Climbing / Mountaineering
Sedona’s magnificent mountains, rock formations, spires, and monoliths are often admired from afar, but it is the truly adventurous spirits who attempt to climb them. Sedona climbing activities include bouldering, trad climbing, and mountaineering.
- Climbing in Sedona allows you to intimately experience the magic of Sedona’s red rocks.
- Hike 3 of Sedona’s most spectacular summits to see panoramic views of Red Rock Country and the surrounding areas.
- Check out Sedona local adventure guides to find an local expert to show the ropes when its comes to climbing and mountaineering.
Where can I go climbing?
Mars Attacks/The Fin
A great climb with slab, traverse, crack, and epic views of Sedona.
- Type of Climbing: Trad, 4 pitches, Grade II
- Difficulty: 5.9
- Location: Drive west on Hwy 89a, turn right on Dry Creek Rd. Drive for a couple miles to FR 152, turn right and drive 1.6 miles down the dirt road to a pullout on the right and a trail next to it. Follow the trail to “the Fin” rock formation.
Dr. Rubo’s Wild Ride
Fun climb, solid rock, not to difficult.
- Type of Climbing: Trad, 4 pitches, 300 ft, grade III
- Difficulty: 5.9
- Location: Summit Block Rock, just west of Coffeepot Rock in West Sedona.
Climbs one of the highest sandstone towers in Sedona.
- Type of Climbing: Trad, 6 pitches, 700 ft, Grade III
- Difficulty: 5.10
- Location: Take Hwy 89a to Jordan Rd. Turn left at the T junction and follow forest access signs onto dirt road. Park at the end of the dirt road. Follow the drainage wash on the right and turn left. After about 30-40 minutes, the wash will turn right and the tower will become visible. Continue in the wash until you are almost under the tower, where you will find the climbers trail.
North Face/West Crack
Climbs the famous Sedona red rock formation Rabbit Ears.
- Type of Climbing: Trad, 3 pitches, 250 ft
- Difficulty: 5.10a
- Location: Oak Creek Spire “Rabbit Ears”
Where can I go mountaineering?
Easy climb in the western canyon area with great views.
- Trailhead: Drive west on Hwy 89a, turn right on Dry Creek Rd, drive 2.9 miles and turn left at the stop sign. Drive 1.6 miles and take another left, Doe Mountain Trailhead is another 1.2 miles up the road on the left.
- Distance: 1.5 miles round trip
- Elevation: 5,067 ft
- Difficulty: Easy Class 1
The highest summit in Sedona, a true feat, the views are well worth the climb.
- Trailhead: From intersection Hwy 89a/Hwy 179, drive 2 miles north on Hwy 89a to the Midgely Bridge parking area. Trailhead begins just west of the parking lot.
- Distance: 5.6 miles
- Elevation: 7122 ft
- Difficulty: Experienced
This fun and challenging climb leads you to epic views of Sedona, the Verde Valley, and San Francisco Peaks to the north.
- Trailhead: Across from Doe Mountain Trailhead. Drive west on Hwy 89a, turn right on Dry Creek Rd, left at the stop sign, another left, and the trailhead is up the road on the right, parking on the left.
- Distance: 4.8 miles roundtrip
- Elevation: 6,557 ft
- Difficulty: Class 1-Moderate Class 2
I am looking for a guide
Climbing and Mountaineering can be tricky business if you are unfamiliar with the area. Visit one of Sedona’s outdoor shops to talk to a climbing expert or check out Sedona’s some of these adventure guides for climbing and mountaineering tours.