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**Prescott Areas  


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Elevation: 5,500'
Location: 34.5456, -112.4691 View Map  Incorrect?
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Mark Sargent at end of 3rd pitch, The Classic

Description 

Prescott is a beautiful little city, and she is loaded with granite!! Not to mention a colorful climbing history.... From the unique holds of Thumb Butte to the 500' wall of Granite Mountain, to the tricky folds of the Dells, Prescott has a substantial list of quality routes, both trad and sport, old school and new.

Heather Hayes pulls through the crux of the Coatim...
Heather Hayes pulls through the crux of the Coatimundi Roof, Granite Mountain.


Along with that, Sullivan's Canyon is a great basalt area which really caters to the beginner and moderate trad climber. Throw in the quartzite sport routes of the Promised Land, and you have a perfect mid elevation destination to either shake off the cold of Flagstaff, or to flee the heat of the lower deserts of Southern Arizona.

Jack moving into the roof crux on Judgement Day, T...
Jack moving into the roof crux on Judgement Day, Thumb Butte, Prescott, AZ


And, of course, the bouldering is awesome! The steel grey, fine grained granite of areas like Groom Creek and Wolf Creek speak for themselves, while the mid grained golden granite around town reminds one of perfect Joshua Tree style stone. You can get lost for days of highballing out at Watson Lake, or try your hand at some fantastic pocketed basalt bouldering at Thumb Butte, and in Sullivan's Canyon. The Santa Maria Mountains north of town still hold a quantity of undeveloped fine grained granite..... The list of excellent problems is long, and reaches well into the double digit V's at this point in time.

Mike Gasch dealing well with a Painful Truth V4, T...
Mike Gasch dealing well with a Painful Truth V4, Thor's Chasm, Watson Lake, 1999.

Voodoo Blues is the chalked up black streak on the far right.

Getting There 

Drive to Prescott

Climbing Season



Weather station 0.3 miles from here

368 Total Routes

['4 Stars',57],['3 Stars',171],['2 Stars',96],['1 Star',23],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',31],['5.7',14],['5.8',29],['5.9',38],['5.10',78],['5.11',42],['5.12',10],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',36],['V2-3',35],['V4-5',24],['V6-7',15],['V8-9',14],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',2],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for **Prescott Areas:
The Wave   V0+ 4+     Boulder, 10'   Main Boulders : The Wave Area
Facelift   V4 6B     Boulder, 12'   Satellite Areas : The Island (Facelift Area)
Moonstone   V6 7A     Boulder, 10'   Main Boulders : Moonstone, Leg Lock Rock, B...
DRL Drive Sit Start   V8-9 7B+     Boulder, 15'   Thumb Butte Boulders : New Outfromunder Boulders
Dislocation Direct   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 300'   Granite Mountain : Swamp Slabs
The Classic   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 3 pitches   Granite Mountain : Middle Section
Green Savior   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 4 pitches, 350'   Granite Mountain : Middle Section
Crack Lover's Variation   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Granite Mountain : Middle Section
Coatimundi / Candyland LInkup   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   Granite Mountain : Middle Section
Said and Done   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 3 pitches   Granite Mountain : Middle Section
Magnolia Thunderpussy   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 3 pitches   Granite Mountain : Middle Section
Reunion   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 250'   Granite Mountain : Middle Section
Co-op Crack   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 120'   High Rappel Dell : Co-op Crack Area
Kingpin   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 5 pitches, 450'   Granite Mountain : Middle Section
The Slammer Jam   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 3 pitches   Granite Mountain : Middle Section
The Hotline (aka Hiccup Delux)   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 3 pitches   Granite Mountain : Middle Section
Candyland   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 5 pitches, 450'   Granite Mountain : Middle Section
Coatimundi Whiteout   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 5 pitches   Granite Mountain : Middle Section
Help Me Mr. Wizard   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 1 pitch   Granite Mountain : Middle Section
Solomon   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 70'   The Promised Land : Solomon Area
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Featured Route For **Prescott Areas
Mike Gasch ascending the Buddha Ladder, 1999

The Buddha Ladder V2 5+  AZ : Central Arizona : ... : The Sanctuary
The Buddha Ladder is another of Prescott's classic crack problems. This fantastic line is nestled away in a small, tranquil canyon. This striking finger crack is punctuated with awesome finger buckets on the sides of it. A beautiful jug awaits at the top. Full on classic for the grade....[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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