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Hitchcock Pinnacle

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Hitchcock Pinnacle Rock Climbing 


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Submitted By: James DeRoussel on Oct 18, 2002
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Hitchcock Pinnacle, the North Face (.7) is on the ...

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Hitchcock Pinnacle may be the most recognizable rock on Mt Lemmon. It is located just above the main parking area at Windy Point, making it popular among climbers and tourists alike.

This 40' freestanding column is most commonly climbed by its 5.7 north face, however all three routes ascending the formation are worth doing. Each route has one bolt, so unless you are willing to run it out 20 feet or more, bring some gear. Top rope can be set on all three by means of fixed anchors/chains at the top.

Despite the crowds, these climbs are great fun and incredibly photogenic.

Getting There 

Drive up the Catalina Highway to the main parking area at Windy Point. Park and walk 150 feet to the obvious pinnacle uphill of the parking area.

Climbing Season



Weather station 3.4 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',2],['5.8',1],['5.9',0],['5.10',1],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['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]

Classic Climbing Routes in Hitchcock Pinnacle

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Hitchcock Pinnacle:
North Face Direct "Panic Room"   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   
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East Face 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  AZ : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : ... : Hitchcock Pinnacle
This route is on the east face of hitchcock pinnacle, starting under the obvious roof. I would say it is worth doing for the roof move. If it was closer to the ground, it would be a fun V0/1 bouldering problem. There is one bolt above the roof and a set of chains. This route is easily top roped after climbing the standard route, but rope drag is bad when lowering off. I would recommend topping out and rapping to save your sheath. I heard a rumor that some holds on this route was chipped out by r...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

Photos of Hitchcock Pinnacle Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Gotta love the tucson sunsets. pic by chelsea
Gotta love the tucson sunsets. pic by chelsea
Rock Climbing Photo: Flag on the 4th
Flag on the 4th
Rock Climbing Photo: Guess this is why it's called windy point.
Guess this is why it's called windy point.
Rock Climbing Photo: power to the people!
power to the people!
Rock Climbing Photo: Angie heel-hooking on the East Face. Jan 09.
Angie heel-hooking on the East Face. Jan 09.
Rock Climbing Photo: Shadow of Hitchcock Pinnacle on the top
Shadow of Hitchcock Pinnacle on the top
Rock Climbing Photo: Wynne does Tree Pose atop Hichcock Pinnacle
Wynne does Tree Pose atop Hichcock Pinnacle
Rock Climbing Photo: Hitchcock
Hitchcock
Rock Climbing Photo: Derek Anderson catching the sunset before some nig...
Derek Anderson catching the sunset before some nig...
Rock Climbing Photo: rappin in the sunset Photo by Mark Cox
rappin in the sunset Photo by Mark Cox
Rock Climbing Photo: livin
livin
Rock Climbing Photo: Clancy teeing off!
Clancy teeing off!
Rock Climbing Photo: Rocking the devil horns atop Hitchcock.
Rocking the devil horns atop Hitchcock.
Rock Climbing Photo: Hitchcock from Northwest, shows both north side 5....
BETA PHOTO: Hitchcock from Northwest, shows both north side 5....
Rock Climbing Photo: Hitchcock at sunset
Hitchcock at sunset
Rock Climbing Photo: Evening rap
Evening rap
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing the north-facing side.
Climbing the north-facing side.
Rock Climbing Photo: on top of Hitchcock Pinnacle
on top of Hitchcock Pinnacle
Rock Climbing Photo: Me atop the Pinnacle on Christmas 2013. Lots of pe...
Me atop the Pinnacle on Christmas 2013. Lots of pe...
Rock Climbing Photo: AH and RD mounting the flag on the 4th.
AH and RD mounting the flag on the 4th.
Rock Climbing Photo: The view from atop Hitchcock Pillar in late March,...
The view from atop Hitchcock Pillar in late March,...
Rock Climbing Photo: Broken ankle thanks to Hitchcock (or sloppy rappel...
Broken ankle thanks to Hitchcock (or sloppy rappel...
Rock Climbing Photo: Heather on top.
Heather on top.
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunny day at Hitchcock.
Sunny day at Hitchcock.

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By Anonymous Coward
Nov 14, 2002
Climbed the north route in December 2001, before three bolts were removed. Route could certainly take gear, so bolts were not necessary. You will probably have an audience from all the tourists. Alway fun explaining to them how you got the rope up there (lasso, shot an arrow, rope was already there etc.)
By Jon Ruland
From: Tucson, AZ
Nov 16, 2007
anyone have any pro advice? it looks like the northwest face has the best pro, is this true? any up-to-date information on how many bolts are still on this route?
By RyanJohnson
From: Tucson, Arizona
Nov 16, 2007
When I climbed this last I went up the north face route. I believe I only placed about three pieces, two in the horizontals down low and then one in the very top of the crack that happens to have a bolt right in the middle of said crack. What I did place was on the smaller size.
By Christian
From: Casa do Cacete
Nov 16, 2007
Jon, I'll lend you my Aliens for the 5.7 if I get to dress up like a U of A fratboy and shout: "Killlerrr, Duuuuude!' as you're heading up.

I believe Steve Grossman chopped the extra bolts Ben Burnham put up a few years ago, as explained on in the climbaz.com news section for 2001..("Steve Grossman in town for the holidays")

So now there is one bolt that is actually on the 5.7 and one bolt that actually belongs to the 5.8, but which you could probably clip if you wanted to, as seen in the picture posted under the 5.7 called "clipping the second bolt". Although a longer sling than the one used would probably be better.
By Jon Ruland
From: Tucson, AZ
Nov 16, 2007
thanks d00dz.

and christian you can do that but first you have to pass new member initiation by picking up a cherry with your butt cheeks and dropping it into a glass of beer then drinking it.
By Christian
From: Casa do Cacete
Nov 16, 2007
Hmmm dude you seem to know those frat rituals a little too well :_0
By Luke W.
From: Prescott
Apr 3, 2009
I remember years ago Rock and Ice featured this pinnacle with a group on top barbecuing. I would sure love to see that picture again.
By Andrew Ryder
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Apr 3, 2009
I am 95% sure that photo is in Squeezing The Lemmon.
By enkoopa
Feb 20, 2013
Honestly, on the 5.7 there is no place for pro between the first and second bolt. Don't fall.

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