A rare desert snow leopard, Granite Mountain
The Swamp Slabs is the leftmost section of Granite Mountain, from the Swamp Slabs Route over to Tread Gently. Most of the Swamp Slabs routes can be reached from Pine Tree Ledge, a prominent shelf cutting across the bottom of the Swamp Slabs area. The routes here are mostly easy to moderate, on good rock and offer good pro and very nice climbing.
The standard descent for the Swamp Slabs area is to hike off slabs on the left (northern) end of the mountain and then scramble down to reach Pine Tree Ledge from there. This can be tricky the first time, but if you look carefully, you can see signs of previous passage.
The Swamp Slabs are access from the main climber's trail in a sort of open, flat area with an agave plant or two. The Swamp Slabs trail heads up the left from here, then grunts up below the wall to reach Pine Tree Ledge.
Weather station 6.6 miles from here
8 Total Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Swamp Slabs:
Debut 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, 2 pitches, 300'
Pinhead 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
R Trad, 3 pitches, 300'
Featured Route For Swamp Slabs
Debut 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a AZ
: Central Arizona
: ... : Swamp Slabs
Fantastic climbing and a great intro climb to Granite Mountain. Debut begins about 10 feet to the left of a large pine on the Pine Tree Ledge. Pitch 1: Follow the shallow cracks up to a small roof. Pull the roof to the right on good jugs. Then follow a double crack system up to a gully to the right of a few bushes. 5.4 150' Pitch 2: The money pitch and a classic for the grade. Step across the gully to the right and make a few mantel moves up to a big ledge. Continue up the hand to finger c...[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
Local Information for Swamp Slabs
Latest Regional Forum Messages
Oct 2, 2006
The climbers trail to the swamp slabs area is easy to miss. As you hike in on trail 261, walk for about a mile ad a quarter past the wilderness boundary and to a fence. Turn right (toward the mountain) you will continue to walk up the trail past 2 switch backs. When you see two sticks across a small trail continue up one more switchback to a curve below a 15 foot rock shelf. The trail cuts down through prickly pear before winding up through rock outcrops. Once you hit the rock walk up hill till you are at the large pine on pine tree ledge. all routes can be accessed from here.
From: Cave Creek/Preskitt, AZ
Jul 19, 2014
Just a heads up to everyone... I put up a rap station on top of the Swamp Slabs area, about 25' North of the old Juniper, on July 16th 2014. It's a simple thread-through with red sling and a carabiner. It reaches about mid-way down the slab on top of the boulders with at least a 60 meter rope and is a really clean pull. From there traverse out to the normal descent trail. Hopefully it stays there throughout the entire season.