jungle. Hobo Jungles are camps of transient hobo communities, which congregate usually near a railroad. The hobo culture is quite elaborate and intriguing having aspects not too different than those of the climbing community. If you are more interested in hobohemia and an internet search isn't enough, check out the documentary "The American Hobo".
The Hobo Jungle is a 30 minute drive from Flagstaff. Take 89 north out of Flag towards Page. After a little over 11 miles from the Hwy 40 junction, turn left on FR 545 (right is Sunset Crater). At the T after a half mile, turn right on FR 552 (left goes towards Schultz Pass). Follow this heavily washboarded road for a mile as it gradually bends left. Turn right on FR 418, and follow this for about 2.5 miles as it wraps around to a hairpin and lone boulder marker on the right. Turn LEFT and park in the parking area and popular campsite. From here, a casual 15 minute flip-flop stroll south along the jeep trail dead-ends to a nice clearing, and the Hobo Jungle crag on your right. NO MOTOR VEHICLES according to the Coconino National Forest Trails Map. Follow a path across the wash to the right end of the crag at the Hobo Cave and wonderful congregating spot, underneath the proud overhanging and thin bolted face of Steel Reserve. An alternate low trail follows the wash to the south and left end routes, featuring South of No North and A-No.1.
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Hungry Hungry Hobo 5.8- 5b 16 VI- VS 4c Sport, 100'
Band of Gypsies 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Late For the Gravy Train 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Hobophilia 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Sport, 65'
Bindlestiff 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Trad, 90'
Elk Sign 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 45'
Southern Exposure 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Gandy Dancer 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b Sport, 70'
Twist a Dream 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, 100'
Road Sister 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Redball 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 45'
Frisk A Drag 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Mulligan Stew 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ E3 5c Sport, 75'
A No.1 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Lucky Streak 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a Sport, 70'
Volt 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Tin Roof Sunday 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a Trad, 85'
High Hanging Biscuits 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Sweet Back 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 75'
South of No North 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b Sport, 75'
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Sweet Back 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a AZ : Northern Arizona : ... : Hobo Jungle
A sweet back is a hobo "sheik", and one who merely samples hobo living...Begin as for Tin Roof Sunday up the right facing dihedral passing one bolt, then continue up and left to a plank rest. A long draw on either the first bolt off the ledge or the next bolt inside the small dihedral will help. When ready, punch through 25' feet of semi technical bouldering to a good rest below the obvious bulge. Move up and right at the bulge to get the huge sidepull jug, and then back left to the arete and ...[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
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