2 - Bear Canyon Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: Friction Rock, as seen from Chimney Rock.
This area covers climbs located from Kessler's Corner (milepost 8.7) up to Rollinstone
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.
Weather station 3.2 miles from here
272 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',56],['2 Stars',131],['1 Star',68],['Bomb',4]
Classic Climbing Routes in 2 - Bear Canyon
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for 2 - Bear Canyon:
Featured Route For 2 - Bear Canyon
Centerpiece 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a AZ
: Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin...
: ... : Chimney Rock
This plum was picked in the late seventies by the prolific Steve Grossman. The route starts in the small dihedral to the right of Stoner's Boner. 20 feet up, it pulls a small roof with a hand crack in it. The top section gets steeper and finishes with good pro and a great steep hand crack that is as good as they come on Mt. Lemmon. Great rock, great line and great gear....[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
Latest Regional Forum Messages
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.