Paradox Rock Rock Climbing
Clayton Josephy belays for Robby McGraw on a route...
Paradox Rock is a great crag for 5.8-5.11 leaders looking to fill a day. There is a variety of climbing, from slabby faces, to cracks, to spectacular overhangs, all on high quality rock. Climbs are a mix of sport and gear. Views are great, access is easy, and the rock generally doesn't get much traffic.
The rock faces SSE at the head of Bear Canyon, meaning it gets lots of sun and can be warm even on winter days.
Park on the wide shoulder 12.8 miles up the Catalina Highway. This is just past the hairpin turn at the head of Bear Canyon at a spot where a drainage passes under the road. Head up the steep stone sluiceway and turn right at its top. From here follow the trail with occasional small cairns to the base of the crag. Approach is 10-15 minutes.
Weather station 3.2 miles from here
7 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Paradox Rock
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Paradox Rock:
Quandry 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Featured Route For Paradox Rock
Afternoon Delight 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
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Afternoon Delight lies on the upper half of Paradox Rock, just beyond the very large roof 40 ft off the ground. The route follows the gently curving crack between the two bolted lines Paradox Lost (5.8+) and The Reuben Hair Shift (5.8+). The curving crack offers 40 feet of easily protectable climbing, before it peters out to nothing, leaving a long section of runout face. The climbing here is very easy, but there is potential for a big (possibly ground) fall. Above the face, the climb hits...[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
Peering out from behind Rock of No Name at Paradox...
The beginning of the sunset view from Paradox Rock...
BETA PHOTO: This parking area is just uphill from the sluicewa...