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Sedona Scenic Cruise - 5.9 popular

Average Rating = 4.31/5 Average Rating : 4.31 out of 5
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Rock (Trad)
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small stoppers to #3 (3.5 optional) camalot, 10 draws and 5 shoulder sized runners, double 60m ropes
Consensus Ratings
  Difficulty 5.7
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure 4.82/5
  Rock Quality 4.27/5
  Scenery 5.00/5
  Fun Factor 4.73/5

Description:

Starts near western-most buttres/arete of the triangular shaped Gibraltar Rock. The original approach for SSC has been altered and it is best to park at the Bell Rock parking lot just north of Bell Rock. Walk north along the road @ 1 mile until you reach the former pullout (identified by a gate across the trail behind it on the west side of the road). A small trail leads east, joins the bell rock-little wild horse urban trail, keep walking north/left (you will walk beyond/north of the formation a little bit); after it crosses a small drainage with a stone bridge, drop into the wash and follow it probably half to 2/3 mile then take a fork in a small wash to the right, follow this until it turns to steep slick rock, then scramble up to the right side of the butress/arete. You are aiming for the left side of the red tower below the route. Sedona Scenic Cruise begins at the first major crack system right of the arete. First pitch is the crux: up a corner to big flake forming a roof, awkward and well protected. Second pitch: move belay up and left on easy 4th class to ledge with tree above initial bolted anchor, then face climb past bolts and finish on a traverse right to ledge. Third pitch: climb out directly left past a crack to a bolt then up a slightly steep hand and fist crack (easy face holds everywhere). Fourth pitch: face climb on many bolts to ledge. Fifth pitch: move belay right to bolts and continue right past corner to traverse into chimney to ledge. sixth pitch: easy 4th to summit. All belays are bolted.

Descent Options:

double 60m rope rappels

Submitted by: sonso45 on 2007-01-04
Last Modified: 2009-03-28
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Route ID: 48372

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Ratings
  Difficulty 5.9
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure
  Rock Quality
  Scenery
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: dowww on 2012-10-13 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars Sedona Scenic Cruise

Perfect time of year to climb this route. Well shaded until mid afternoon and then the sun was welcomed. With Stacy, great route, nice approach. Best rock I have been on in Sedona, by far. Very clean. The first, third and last pitches were exceptional. I led them all with my wife, but if you are switching leads, somebody is going to get the best deal for sure. Four double rope raps, ignoring the rap in the middle of pitch two is the way to go. Route log in place, but pen needs to be replaced.

Added: 2012-10-16

Ratings
  Difficulty
  Safety Rating G
Onsight Onsight ascent by: kubok13 on 2011-09-03 (View Climbing Log)

3 out of 5 stars none

none

Added: 2011-09-04

Ratings
  Difficulty 5.9
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure
  Rock Quality
  Scenery
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: Slattery on 2009-11-19 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars Helmet found, cam lost

Found a helmet at base, give me the brand and color and I will get it back to you. I we left a cam on P2 and would love to have it back, good climbing karma both ways.

Call Glenn 928 301 7337 Thanks

Added: 2009-11-19

Ratings
  Difficulty 5.9
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure
  Rock Quality
  Scenery
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: thebeetle on 2009-05-02 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars sweet route!

great climbing...when you get there. If you bushwhack, don't step on the criptobiotic soil (black topping to the crusty sand). The approach from the left is definitely the way to go (wish we did it). P1, 3, 4, 5 all great climbing on quality rock. P2 could've easily used natural protection. We got ropes stuck momentarily on raps 2 and 3, and I feel we got really lucky. Thanks for the recommendation Sonso45!

Added: 2009-05-04

Ratings
  Difficulty 5.9
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure
  Rock Quality
  Scenery
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: mountainjunkie on 2009-03-18 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars Amazing Views!!

Had a wonderful day with Manny and Taco! It's startin to get a little warm up there so be sure and get an early start.

Added: 2009-03-19

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