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Chimney Rock

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8th and Main T 
Amanecer S 
Another Roadside Attraction T 
Boardwalk T 
Centerpiece T 
Coherent Excitation T 
Copperhead 5 T 
Crows Nest T 
Electric Aunt Jemimah in Heat T 
FIUTT 
George's Buttress T,TR 
Georges Peach T,S 
Jungle Gym T 
Mistaken Identity T 
New Year's Eve T 
Perfect Peter T 
Shriveled Penis T 
Single Lens Reflex T 
Standard Route T 
Stonedmasters T 
Stoner's Boner T 
Straight Arrow T 
Stripper T 
Tomorrow is Today S 
Unstrung Harp T 
Venus' Flytrap And Environs T,TR 
Venus' Flytrap And Environs. T,S,TR 
Veranda T 
Yardarm variation to Crows Nest T 

Chimney Rock  


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Location: 32.3682, 110.70455 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

Chimney Rock is a large, freestanding formation on the west side of the Catalina Highway near mp 11. Proximity to the highway, and a variety of climbing, have made Chimney Rock a popular crag for many years.

The Standard Route (5.7+) is a fun traditional climb that meanders for five short pitches up the broad east face of Chimney Rock. Moderate climbing and comfortable belays make this a great route to learn about multi-pitch climbing.

The southern portion of the east face also hosts a number of harder routes, many of superb quality. On the back (west) side of Chimney Rock are a couple of very hard sport routes. These can be inspected by rapping off the top of Chimney Rock where Standard Route finishes.

Getting There 

Driving up the Catalina Highway, go past Chimney Rock and park in a large pullout on the right just past mp 11. Highway construction has destroyed the old access point, so you have two options.

Direct option: From pullout, walk down-highway about a quarter mile until you are directly below the east face of Chimney Rock. (Be careful walking as there is not much shoulder here).Just below Chimney Rock, there is a break in the cliff where you can fourth-class up about 15 feet to access the rock. This is what remains of the old access. Be careful not to fall into the roadway or kick rocks down onto passing cars.

Safe option: From pullout, walk across the highway to a large culvert. Scramble up slope just right of this culvert to gain the upper ledge. Bushwack south 1/4 mile, paralleling the highway until you reach Chimney Rock.

Climbing Season



Weather station 19.7 miles from here

29 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',13],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',3],['5.8',2],['5.9',7],['5.10',9],['5.11',6],['5.12',2],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Chimney Rock:
George's Buttress   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   
Standard Route   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 5 pitches, 200'   
FIUTT   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     , 2 pitches, 200'   
Mistaken Identity   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Stoner's Boner   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   
Centerpiece   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Copperhead 5   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch   
Stripper   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 3 pitches   
Crows Nest   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 220'   
Single Lens Reflex   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   
Jungle Gym   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Straight Arrow   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
Shriveled Penis   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 2 pitches, 210'   
Tomorrow is Today   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
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Featured Route For Chimney Rock
Photo by Paul Crowder

Single Lens Reflex 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b  AZ : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : ... : Chimney Rock
Wild route! Sustained. Walking right from George's Buttress you pass Mistaken Identity, Stoner's Boner, and then a large rectangular block against the base. Centerpiece climbs the obvious vertical crack system that starts from the right side of this block. A little further is a prominent left facing left leaning corner that starts a ways off the ground. The standard start goes up right then underclingd left and then traverses further left to reach the base of the corner. This is a bit runout, bu...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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Chimney Rock, March 2003, the day after a rather h...
Chimney Rock, March 2003, the day after a rather h...
8th and Main...?
8th and Main...?
Second pitch after the nice OW.
Second pitch after the nice OW.
Park after the pullout parking sign. I was a fool ...
Park after the pullout parking sign. I was a fool ...

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By randy baum
From: Minneapolis, MN
Oct 26, 2008
best single-pitch traditional climbing crag on mt. lemmon.

one negative: be wary of chopped anchors.
By TBD
Nov 25, 2008
I strongly suggest NOT taking the "safe option" approach. We had a dog with us and decided to approach that way. It was ridiculously unpleasant. My 2 cents, if you can't manage the short scramble, find somewhere else to climb. Great routes though.
By tbrain
Mar 31, 2009
Found baseball cap at the base of the routes on Chimney Rock evening of 30 Mar 09. PM me to collect. Thanks! -Tiffany Brainerd
By Adam Block
From: Tucson, AZ
May 2, 2010
From the picture, it looks like it may be pitch four.
By CALEB ANDERSON
May 2, 2010
Great area on Lemmon for all trad routes and great views like most of Lemmon, however be so kind to watch for loose rock and big blocks for your belayer, and passing traffic on the road below.
By Tim Arnold
Apr 11, 2011
If it helps anyone, the location of Chimney Rock is at this approximate latitude and longitude: 32.36865600 N,110.70476300 W
By Jimbo
Apr 12, 2011
Thanks for posting that. I've been trying to find Chimney Rock for 15 years. Now I finally can.
By GregC
Feb 20, 2013
Even with the GPS this was a mess. Finally found the wall but pictures from our book were useless. We climbed some route which took a #4 had a boulder slung as the first mini pitch then went up to a bolted anchor which then continued to some steep sport route. If anyone knows if that is even a route and if so what name is appreciate it.
By Alex McIntyre
From: Tucson, AZ
Feb 21, 2013
GregC- you did 8th & Main into Icarus (the 5.11 sport route up the overhanging arete of the pillar).