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Difficulty:3A III PG (v4a1 III)
Raps:‌4, max ↨220ft
Overall:5.5-8h ⟷3.7mi
Approach:3-4h ⟷2.3mi ↑1300ft
Descent:2-3h ⟷528ft ↓750ft
Exit:30min-1h ⟷1.3mi ↓430ft
Red Tape:No permit required
Rock type:Sandstone
Condition Reports:
30 Jul 2023

"Another great trip to King's. The approach is one of my favorite in Sedona, pretty, engaging, and plenty to see! Once we got to the top of the final

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Not quite a canyon, but a full value route with an approach that makes you earn it. Traverse Boynton Canyons' Deadmans Dome, riding the coconino shelves and red rock slabs to the drop in.

Enjoy the surprises along the way, and the quick exit!


Follow the approach KML. Initially, same approach as Deadman’s Descent and Deadman’s Hollow. PG rating is for the class IV crack and exposed ridgeline traverse that follows.

Follow the sandstone shelf beyond the aforementioned routes, and continue to work your way from there to R1. This can be done by following the track to an prominent break in the cliff band. Hike down the break to the sandstone slab and locate R1.


R1: 220' off Bolts RDC of watercourse. Watch for hikers below! Hand signals or radios or cell phones recommended.

R2: 105' off tree.

R3: 30' off tree.

R4: 145' LDC Bolts on first ledge. Trail rope until free hang. Watch for hikers below. Use caution and select appropriate rigging as the rope wants to naturally go into a pinch before the free hang.


The last rappel lands you directly at the social trail LDC. Follow the social trail to Boynton Canyon trail and your vehicle.

Red tape

Red Rocks pass required for parking at trailhead. $5 per day at pay station at trailhead. Annual National Park Pass will also work.

Beta sites

Trip reports and media


This route is a memorial route for our dear friend Brandon Levander.

First Descent: Kevin Iosue, Brandon Levander, and Eric Moorcroft 7/29/21.


Information provided by automated processes. KML map by (unknown). Main photo by (unknown). Authors are listed in chronological order.

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