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Phoenix is... well Phoenix is Phoenix. This large desert city is home to a substantial amount of classic climbing. Whether you are trying to escape winter, or call it home, you have plenty of options to get out of the city and explore some stone.

Getting There 

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432 Total Routes

['4 Stars',17],['3 Stars',139],['2 Stars',159],['1 Star',95],['Bomb',4]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Phoenix Areas:
Hookers are fun!   V2-3 5+     Boulder   Pima Canyon Area : Entrance Boulders
Elephant Tree   V6 7A     Boulder   Pima Canyon Area : The Amphitheatre
Mother of Invention   V7 7A+     Boulder, 1 pitch, 15'   Southern Superstition Forma... : The Fortress
West Chimney   5.0 2- 4 I MM 1c     Trad, 4 pitches   Superstition Mountains : Weavers Needle
South Crack   5.3 3+ 10 III VD 3a     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   Pinnacle Peak : Pinnacle Peak
Quaker Oats   5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   McDowell Mountains : Sven Slab
Changes in Longitude   5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   McDowell Mountains : Sven Slab
Hanging Gardens   5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a     Trad, 2 pitches   McDowell Mountains : Gardeners Wall
One for the Road   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   McDowell Mountains : Sven Slab
Razor's Edge   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   Northwest Pinnacles : The Hand
Birthday Party   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 55'   Pinnacle Peak : Pinnacle Peak
East Face   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Camelback Mountain : The Praying Monk
Renaissance Direct   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b R     Trad, 2 pitches   McDowell Mountains : Gardeners Wall
Beat Feet   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   McDowell Mountains : Morrell's Wall
Treiber's Deception   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   McDowell Mountains : Tom's Thumb
The Long Lead   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   Superstition Mountains : Barks Canyon Wall
Chimera   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a PG13     Sport, Alpine, 2 pitches, 230'   Camelback Mountain : Gargoyle Wall
Leave It To Beaver   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 90'   McDowell Mountains : Morrell's Wall
Aerial Combat   5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a PG13     Sport, Alpine, 3 pitches, 240'   Camelback Mountain : Gargoyle Wall
Spice Box   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 3 pitches, 225'   Camelback Mountain : The Headwall
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Featured Route For Phoenix Areas
Topping out. good perspective on its height

Unnamed V3 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a V3 6A  AZ : Central Arizona : ... : Beardsley Boulders
Karabin's pocket guide calls it V3(TR) due to the (at the time) bad landing. Problem was later retro bolted and subsequently chopped.Problem is the furthest left problem on the boulder. Start low move to rail, somewhat beta intensive crux on sharp holds followed by a big reach to a crimp rail. Keep your head together and top out on jugs....[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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Sundown near the McDowells.
Sundown near the McDowells.
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By Charles Porter
Jul 6, 2012

I spent about 6 months in the area and didn't get to do any real climbing. Being new to the sport I decided not to go climbing by myself in the desert, but to explore all I could instead. I'll be going back with my climbing buddy Brian some time soon. Here are just some of the pics I got on my trip.

Parts of the hills look promising.
Parts of the hills look promising.

That is one strange tree.
That is one strange tree.

This was taken East of Casa Grande.
This was taken East of Casa Grande.

I thought this looked cool.
I thought this looked cool.

The following pics are from Papago Park in East Phoenix. I took a friend and his family to try some low level bouldering because they were interested in climbing. I'm not good enough to teach anyone else so I figured this was a safe start for them.

Brandon and his boys.
Brandon and his boys.

There is a surprising amount of bouldering around Phoenix if you just look.
There is a surprising amount of bouldering around Phoenix if you just look.


Ty making his first go at it.
Ty making his first go at it.

Break time.
Break time.