Sign Up  |   Log In:Login with Facebook
REI Community
7 - Upper Highway

Select Area...
Aspen Trail Boulders 
Charlie Dome and The Lony Tusk 
Delta Dome 
Five Mile Wall 
Havens, The 
Ireland 
Isle of Man, The 
Mount Bigelow 
Not So Steep 
PPG Rock 
Raycreation Area 
Reef of Rocks 
South Park 
Spectrum Crags 
Steep, The 
Wilderness of Rocks 
Wilderness of Rocks Domes 

7 - Upper Highway Rock Climbing 


Photos:  Recent | Best | Popular
Elevation: 8,000'
Location: 32.44073, -110.78727 View Map  Incorrect?
Page Views: 52,823
Administrators: Greg Opland, JJ Schlick, Hendrixson, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: James DeRoussel on Jul 12, 2010
Forecast:
Today

74° | 56°
Wednesday

71° | 52°
Thursday

69° | 52°
Friday

64° | 51°
Saturday

70° | 52°
Sunday

72° | 53°
You & This Area
Best climbs for YOU in this area
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [0 people like this page.]
A shot of Mt. Bigelow through the Rime Ice covered...

Description 

The Upper Highway area covers crags and climbs from Palisades Ranger Station (milepost 19.4) on up to the top if the mountain. It includes areas near the summit, but accessed by means other than the Summit Crags.

This section of the mountain will likely be very cold, or under snow, in winter months. Seasonal closures for raptor nesting in some areas further shorten the climbing season here. But when access is open and weather permits, the Upper Mountain offers some of the longest and most committing routes on the mountain.

Upper Highway is not included as a chapter in Squeezing the Lemmon II, but will be consistent with Eric's new guide when it is published.


Getting There 

Catalina Highway

Climbing Season



Weather station 4.1 miles from here

325 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',13],['3 Stars',84],['2 Stars',137],['1 Star',71],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',5],['5.7',13],['5.8',18],['5.9',16],['5.10',67],['5.11',72],['5.12',40],['5.13',2],['>=5.14',1],['',0],['<=V1',7],['V2-3',29],['V4-5',12],['V6-7',15],['V8-9',12],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',17],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in 7 - Upper Highway

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for 7 - Upper Highway:
X-Ray   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 40'   Raycreation Area : Upper Wall
Jackie's Separation Anxiety   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Sport, 45'   Raycreation Area : Upper Wall
Rapture of the Steep   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches   Reef of Rocks : Neptune
Pocket Protector   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 60'   Mount Bigelow : Trundle Pinnacle
Sting Ray, AKA Geirless Warrior   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 50'   Raycreation Area : Upper Wall
Odyssey   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 4 pitches, 500'   Reef of Rocks : Poseidon
Raycreation   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 55'   Raycreation Area : Upper Wall
You Bastards   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 105'   South Park
Stepping Into Blue Sky   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 2 pitches, 90'   The Steep
Reef Break   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 3 pitches, 235'   Reef of Rocks : Aegir
Naranja   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   Reef of Rocks : Neptune
The Eagle's Gift   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Delta Dome
Venezuelan Mafia    5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 45'   Raycreation Area : Lower Wall
Ma'adim   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 4 pitches, 375'   Reef of Rocks : Neptune
Iron Butterfly   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   Mount Bigelow : Butterfly Wall
Corned Beef and Thrash   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Ireland
Rogue Planet   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 230'   Reef of Rocks : Aegir
Firefly   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 115'   Mount Bigelow : Butterfly Wall
The Sampler   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 60'   Spectrum Crags : Spectrum Wall
Doubt   5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a     Sport, 1 pitch, 160'   Reef of Rocks : Aegir
Browse More Rock Climbing Classics in 7 - Upper Highway

Featured Route For 7 - Upper Highway
Rock Climbing Photo: Overview photo

Naranja 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a  AZ : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : ... : Neptune
Naranja is a challenging climb on the north face of Neptune. Its terrific first pitch has some fabulous climbing at a remarkably consistent grade. Its second pitch has some scary flakes; one option to avoid this pitch is to continue to the top on Agent Orange or to rappel after the first pitch. The Agent Orange linkup is shown on the beta photo and described here.1) Start below and a bit right of a beautiful dihedral about 30' up. Climb to the dihedral and work your way up it using...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

Photos of 7 - Upper Highway Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Bouldering by the stream...upper mountain
Bouldering by the stream...upper mountain
Rock Climbing Photo: Bouldery start on this cool gear lead. "C&quo...
Bouldery start on this cool gear lead. "C&quo...

Comments on 7 - Upper Highway Add Comment
Show which comments
- none yet -

The Definitive
Climbing Resource

Inspiration & Motivation
to Fuel Your Run

Next Generation Mountain
Bike Trail Maps

Backcountry, Sidecountry
& Secret Stashes

Better Data. Better Tools.
Better Hikes!