Queen Victoria is a delicate climb with an awesome summit. This formation is located in the Moose Butte area. It is clearly in view from Schnebly Hill Road. This is a good climb that features chimney, stemming, crack and arm bar move, bring a number 4! Just beware of loose rock. From the summit you will see Midgley Bridge, Oak Creek Canyon and Sedona. To get there: Drive 1.9 miles on Schnebly Hill Road. Pull off the road on the left. The approach is done from this parking pull off area. There is a river wash just below. Head west on the trail, you will soon see the Pointed Dome formation and Queen Victoria formation, head up. You will have a large drainage on your left most of the hike up. This is a little back country 45-50 minute approach, so look listen and be aware. Enjoy the experience. Gear: Standard Rack – to a number 4 cam.
Two ropes. Descent make one single rope rappel from summit anchor to a pair of beefy chains. Two rope rappel to the very bottom.
Submitted by: alleycat on 2007-03-12
Last Modified: 2007-03-20
Route ID: 58228
Was going to solo on-site, but Stacy was up for a quick climb before we left Sedona after a great fall weekend stay in Sedona. 3 hrs car to car early in the morning (bit chilly in Oct, takes a while for the sun to hit it) and Stacy is not a fast hiker or climber. Cute route, definitely worth doing. Very clean and well traveled, solid solo opt for Sedona. Epitaph across the way is an incredible 3 pitch must do.
A really fun climb! I enjoyed pitch 1 the most simply due to the length and sustained climbing, however pitch 3 had the most fun move. I liked the exposure there. All in all a great climb, and a fantastic summit.
The approach was easier on the way out... like a lot of desert climbs. The key is to stay on the trail that runs along the bottom of the Moose Butte when ascending through the final gully. Bring the 4 leave the 5 at home, singles in everything else. Stellar view, even for Sedona.