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8 - Summit Crags Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 8,500'
Location: 32.4325, -110.796 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

The Summit Crags, as the name implies, are located near the uppermost elevations of Mount Lemmon. They are home to some of the longest and highest quality routes in the Santa Catalinas.

The seasonal raptor nesting closures limit the season here to late summer and autumn. Be particularly aware of afternoon storms and lightning if visiting this area early in the season.


Getting There 

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).

Climbing Season



Weather station 4.3 miles from here

115 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',11],['3 Stars',43],['2 Stars',43],['1 Star',16],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',11],['5.8',9],['5.9',13],['5.10',27],['5.11',33],['5.12',15],['5.13',6],['>=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]

Classic Climbing Routes in 8 - Summit Crags

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for 8 - Summit Crags:
Standard Route   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 4 pitches, 450'   Rappel Rock
Black Quacker   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 450'   Rappel Rock
Bender-Axen   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Rappel Rock
Steel Crazy   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 4 pitches, 450'   The Fortress : Southeast Face
Fort Stress   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 4 pitches, 400'   The Fortress : Southeast Face
Chiboni   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Rappel Rock
El Curvo   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 130'   The Ravens
Helm's Deep   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   Rappel Rock
Voodoo Child   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Rappel Rock
Sir Clipalot   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 3 pitches, 240'   The Fortress : Southeast Face
Rotissima Bueno   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 1 pitch   Rappel Rock
Swing Set   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 140'   The Ravens
Raven Maniac   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 140'   The Ravens
Hard Day at The Orifice   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   The Fortress : Orifice Wall
Orifice Politics   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 105'   The Fortress : Orifice Wall
Eureka   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 75'   The Fortress : Orifice Wall
Heel-A Monster   5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c     Sport, 100'   The Fortress : Orifice Wall
Coup de' tat   5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c     Sport, 100'   The Fortress : Orifice Wall
In Search of Silence   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 120'   The Fortress : Orifice Wall
Granite of the Apes   5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c     Sport, 90'   The Fortress : Orifice Wall
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Featured Route For 8 - Summit Crags
Rock Climbing Photo: Vince working out the low crux in '08

Coup de' tat 5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c  AZ : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : ... : Orifice Wall
Bolted in 2001 and worked on by a number of people Vince finally worked out the cruxes. This route goes on and on. Despite the knee bars that allow numerous rests you are working the whole time. Two cruxes, one low and the very sequential and harder high crux lead to forty feet of less overhanging 5.11 to finish the route....[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

Photos of 8 - Summit Crags Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: smiles all around
smiles all around
Rock Climbing Photo: The summit crags, from left to right: Rappel Rock,...
The summit crags, from left to right: Rappel Rock,...
Rock Climbing Photo: The end of summer.
The end of summer.
Rock Climbing Photo: Toofast enjoying a bit of winter near the summit
Toofast enjoying a bit of winter near the summit

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By Darryl Styles
Mar 3, 2016
CONDITION REPORT 
Climbed up there yesterday at Avalon Crag (which is in Squeezing the Lemmon 3) and was good fun. The trail down the right hand gully behind Rappel Rock is hard to follow due to trail changes after the snow melt. No snow to worry about on this south facing Crag. These crags close in a weeks time so get on em soon!
The hike in is longer by about a 1.5miles due to having to walk in from the ski hill.
Great time thanks for the development all involved.
By Jimbo
Jun 13, 2012
+1 Andy. Lots and lots of other crags on the Lemmon. Be patient everyone.

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