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3 - Windy Point East

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3 - Windy Point East  


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Description 

According to Squeezing the Lemmon II, "this short section of the highway is from milepost 13.6 to 13.8 (edited) and has the greatest concentration of climbs anywhere on the mountain". Most of the cliffs found here are east-facing, but there are exceptions, so comfortable microclimates can be found in all but the hottest times of the year.

Windy Point is a vista/overlook spot where one can see the entire Tucson valley, making it a popular stop for tourists. Parking and bathrooms can be found here, as well as a plethora of high quality climbing routes.






Getting There 

Catalina Highway.

Most of the climbs can be best accessed by parking in the large lot at Windy Point, or in one of the pullouts just downhill from Windy Point proper. See individual crag descriptions for best approach.

Climbing Season



Weather station 3.4 miles from here

143 Total Routes

['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',30],['2 Stars',63],['1 Star',41],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',5],['5.7',6],['5.8',15],['5.9',15],['5.10',46],['5.11',31],['5.12',15],['5.13',4],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',1],['V2-3',5],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for 3 - Windy Point East:
Rabbit Tracks   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Turret Rock and Environs
R1   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 120'   Rupley Towers
R4   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 130'   Rupley Towers
Space Cowboy   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 75'   Wind Wall
Birthday Girl   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Anduriel Tower
Desire   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R     Trad, 1 pitch, 180'   Nurd Rock
Lizard Marmalade Direct   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 135'   Punch and Judy Towers
Just Do It   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Punch and Judy Towers
Steve's Arete   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Hunchback Pinnacle
Stealth Made Man   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch   Turret Rock and Environs
Honeymooners   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 2 pitches, 130'   Honeymooner's Wall
Racing The Moon   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   Turret Rock and Environs
Arizona Flyways   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Anduriel Tower
Power Hungry   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 2 pitches, 160'   Punch and Judy Towers
Butchwax   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Canines & Lobo Wall
Holey Moley   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 80'   New Wave Wall
Green Ripper   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Hunchback Pinnacle
Honker   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Big Pine Towers - East Face
Tsunami   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   New Wave Wall
New Wave Direct   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 50'   New Wave Wall
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P2 of R1

R1 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  AZ : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : ... : Rupley Towers
On the second tower from the North (Tower B in EFR's book), just to the right of a chimney (route: R2, 5.6+) you will see a ledge about 30 feet up with a tree and a two-bolt belay. (1) Climb up flake past left facing corner under a bolt to this ledge. (2) Climb straight up left facing corner to crack, then face to top of tower. You can descend to the back side easily with one rappel. If you need to return to the base of the route, you can probably BARELY reach the belay ledge from pitch 1 ...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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Sunset at Windy Point
Sunset at Windy Point
Hitchcock Pinnacle just before reaching Windy Poin...
Hitchcock Pinnacle just before reaching Windy Poin...
windy point
windy point
The best place to watch the sun set
The best place to watch the sun set
Mount Lemmon Hwy and Tucson beyond, Mt. Lemmon
Mount Lemmon Hwy and Tucson beyond, Mt. Lemmon

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