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Alamo Canyon Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 4,000'
Location: 32.41756, -110.92421 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

Alamo Canyon is home to some of the most spectacular rock formations on the north side of the Santa Catalinas, and provides a rugged backcountry experience to those willing to endure the long approach. Leviathin Dome, rising over 1000' from the base, is Alamo Canyon's crown jewel.

Getting There 

From Bob Kerry's Backcountry Rockclimbing in Southern Arizona:

Drive to Catalina State Park on Oracle Rd. (AZ 77) in Oro Valley. Pay the entrance fee and drive to the parking lot at the road's end. From the trail head, follow the sign for "birding loop" and then go left. After the "stairs", a dirt road intersects the loop at a bench. Take the dirt road, which turns into a horse trail, then into a sandy wash, and then back into a horse trail. This takes you to the mouth of Alamo Canyon.

Don't drop into the Canyon here, because it's very brushy. Instead follow the vague trail as it continues along the left side of the drainage. Eventually it peters out, but there are cairns and open spots for a ways which help you stay out of the canyon bottom. Drop into the canyon bottom when it becomes too much trouble to cross the intersecting washes on the side (about 1/4 mile). Follow the stream and then go straight uphill when you are just below the dome. Allow 2-3 hours.

Climbing Season

For the Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalina Mountains) area.

Weather station 0.3 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Alamo Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Alamo Canyon:
User Friendly   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Trad, 6 pitches, 950'   Leviathan Dome
North Face   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R     Trad, 10 pitches, 1000'   Leviathan Dome
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Featured Route For Alamo Canyon
Rock Climbing Photo: "Solitude" as we climbed it.

Solitude 5.10 A.2 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b C1  AZ : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : ... : Solitude Dome
This probably isn't the exact way the FA was done, but it definitely works and gets you into the sweet 250' crack leading to the final bulge. I think the "Free For All Variation" in Kerry's Book was also an attempt to climb the original line.1. About 130’ up is a short, right-leaning, right-facing corner with a blocky, horizontal, quartz band at the base. Climb cracks to base of corner. Step left a few feet and belay on small led...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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