8 - Summit Crags Rock Climbing
Tucson from 9,000 ft.
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.
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).
Weather station 4.3 miles from here
102 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',12],['3 Stars',39],['2 Stars',39],['1 Star',11],['Bomb',0]
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for 8 - Summit Crags:
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Fort Stress 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a AZ
: Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin...
: ... : Southeast Face
This route is long, fun, reasonably safe, high, sustained and exposed. It's one of the best on the mountain with super solid rock...go climb it!As you're hiking down to the base of The Fortress, you'll pass a narrow slot between a large boulder and the main wall with a large pine tree and ledge on the other side. Slipping through here will deposit you at the start of the route's second pitch, otherwise, continue hiking down another 100' or so to the actual start.P1: 80ft. 5.9 Follow the bolts ov...[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
The summit crags, from left to right: Rappel Rock,...
Toofast enjoying a bit of winter near the summit
By Darryl Styles
Mar 3, 2016
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.
Jun 13, 2012
+1 Andy. Lots and lots of other crags on the Lemmon. Be patient everyone.