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Northwest Pinnacles  

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The Northwest Pinnacles is a name for the group of spires and formations that are found off the north side of the massive western face of the Superstitions. The most well-known of these towers is The Hand, a classic Phoenix staple since first climbed in the mid 1960's by Bill Forrest.

Getting There 

The Northwest Pinnacles are reached by hiking into the area from Lost Dutchman State Park. A veritable highway of a trail is followed from the Cholla Day Use Area along the Treasure Loop Trail (#56). There are various braided climber and tourist trails leading to the area of The Hand and The Tower that peel off of the Treasure Loop near where it turns right and goes south.

Here's a map (pdf format):

Climbing Season

For the Superstition Mountains area.

Weather station 11.3 miles from here

2 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Northwest Pinnacles:
Razor's Edge   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   The Hand
Standard Route   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R     Trad, 2 pitches, 160'   The Tower
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Featured Route For Northwest Pinnacles
Andrea Gordon on The Hand.   Photo Todd Gordon

Razor's Edge 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b  AZ : Central Arizona : ... : The Hand
People who climb the Razor's Edge route sometimes don't even know that's it's name. More likely than not, they'll just say they climbed The Hand. This route is synonymous with the formation and probably accounts for 98%-plus of the ascents here.1) Climb gully, stepping up and left at it's top to gain the top of a small buttress where you'll find a fixed anchor.2) Climb up slope on the fin clipping bolts to gain Chicken Ledge at the top (fixed anchor). Lots of climbers try to cross the last very ...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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