Rappel Rock Rock Climbing
Rappel Rock from the Orifice Wall after a storm.
Rappel Rock is located near the summit of Mt Lemmon at an elevation of over 9000 feet. Like the other summit crags, Rap Rock offers cool temps and spectacular views of Tucson to the south.
There are a number of high quality routes, including some of the longest moderate routes on the mountain.
Driving up the Catalina Highway, turn right on the road to the ski valley. Continue past the ski valley, through a gate, and down a rough paved road. Drive to the gravel parking lot on the left just before the observatory. Park here and continue on foot, up the road, following the 'trail' sign. (Stay left when you see the sign at the observatory).
Ten minutes will bring you to a metal shed on the right hand side of the road. There is a spring here on the left...its probably safe, but drink at your own risk.
Continue past this shed for another hundred yards until you see a trail lead off left, downhill toward the crags. There is a large boulder in this area just below the trail. A few minutes on this trail will put you down in plain view of Rap Rock. Follow the trail down and around the west (right) end of two smaller formations. You will be deposited at the back side of Rap Rock.
Many parties rack up here to avoid hiking back down for gear after summiting. Its also a good idea to scramble up and check out the descent.
To find the climbs, follow vague, steep trail down and around east end of Rappel Rock.
Climbing Season For the 8 - Summit Crags area.
Weather station 4.2 miles from here
17 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Rappel Rock
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Rappel Rock:
Charadras 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 120'
The Corner 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
PG13 Trad, 1 pitch
Quick Death 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 120'
Chiboni 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Voodoo Child 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Helm's Deep 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad, 3 pitches, 400'
Lude 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, 100'
Baradur 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad, 4 pitches, 400'
Featured Route For Rappel Rock
Baradur 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a AZ
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A number of us locals were competing for the FA of this line in the late 70s, a right-facing, right-leaning corner that just disappeared into an apparently blank face. Until Steves lead in 1979, those of us who tried it didnt even make it to the end of the crack. Some of us called it the Crack of No Return, which doesnt make sense now, but seemed to then something to do with what appeared to be oblivion waiting at cracks end. Steve didnt have an easy time of it, though, taking s...[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
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Rappel Rock from Orifice Wall
Here ya go...Took this Saturday Sep.18th 2010...On...
Aaron M. at the top of Rap Rock. September 2007
Me on the summit of Rappel Rock after climbing the...
The infamous tree belay at the first ledge.
The notch in the Obituary Column with a two bolt a...
Finishing the third pitch of Black Quacker. photo...
Dawn approaching Rap rock. February 2010
BETA PHOTO: Rappel Rock aerial view
By Anonymous Coward
Apr 12, 2004
We did this route back in 2002.
We started on the 5.9+ at the bottom for the first pitch and then did the 5.7 variation to finish out.
The hanging belay was a bit uncomfortable as I had to wait for a long while due to some rope management issues.
The chicken head pitch was fun.
Overall, the views from this route are incredible.
From: Casa do Cacete
Jul 10, 2006
What's the belay situation at the tree ledge where the first pitch of most of these climbs ends up?
Is there just one tree or other belays to be had i.e. can more than one party belay on this ledge at the same time?
By 1Eric Rhicard
Jul 10, 2006
More than enough anchors and room for more than one party Christian.
By Jerry Cagle
From: Tucson, AZ
Jul 20, 2012
Does anyone ever actually rappel Rappel Rock...?
From: Tucson, AZ
Oct 15, 2012
Nice!! How were the temperatures?