Red Rocks-Sedona Area

Page Type Page Type: Area/Range
Location Lat/Lon: 34.88610°N / 111.8063°W
Activities Activities: Hiking, Trad Climbing, Sport Climbing, Bouldering, Aid Climbing, Scrambling, Canyoneering
Seasons Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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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.

Remember The Titans?
Remember the Titans

The Three Golden Chiefs
The Three Chiefs

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)

Queen Victoria
-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 Lore

Richard 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.


Nearby camping in the Coconino National Forest :

BootleggerApr 15-Oct 31
Cave SpringsApr 13-Oct 15
ManzanitaYear Round
Pine Flat WestMar 5-Oct 26
Beaver CreekYear Round
W. Clear CreekYear Round



Children refers to the set of objects that logically fall under a given object. For example, the Aconcagua mountain page is a child of the 'Aconcagua Group' and the 'Seven Summits.' The Aconcagua mountain itself has many routes, photos, and trip reports as children.