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Basalt Butte overlooking Prescott, AZ

This area was developed back in the day.

Many climbs have "tricky pro" read this as run-out or just lots of marginal gear, lots of "two lobers"

Getting There 

head towards the basalt butte over prescott, AZ

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.3 miles from here

24 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Thumb Butte

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Thumb Butte:
Heart Route   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Northeast Face
Sunshine Slab   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 200'   South Face
Yellow Edge   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   South Face
Mecca   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Northeast Face
Koran   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Northeast Face
David's Climb   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Northeast Face
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Rock Climbing Photo: Paul Roberts moving through the crux.

Doggy Style 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b AZ : Central Arizona : ... : Dog Leg Area
Doggy Style is the beautiful blank face with lichen on it to the right of Dog Leg. Getting to the first bolt of Doggy Style is unprotected (20 feet) but relatively easy (9+). Multiple Cruxes and sustained....[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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Shark Fin
Rock Climbing Photo: Ben starting Dog Leg at Thumbe Butte
Ben starting Dog Leg at Thumbe Butte
Rock Climbing Photo: Flynn on Cherry Ball (5.8 PG13) This route is the ...
Flynn on Cherry Ball (5.8 PG13) This route is the ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down on Mecca
Looking down on Mecca
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The strangest house I've ever seen, you'll get to ...

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By rsh
Aug 22, 2012
Who knows the best way to approach the different areas of the butte? In attempt to reach the north face the other day, we found ourselves bushwacking and scrambling quite a bit. It was not fun. We approached using the climber's trail from the south and wrapped around the northeast face, but once we got to the north side it seemed like it might be easier to come up using the paved trail. True? Are there climber's trails from the paved trail? If anyone would be willing to enlighten me on the best ways to approach the different areas at the butte I would much appreciate it... and it would probably cut down on hiking off trail so much.
By Zschultz
From: Prescott, AZ
Nov 3, 2014
The climber's trail that provides access to the North Side of the Butte starts off of the paved trail, just before the firefighters' shrine on the saddle. The trail is marked by a few large stakes/poles in the ground, no more than 50 feet below the shrine/saddle. The trail is pretty hard to follow, since it doesn't see much use anymore. If you see an old Rusty metal sign on a rock, you're on the right track.

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