Pontatoc Ridge Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: SFTS in black. KRGTV in green. Raps red.
Secluded NW facing cliff. You can actually see most of the wall from the parking area.
Park at the end of Alvernon Way at the Finger Rock trailhead. Almost immediately take the right fork for the Pontatoc trail. After about a mile the trail forks again at a switchback take the left fork for Pontatoc Canyon, (the right fork eventually leads up the ridge to the climb's summit.) When the trail drops back into the canyon for a crossing, leave the trail and hike up the drainage until you can access the base of the climb. Look for the huge left facing corner with trees in it. Allow at least an hour. (**Note the triangular-capped roof on the upper section (P. 5 of KRGTV) and the orange corner just below the tree on the lower section (P. 3 of KRGTV) for rap stations.)
The slope between the drainage and the base of the wall is a steep, loose, gnarly bushwhack.
Climbing Season For the Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalina Mountains) area.
Weather station 4.4 miles from here
2 Total Climbing Routes
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Featured Route For Pontatoc Ridge
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Start about 80' to the left of "Shelter From the Storm's" giant left-facing corner. You should be able to see 2 bolts on the first pitch. If you plan well you can avoid rope drag (double ropes work great.)1. Climb a short wide crack, up past 2 bolts, then diagonal left along crack to small ledge. Up past another bolt to a right diagonalling ramp and climb the right side of a steep, short corner with a bolt at the top. Up and slightly right on blocky ledge, ramping back left to a 2 bolt anchor at...[more] Browse More Classics in AZ