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2 - Bear Canyon  

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Elevation: 5,000'
Location: 32.37349, -110.69243 View Map  Incorrect?
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BETA PHOTO: Friction Rock, as seen from Chimney Rock.


This area covers climbs located from Kessler's Corner (milepost 8.7) up to Rollinstone
(milepost 13.3).

Bear Canyon, due to it's exposure, provides a shady setting among ponderosa pine surprisingly low on the mountain. A number of quality crags are found here including Chimney Rock, which hosts some uber-classic trad pitches, and Friction Rock, home to one of the Catalinas perennial ice climbs, The Stain.

Camping and restrooms are available here as well.

Getting There 

Catalina Highway

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.2 miles from here

263 Total Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',55],['2 Stars',127],['1 Star',64],['Bomb',4]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for 2 - Bear Canyon:
George's Buttress   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   Chimney Rock
Standard Route   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 5 pitches, 200'   Chimney Rock
Puppy Chow   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Lost Hawk
Yurt Monkey   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Green Slabs Area : Green Slabs (South Face)
Mistaken Identity   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Chimney Rock
FIUTT   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     , 2 pitches, 200'   Chimney Rock
Stoner's Boner   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Chimney Rock
Chihuahua Power   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Lost Hawk
Trick or Treat   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 120'   Hearthstone
Cripple Creek   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches   Pharaoh
Centerpiece   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Chimney Rock
Nuts and Bolts   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 260'   Chessman Area : 5 - Bishop
Single Lens Reflex   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Chimney Rock
Pitfalls of Hesitation   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 3 pitches   Agave Spires Area : Hawk's Bill Spire
Crows Nest   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 220'   Chimney Rock
Two Kings And A Pawn   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 85'   Chessman Area : 4 - Queen
Malt Liquor Man   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Andy Cook Wall
Rain   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Andy Cook Wall
Randy Cook Lives!   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 80'   Andy Cook Wall
King's Arete   5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Chessman Area : 2 - King
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This is the right most climb on the Andy Cook wall, and is listed as a project in Squeezing the Lemmon 2. Alex and I had heard it was an old Ringle project and was likely in the 5.13 range. I had looked at it before and we finally decided to go check it out. We were blown away that not only was the climbing interesting and very good, but that the route wasn't nearly as difficult as we were expecting. I replaced the jengus old hardware with fresh stainless and we feel that this abandoned route is...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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By steven sadler
From: SLC, UT
Dec 5, 2012
I'm seeing some pictures of a lot of snow in this area. Is it too cold to climb here in December?
By 1Eric Rhicard
Dec 5, 2012
Not until next week. Even then you could climb at Chimney Rock if the sun is out. We are having unseasonably warm temps this year. When it gets cold you might have to climb lower on the mountain as Bear canyon is usually colder than most places on the mountain at that elevation.
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