Church Spires

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Arizona, United States, North America
Trad Climbing
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Church Spires
Created On: Nov 29, 2011
Last Edited On: Apr 28, 2014


Church Spires

The Church Spires area is named after the “Chapel of the Holly Cross”, a popular tourist landmark in Sedona. Chapel of the Holly Cross is a church that is built into a significant rock formation with a huge cross as its anchor. Up and to the east on a ridge are a variety of red towers. These make up the “Four Flying Horsemen of the Apocalypse". From left to right they are named the North Tower, Minister and Pulpit, Christianity and the Streaker. To the left of these towers is Trundlers Club Buttress which is more of a wall than a buttress. Other towers in the same vicinity include Blow Job Rock, Devil’s Thumb and the Watchtower.

Trundlers Club Buttress, 5.10d

The climbing at Church Spires is fairly stout on typical desert tower sandstone with most routes falling in the 5.11 range. Trundlers Club Buttress the route (5.10d) is one of the more popular moderates and was established in 2001. Mission to Mars (on the wall behind the church aka Planetarium) is a bolted route that gets one on line review of “best 5.12d in Arizona”. Pussy Mind Trick, to the right of Trundlers Club, is a stellar 5.11d with gear and fixed pro.

Locate the local tourist attraction in Sedona known as the Chapel of the Holly Cross, a church built into a local rock formation at the end of Chapel Road right off highway 179 in Sedona. Park at a small pullout on the north side of Chapel road before the entrance to the private church road. Hike up the road to the chapel. For the towers to the east and Trundlers Club Buttress, catch a public hiking trail on the right side before reaching the final bend into the church. Follow this trail as it dead ends into another trail. Turn left and follow this main trail as it heads toward the ridge containing the towers to the east.


 Trundlers Club Buttress, 5.10d

Trundlers Club Buttress, 5.10d
Trundlers Club Buttress, 5.10d

  • Beach Crags, 5.9-5.12
  • Two walls, upper and lower. Trad and sport single pitch

  • Planetarium, 5.11-5.13
  • , Sport single pitch

  • Church and Religion Walls, 5.8-5.11
  • , Trad climbing

  • The Streaker
  • , North Face, 5.7+, 4 Pitches, Easiest Climb

  • Christianity Tower
  • , Blast from the Past, 5.10, 5 Pitches, Largest Tower

  • Minister and the Pulpit,
  • Praying Hands, 5.11, 2 Pitches, Off-Width

  • North Tower,
  • West Face (Good Friday), 5.12, 3 Pitches, Roof with Tips Crack

  • Trundlers Club Buttress, 5.10d-5.11d
  • , Two well protected routes, fixed and trad, side by side

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