Area Overview"You know you're from Arizona when you feed your chickens ice cubes to keep them from laying hard-boiled eggs."
~ Local Saying
Geologists call Sedona's ruddy sandstone, deposited in a desert some 275 million years ago, the Schnebly Hill Formation.
This thick sandstone ranges in quality from very good to very bad.
Some sections are compact and reliable for climbing, while others are composed of soft and brittle rock more akin to dried brown sugar.
With easy access and short approaches, the crags are mere minutes away from the myriad hotels and campgrounds of your choosing,
and you'll DIG the stellar National-Park-feel of this hip place.
Looking for a little New Age action? You've come to the right spot.
Routes Overview (A-Z)Acropolis (6,130 ft)
-NE Face (5.7+)
-Rad OW (5.9+)
-50meter Dash (5.11+)
-Flight of the Anasazi (2 pitches - 5.11+)
Bear Mountain (6,557 ft)
-Bear Mountain Trail (class 1-2) - RT 9.6 mi / 1,900 ft gain [*does not reach true summit
(additional 3 mi RT and 100+ft of gain to true summit)]
Bell Rock (4,919 ft)
-Summit Route (5.8) – RT 1 mi / 547 ft gain
Capitol Butte (Thunder Mountain) (6,355 ft)
-South Face (class 4) - RT +/-3 mi / 1,800 ft of gain
-West Route (Lizard Head) - class 3
Cathedral Rock (4,964 ft)
-Cathedral Rock Trail (class 2) - RT 1.4 mi/608 ft gain
-Fat Bastard 5.11- R
Courthouse Butte (5,451 ft)
-Central Rib (5.6)
-Coyote Tower (5.10c - 6 pitches)
Doe Mountain (5,067 ft)
-Doe Mountain Trail (class 2) – RT 1.5 mi / 467 ft gain
Morning Glory Spire (The Sphinx) (5,310 ft)
-NW Ridge (class 4)
Oak Creek Spire (4,800 ft)
-North Face – West Cracks (III 5.9)
-Regular Route (II 5.7)
Sugarloaf (4,911 ft)
-Sugarloaf Trail (class 1) - RT 2.2 mi / 580 ft gain
Summit Block Rock (5,200 ft)
-Dr. Rubo’s Wild Ride (II 5.9+)
-Shagging the Doctor (II 5.10)
-The Quiet Storm (II 5.10+)
-Original Route (5.9 A2)
The Cockscomb (5,009 ft)
-The Cockscomb Trail (class 3) – RT 3 mi / gain 550 ft
The Fin (Sedona) (5,667 ft)
The Mace (4,840 ft)
-East Face (III 5.9+) - RT 1 mi / 450 ft gain
Wilson Mountain (7,122 ft)
-Wilson Mountain South Trail #10 (class 1-2) - RT 10.6 mi / 2,200 ft gain
A Little Local LoreRichard Wilson was killed by a grizzly bear in 1885, in the area now called
Wilson Canyon. That's the story most locals hear. The rest of the story is,
he also killed the bear.
Fifty years later, grizzlies in Arizona became totally extinct.
Perhaps that's why the rest of the story goes untold.
People may not have memorialized Wilson had they known that the bear attacked when he was
already full of lead.
Today, the more bashful black bears are the only reminders of the dramatic
events at Wilson Canyon.
Red (Rock) Tape ?All vehicles must display a Red Rock Pass when parked at trail-heads.
CampingNearby camping in the Coconino National Forest :
|Bootlegger||Apr 15-Oct 31|
|Cave Springs||Apr 13-Oct 15|
|Pine Flat West||Mar 5-Oct 26|
|Beaver Creek||Year Round|
|W. Clear Creek||Year Round|