There are well over 1000 problems with a ton of room for development. The rock is volcanic so it can be quite abrasive at times but yields many different and unique types of holds. The climbs can be anywhere from tic-tacky slabs to steep dynamic highballs and everywhere in between. Many of the taller problems have bolts for top ropes. You can climb any day of the year at Oak Flats. Summers can be hot, but in the shade with a breeze it's not to bad.
It's about an hour east of Phoenix on the 60. Drive through Superior, up the canyon and through the tunnel. Once you get to the top of the canyon look for a sign for Oak Flats campground and Magma Mine rd and turn right. Take your first left onto a dirt road. The road isn't to bad but it can get a little rough so be careful. Continue on this road to the top of the hill and take the right fork. Follow the winding road to another road and take a left. Look for a road to the right when you get to a wash with trees (there a hump you drive over). From here the road gets rough. There is parking here (don't block the road) if you don't want to continue or keep going to the main parking and the Warm-up Boulders.
A tall committing problem on the canyon wall. Start on a big jug in the horizontal crack. Climb on good holds to an awkward and bad crimp/pocket. Make a big cross to a small crimp, move to a shallow divot and set up for the dyno to the jug. From the jug its a couple mild moves to the scramble to the top. ...[more]Browse More Classics in AZ
Hey guys, I went out today to see if I could find the warm-up boulder atleast..I got a little overwhelmed by the amount of other roads along the way and felt a little lost...I was wondering if anyone had a more detailed description on how to get out to any of these areas? Or if anyone is possibly interested in going out the afternoon of the 26th? -Halley
I added a pic of the turn off the formally paved road. Low clearance vehicles can get pretty close to the rocks. Davy Jones boulder is only .5mi from Oak Flat camp so you could also just walk directly.
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