8 - Summit Crags Rock Climbing
Toofast enjoying a bit of winter near the summit
The Summit Crags, as the name implies, are located near the uppermost elevations of Mount Lemmon. They are home to some of the longest and highest quality routes in the Santa Catalinas.
The seasonal raptor nesting closures limit the season here to late summer and autumn. Be particularly aware of afternoon storms and lightning if visiting this area early in the season.
Driving up the Catalina Highway, turn right on the road to the ski valley. Continue past the ski valley, through a gate, and down a rough paved road. Drive to the gravel parking lot on the left just before the observatory. Park here and continue on foot, up the road, following the 'trail' sign. (Stay left when you see the sign at the observatory).
Weather station 4.3 miles from here
115 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',11],['3 Stars',43],['2 Stars',43],['1 Star',16],['Bomb',0]
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Orifice Politics 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b AZ
: Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin...
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This is a line I have looked at since 1996. The first forty feet had been started by Mark Hathaway so I stayed off of it. In 2001 I bolted a hard variation finish in an effort not to ruffle Marks feathers but still allow me to climb this face. Mark worked it some in 2001 but as far as I know that was it. This year Vince called and asked if he could work the route which was pretty nice since almost no work that I know of has been done on it in years. Mark said yes and so Vince and I started ...[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
The summit crags, from left to right: Rappel Rock,...
By Darryl Styles
Mar 3, 2016
Climbed up there yesterday at Avalon Crag (which is in Squeezing the Lemmon 3) and was good fun. The trail down the right hand gully behind Rappel Rock is hard to follow due to trail changes after the snow melt. No snow to worry about on this south facing Crag. These crags close in a weeks time so get on em soon!
The hike in is longer by about a 1.5miles due to having to walk in from the ski hill.
Great time thanks for the development all involved.
Jun 13, 2012
+1 Andy. Lots and lots of other crags on the Lemmon. Be patient everyone.