Climbing at Oak Creek Canyon
Arizona › Oak Creek
Added by Moe Lauchert
- World-class traditional climbing and plenty of sport climbing.
- Big area accommodates large groups of people.
- Shaded areas all day long.
- Hiking in surrounding area.
About 18 miles south of Flagstaff on the 89A, turn into the Cave Springs parking lot and look for the trail just right of the first bridge. Hike up the chossy hill until you reach a giant sandstone slot canyon in the northwest.
This canyon contained the crags, known as the Dr's Office and the Pharmacy. With grades ranging from 10 and up, there are plenty of heady routes. Oak Creek has more than 190 routes and multiple crags, so there's something for every climber and skill level. The approach to some of the crags can be heinous, so be sure to bring hiking boots and plenty of water.
During monsoon season, many of the trails can get washed out, so if possible it helps to bring someone who has been there before and can help lead you to the right spots.
- Traditional climbing gear
- Regular or guide ATC
- 60 meters of rope minimum
- Cleaning gear
- Plenty of water
- Hiking boots
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I was fortunate enough to visit Oak Creek Canyon in the winter of 2016, and I can't speak highly enough about this incredible area. The routes were so much fun to climb and you were rewarded with incredible views of the area once you reached the top. One of my favorite spots, The Pond, had three longer single pitch sport climbs right next to a waterfall. If you have an opportunity to climb here, I highly recommend it! Also, I suggest checking out the work Access Fund is doing to help protect the Oak Flat campground as there are currently efforts being made by mining companies to purchase this sacred Apache land. You can find more information here: https://www.accessfund.org/take-action/campaigns/save-oak-flat
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