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Williams/ Sycamore Canyon Areas  


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Elevation: 7,000'
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Description 

The greater Williams area has some fine climbing indeed. Paradise Forks, Volunteer Canyon, "The land of a thousand climbs" Sycamore Point, and a newer addition, Whitetail Canyon, are all found in the sprawling forests, and majestic grasslands south of Garland Prairie, on the rim of Sycamore Canyon. These columnar basalt canyons are home to some of the best hard rock crack climbing in Arizona.

Scotty works the layback over the second cruxy bul...
Scotty works the layback over the second cruxy bulge on the flirtatious and classic Paradise Lost 5.12-, Paradise Forks.

JJ Turning the lip of the roof on the FA of Raptur...
JJ Turning the lip of the roof on the FA of Rapture 5.10, though it's super classic 5.9 at this point. John Burcham with an attentive belay down low. Volunteer Canyon.
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Bill Williams Mt. is home to The Balls, an old school Bob Murray bouldering area, as well as some newer sport attractions. Don't miss out on Bill Williams Spire, AKA Finger Rock if you are in the mood for a small adventure.

Colin Cox on the FA of Snake Legs 5.11c, Balls Wal...
Colin Cox on the FA of Snake Legs 5.11c, Balls Wall, Bill Williams Mountain.


There is some developed bouldering. The Center Pinche Area is out here, as well as, the afore mentioned Balls area, and exploratory potential.

Getting There 

Follow directions for the individual crags.

Climbing Season



Weather station 0.4 miles from here

173 Total Routes

['4 Stars',25],['3 Stars',100],['2 Stars',41],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',2],['5.8',9],['5.9',29],['5.10',48],['5.11',50],['5.12',31],['5.13',4],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Williams/ Sycamore Canyon Areas:
The Black Rose   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 70'   Paradise Forks : The Obsidian Wall
Fool's Game   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Paradise Forks : The Prow
Mayflower   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Paradise Forks : The Prow
Jolly Roger   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Paradise Forks : The Prow
Raindance   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   Paradise Forks : Raindance Buttress
East Of Eden   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   Paradise Forks : The Gold Wall
Lost Highway   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 140'   North Side : Tralfamadore Buttress
Loose Lips   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Paradise Forks : Davidson Wall
Torpedo   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Paradise Forks : Davidson Wall
The Prow   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch   Paradise Forks : The Prow
Green Knight   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 80'   North Side : The Middle Ages
Jungle Jive   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Paradise Forks : The Jungle Wall
Gold Finger   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad   Paradise Forks : The Gold Wall
Three Turkeys   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Paradise Forks : Davidson Wall
Davidson Dihedral   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 55'   Paradise Forks : Pillow Wall
Hocus Focus   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13     Trad, 65'   Paradise Forks : The White Wall
Mutiny on the Bounty   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Paradise Forks : The Prow
Nyctophiliac    5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 125'   South Side : West End Wall
Paradise Lost   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Paradise Forks : Davidson Wall
Ice Cream Dreams, AKA Acid Test Crack   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Paradise Forks : The Gold Wall
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Featured Route For Williams/ Sycamore Canyon Areas
Placing gear low on the route.  Photo by Bennett B...

Shotgun 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b  AZ : Paradise Forks : The Prow
Shotgun has some of the best, technical 5.12 finger jamming at the Forks, and this double barrel line is loaded with with good gear. Better keep your eye on the target, and your trigger finger at the ready for this one. This route is to the right of On The Edge. Climb up a short, vertical band to a gravelly ledge. The route follows the seam/finger crack with some tight, steep moves down low, severe stemming and thin jamming in the middle, and nice long moves with positive fingers at the top. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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