Sky Valley is one of the mid-mountain crags and is great for a warmer day area. When there are waiting lines and everyone's dog hanging out at Ridgeline you can go here and get on some quality climbs without the feel of being at the gym. This area consists of two crags and the climbing varies from slab to vertical to slightly overhanging. Many climbs are shaded for most of the day as one crag is surrounded by large pines and the other's climbs are in a little grotto.All of the routes here are sport so all you need is a rope and a rack of draws and you are set. Recommended climbs include: Exposure in the Making 5.8, Hunger for the Time 5.9+, Thunderbolts 5.11a, Driller on the Loose 5.11c/d, and Serial Driller 5.12b.
Driving up Catalina Highway you will park at San Pedro Vista at mile marker 17.8. Hike along the right side of the road until you pass two culverts (not grated drains). At the second culvert you will notice a small wash. Follow a semi-cairned trail to the ridge. Along the way you should pass a large slab, hiking to the ridge on it's left. At the ridge you will see two crags, one to your right and one to your left along with a beautiful view of the San Pedro Valley. Hiking left along the ridge will bring you to twp 5.10s that share an anchor (Sky Diamond and The Fire Inside). The rest of the climbs descend down and around the face of this crag. Hiking right you will find a 5th class descent gully between two pinnacles on the right crag. Descend here vias 5th class down climb or rappel. You may also hike down and around on the left side, but not the right. Once in the grotto Driller on the Loose is easily identifiable as it is the orange overhanging face. All climbs for this area are listed in Eric Fazio-Rhicard's Squeezing the Lemmon II.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Sky Valley:
Exposure in the Making 5.8- Sport, 1 pitch, 60 feet
Hunger For The Time 5.9+ Sport, 1 pitch, 85 feet
Chain Lightning 5.10a Sport, 1 pitch, 90 feet
Sky Diamond 5.10 Sport
Thunderbolts 5.11a Sport, 1 pitch, 70 feet
Double Play 5.11a/b Sport, 1 pitch, 60 feet
Driller on the Loose 5.11c/d Sport, 1 pitch, 80 feet
Serial Driller 5.12b Sport, 1 pitch, 65 feet
Featured Route For Sky Valley
Driller on the Loose 5.11c/d AZ : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : ... : Sky Valley
Striking orange face climbing. Large holds and big moves down low lead to crux layback moves slightly above halfway. Slabs out slighly at the top and keep your attention all the way to the chains. ...[more] Browse More Classics in AZ