BETA PHOTO: Friction Rock, as seen from Chimney Rock.
This area covers climbs located from Kessler's Corner (milepost 8.7) up to Rollinstone
Bear Canyon, due to it's exposure, provides a shady setting among ponderosa pine surprisingly low on the mountain. A number of quality crags are found here including Chimney Rock, which hosts some uber-classic trad pitches, and Friction Rock, home to one of the Catalinas perennial ice climbs, The Stain.
Camping and restrooms are available here as well.
Weather station 3.2 miles from here
261 Total Routes
['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',52],['2 Stars',126],['1 Star',65],['Bomb',4]
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Crows Nest 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b AZ
: Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin...
: ... : Chimney Rock
This route is located on the far right end of Chimney Rock, just right of the steep, bolted Ratline (5.11). Climb the left leaning, large dihedral for two pitches. Cruxy moves, and great protection, are encountered on both pitches. A two bolt anchor at the top of Ratline marks the top of the first pitch. A savvy leader can easily link the first two pitches. This is desirable as the first belay is hanging while the second belay is one of the best on the mountain (and also bolted). The last ...[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
Latest Regional Forum Messages
By steven sadler
From: SLC, UT
Dec 5, 2012
I'm seeing some pictures of a lot of snow in this area. Is it too cold to climb here in December?
By 1Eric Rhicard
Dec 5, 2012
Not until next week. Even then you could climb at Chimney Rock if the sun is out. We are having unseasonably warm temps this year. When it gets cold you might have to climb lower on the mountain as Bear canyon is usually colder than most places on the mountain at that elevation.