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',13],['3 Stars',38],['2 Stars',39],['1 Star',11],['Bomb',0]
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Granite of the Apes 5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c AZ
: Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin...
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Yet another pearl of the Orifice Wall, crazy steep, beta intensive and ridiculously fun.Three distinct hard sections lead to the anchors. The climbing is sustained, so it is key to learn how to use and milk the few rests. The ride is not over until is over.During rainy season, water seeping from the chimney at the top of A Hard Day in the Orifice wets some key holds in the middle section, making the red point quite elusive....[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 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.
Jun 13, 2012
+1 Andy. Lots and lots of other crags on the Lemmon. Be patient everyone.