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2 - Bear Canyon Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 5,000'
Location: 32.37349, -110.69243 View Map  Incorrect?
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BETA PHOTO: Friction Rock, as seen from Chimney Rock.


This area covers climbs located from Kessler's Corner (milepost 8.7) up to Rollinstone
(milepost 13.3).

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.

Getting There 

Catalina Highway

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.2 miles from here

273 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',56],['2 Stars',131],['1 Star',69],['Bomb',4]

Classic Climbing Routes in 2 - Bear Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for 2 - Bear Canyon:
George's Buttress   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   Chimney Rock
Standard Route   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 5 pitches, 200'   Chimney Rock
Puppy Chow   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Lost Hawk
Yurt Monkey   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Green Slabs Area : Green Slabs (South Face)
Stoner's Boner   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Chimney Rock
Chihuahua Power   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Lost Hawk
FIUTT   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     , 2 pitches, 200'   Chimney Rock
Mistaken Identity   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Chimney Rock
Trick or Treat   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 120'   Hearthstone
Cripple Creek   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches   Pharaoh
Centerpiece   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Chimney Rock
Nuts and Bolts   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 260'   Chessman Area : 5 - Bishop
Pitfalls of Hesitation   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 3 pitches   Agave Spires Area : Hawk's Bill Spire
Single Lens Reflex   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Chimney Rock
Crows Nest   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 220'   Chimney Rock
Two Kings And A Pawn   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 85'   Chessman Area : 4 - Queen
Malt Liquor Man   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Andy Cook Wall
Rain   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Andy Cook Wall
Randy Cook Lives!   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 80'   Andy Cook Wall
King's Arete   5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Chessman Area : 2 - King
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Cripple Creek 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  AZ : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : ... : Pharaoh
A stout climb with fantastic exposure. Nice mix of face and crack climbing with some wide surprises. On pitch one, move up and right to a steep face into a corner/flaring chimney. Sketchy! Pitch two follows a direct line up a crack/corner system. Pitch three continues up a crack before traversing left under a roof to a steep slabby finish....[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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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.

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