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
263 Total Routes
['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',51],['2 Stars',127],['1 Star',68],['Bomb',4]
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Stoner's Boner 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a AZ
: Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin...
: ... : Chimney Rock
The FFA's of Stoner's Boner and Mistaken Identity to the left, were both done thinking each climb was the other climb, and hence (I'm assuming) the names.Stoner's Boner starts very roughly 50 feet right of George's Buttress at the left side of Chimney Rock. It climbs a parallel crack system in a recess just left of a big block against the base of the cliff. The block is the start of Centerpiece. A short ways up the left crack is a tiny pine tree.Having never done the route before, it was a littl...[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
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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.