Tucson from 9,000 ft.
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
92 Total Routes
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Orifice Politics 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b AZ
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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
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The summit crags, from left to right: Rappel Rock,...
Toofast enjoying a bit of winter near the summit
By Andy Bennett
From: Tucson, AZ
Jun 11, 2012
Still CLOSED March 15-June 31. Climbing during the closure has the potential to hurt us all, please don't be a jackass. The Steep, Reef, Raycreation Area, South Park and others are good hot-weather alternatives during the closure.
Jun 13, 2012
+1 Andy. Lots and lots of other crags on the Lemmon. Be patient everyone.