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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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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

102 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',13],['3 Stars',38],['2 Stars',39],['1 Star',11],['Bomb',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   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 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
Voodoo Child   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Rappel Rock
Helm's Deep   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   Rappel Rock
Sir Clipalot   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 3 pitches, 240'   The Fortress : Southeast Face
Swing Set   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 140'   The Ravens
Baradur   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   Rappel Rock
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   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Sport, 105'   The Fortress : Orifice Wall
Heel-A Monster   5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c     Sport, 100'   The Fortress : Orifice Wall
Eureka   5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c     Sport, 75'   The Fortress : Orifice Wall
In Search of Silence   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 120'   The Fortress : Orifice Wall
Coup de' tat   5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c     Sport, 100'   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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Rock Climbing Photo: Sara Hayes on the upper section of MoMo Buttress.

MoMo Buttress 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a  AZ : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : ... : The Ravens
10 feet of 5.6 bouldering gets you to the belay ledge. A little funky at the bottom getting to the first bolt. About 20 feet of traversing right leads to some fantastic airy face climbing....[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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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 Andy Bennett
From: Tucson, AZ
Jun 11, 2012
Still CLOSED March 15-June 31. Climbing during the closure has the potential to hurt us all, please don't be a jackass. The Steep, Reef, Raycreation Area, South Park and others are good hot-weather alternatives during the closure.
By Jimbo
Jun 13, 2012
+1 Andy. Lots and lots of other crags on the Lemmon. Be patient everyone.

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