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Description 

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.


3 Total Routes


['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',1],['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]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Hitchcock Pinnacle:
North Face   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   
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Featured Route For Hitchcock Pinnacle

East Face 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 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

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Gotta love the tucson sunsets. pic by chelsea
Gotta love the tucson sunsets. pic by chelsea
Guess this is why it's called windy point.
Guess this is why it's called windy point.
Flag on the 4th
Flag on the 4th
power to the people!
power to the people!
Derek Anderson catching the sunset before some night climbing.
Derek Anderson catching the sunset before some nig...
Wynne does Tree Pose atop Hichcock Pinnacle
Wynne does Tree Pose atop Hichcock Pinnacle
rappin in the sunset Photo by Mark Cox
rappin in the sunset Photo by Mark Cox
Hitchcock
Hitchcock
Angie heel-hooking on the East Face. Jan 09.
Angie heel-hooking on the East Face. Jan 09.
Clancy teeing off!
Clancy teeing off!
Rocking the devil horns atop Hitchcock.
Rocking the devil horns atop Hitchcock.
Hitchcock from Northwest, shows both north side 5.7 and west side 5.8+
BETA PHOTO: Hitchcock from Northwest, shows both north side 5....
Mount Lemmon is a dangerous place!
Mount Lemmon is a dangerous place!
Sunny day at Hitchcock.
Sunny day at Hitchcock.
Bringin in the New Year the right way.
Bringin in the New Year the right way.
Broken ankle thanks to Hitchcock (or sloppy rappel... One of the two!)
Broken ankle thanks to Hitchcock (or sloppy rappel...
on top of Hitchcock Pinnacle
on top of Hitchcock Pinnacle
Climbing the north-facing side.
Climbing the north-facing side.
Shadow of Hitchcock Pinnacle on the top
Shadow of Hitchcock Pinnacle on the top
required pose on the top of the spire....
required pose on the top of the spire....
AH and RD mounting the flag on the 4th.
AH and RD mounting the flag on the 4th.
Heather on top.
Heather on top.
The view from atop Hitchcock Pillar in late March, 2013.
The view from atop Hitchcock Pillar in late March,...
Few days after getting two screws in her ankle from bouldering...!
Few days after getting two screws in her ankle fro...
Me atop the Pinnacle on Christmas 2013. Lots of people around stop and watch climbers on this route. Makes for an entertaining climb! Very fun route but tricky pro (for me at least)!
Me atop the Pinnacle on Christmas 2013. Lots of pe...
livin
livin
on top of Hitchcock Pinnacle
on top of Hitchcock Pinnacle
Hitchcock at sunset
Hitchcock at sunset
Evening rap
Evening rap
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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 GregC
Feb 20, 2013

Honestly, on the 5.7 there is no place for pro between the first and second bolt. Don't fall.