This is the sunniest part of Thumb Butte and can sizzle shoes in the hot months but also provide for decent climbing during the cold. Most routes are low-angle and allow for very creative protection and nutcraft. A few bolted routes exist as well as some crack sections, but most climbs are face climbing with natural pro.
Ascend the paved tourist trail to the shoulder and then look for a small climbers trail around to the south side. With packs total approach time is maybe 20 or 30 minutes.
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Sunshine Slab 5.6 Trad, 1 pitch, 200 feet
Yellow Edge 5.8 Trad, 1 pitch, 40 feet
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Sunshine Slab 5.6 AZ : Central Arizona : ... : South Face
The obvious face to the right of Sickle Roof, this route is classic for its position, exposure and view. Scramble up to the base and the crux is right off the ground, then easy protectable climbing to the top.The route can be split up into two pitches and there is a bolt (strange triangle hanger) on a ledge right before the final 20 or 30 feet of the route. Recommended if you need to supervise a less experienced second....[more] Browse More Classics in AZ