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The Hairpin Turn Area is a popular moderate sport and mixed climbing venue due to easy access both in terms of drive time and approach. Located at almost the same elevation as Tucson and with a variety of aspects one can comfortably climb here three seasons: late fall, winter, and early spring.
Additional nearby climbing options, which all use the same parking pullout:
To reach the Hairpin Turn Area use the parking pullout at mile marker 0.5. This parking pullout is prior to a sharp hairpin turn in the road, before the highway gains elevation, and next to the Coronado National Forest sign. The cliffs comprising the area are essentially the first encountered. Cross the road and hike up the wash through the boulder field. From front to back the following walls will be on your left: Forehand, Left Hand, Backhand, and Tweener. To the right is the Right Hand Wall & Hairpin Rock and the Becquening Wall.
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Rosie 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b AZ : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : ... : Right Hand Wall & Hairpin
This route is actually on Righthand Wall directly across from Hairpin. Approach via the West and North of Hairpin Rock and enter the alley through a small chimney. This is the first line on Righthand Wall. High-quality steep face climbing on nice rock. ...[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
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