2 - Bear Canyon Rock Climbing
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
283 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',57],['2 Stars',136],['1 Star',73],['Bomb',4]
Classic Climbing Routes in 2 - Bear Canyon
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for 2 - Bear Canyon:
Featured Route For 2 - Bear Canyon
Single Lens Reflex 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b AZ
: Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin...
: ... : Chimney Rock
Wild route! Sustained. Walking right from George's Buttress you pass Mistaken Identity, Stoner's Boner, and then a large rectangular block against the base. Centerpiece climbs the obvious vertical crack system that starts from the right side of this block. A little further is a prominent left facing left leaning corner that starts a ways off the ground. The standard start goes up right then underclingd left and then traverses further left to reach the base of the corner. This is a bit runout, bu...[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
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.