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Hairpin Turn Area  

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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.

Caution should be used as a number of the routes are mixed, meaning traditional gear is required in addition to quickdraws. Since the rock quality is poor, climbers should move with awareness and helmets are recommended for belayers. One should also be cognizant of bee activity. There is a known hive near either the Forehand Wall or the Left Hand Wall and there has been a serious attack.

The breakdown of the area is as follows:

  • Forehand Wall: The first wall on the left. Three sport routes, two of which have a second pitch. This wall faces east and receives sun until mid-afternoon.
  • Left Hand Wall: The second wall on the left. Sport, mixed, and traditional lines. This wall faces east and receives sun until mid-afternoon.
  • Backhand Wall: The third wall on the left. This wall, which is around the corner, boasts eight sport lines. Since this wall is north facing it sees little to no sun.
  • Tweener Wall The forth and last wall on the left. There are presently four routes, one of which requires gear. This wall faces south.
  • Right Hand wall & Hairpin: The impressive hairpin-like tower and the wall immediately to the right. These routes are less traveled due to the harder grades and longer approach. That said Rosie is likely the area's best line.

Additional nearby climbing options, which all use the same parking pullout:

Getting There 

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.

Approaches range from 10-25 minutes.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.0 miles from here

35 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',19],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',2]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Hairpin Turn Area:
G-1   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 55'   Tweener Wall
Guanica   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 2 pitches, 140'   Left Hand Wall
Unknown (Right of The Party's Over)   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Left Hand Wall
Big Bull   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 90'   Backhand Wall
Family Affair   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   Backhand Wall
Bosch it   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Backhand Wall
Triangulate   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Backhand Wall
GAC Rulz   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Backhand Wall
Rosie   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Right Hand Wall & Hairpin
Unknown   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   Right Hand Wall & Hairpin
Grid Iron   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Backhand Wall
Moms Rock   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 90'   Backhand Wall
Grid Locked   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Backhand Wall
OH Crack   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch   Right Hand Wall & Hairpin
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Rosie 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 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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