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**Prescott Areas  

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The awesome first pitch of Magnolia Thunder Pussy


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.

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440 Total Routes

['4 Stars',59],['3 Stars',178],['2 Stars',99],['1 Star',85],['Bomb',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...
High Exposure Exit   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch   Granite Mountain : Middle Section
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
Magnolia Thunderpussy   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 3 pitches   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
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
Candyland   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 5 pitches, 450'   Granite Mountain : Middle Section
The Hotline (aka Hiccup Delux)   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 3 pitches   Granite Mountain : Middle Section
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
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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Asking for help from the wizard

Help Me Mr. Wizard 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c  AZ : Central Arizona : ... : Middle Section
As you are gazing up at the Classic, Said and Done, or Reunion, drift ever so slightly left and check out the giant flake splitter that defines Help me Mr. Wizard. This is an exciting pitch which will test nerves and staying power alike, and is probably PG-13.Climb crack up to a point where there is a little roof. This section is kind of spicy if I remember correctly. The gear under the wee roof is saucy as well, though it has been personally tested. Climb out the roof around right to reach ...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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By BCramer
From: Prescott
Aug 3, 2015
Looking for any info on the boulders that are right on the new Centennial Trail in Prescott. They're located above the eastern end of the trail off Westridge Road. Names, ratings, etc. I know I'm not the first to do them, and I'd like to get the names for the new edition of Prescott Bouldering that is nearing completion.
Actually, any new bouldering info around Prescott would be great! Thanks, Bill
Centennial Trail boulders
Centennial Trail boulders
By Pablo-Roberts
From: Prescott, Arizona
Aug 19, 2015
Please dont add another couple hundred V0s that most people will never get around too.
By BCramer
From: Prescott
Aug 20, 2015
Thanks for sharing your perspective, Pablo-Roberts. Interesting to note that about one quarter of the route posts for Groom Creek here on MP are VO-/VO, so it would appear that at least some people are doing them and like them enough to post. Often when I go out I find chalk on obscure easy problems I never expected to see. Also, most recreational climbers don't climb much harder than VO/VO+. In writing the guides, I try not to judge the motivations, abilities or aesthetics of the users. I'm just chronicling what I find or what others show me. I suppose in your case, the many VOs serve to guide you where not to waste your time. For others, it shows them precisely where to go.
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