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Two Birds Too Stoned S 
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The Steep 

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Elevation: 7,500'
Location: 32.41932, -110.75528 View Map  Incorrect?
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Pete sending 'Cres-sent' 5.12


This Tony Lusk discovery is one of the best small sport crags on the mountain - has lots of stars and very few.....lemmons.

A rarity on Mt. Lemmon because its summit is reachable only by technical means. You can solo after the Two Birds anchor or do a 2nd sparsely-protected pitch of Spiderman to get to the top.

Getting There 

To locate on topo map, look about 1.5 mi south of Summerhaven, and about 1000 ft west of the upper Sabino gaging station. Approach via Aspen Trail.

21 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',13],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Steep:
Two Birds Too Stoned   5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b     Sport   
Stone Free   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Sport, 50'   
Mini-me   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Sport, 50'   
Unknown   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Sport   
Green Monster/George of the Jungle Var.   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c     Sport, 65'   
Spiderman   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c     Sport, 70'   
Stepping Into Blue Sky   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Sport, 2 pitches, 90'   
Slappin the Johnson   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 50'   
Ten Years After   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Glenn's Route   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
Tony's Route AKA Cres-sent   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ E6 6b     Sport, 50'   
Dr. Evil   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Delt Melt   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ E6 6b     Sport, 50'   
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Dylan on "Dr. Sky", a combination of Dr. Evil and Blue Sky.  Photo taken when he was at the beginning of the Blue Sky portion of the route.

Stepping Into Blue Sky 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a  AZ : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : ... : The Steep
This Tony Lusk project is one of the best and steepest 5.11s on the mountain. Tricky, burly, sustained. This route can be done 2 ways...1) Original start is down on the corner and leads up to SE face at about 11b.Eases off after the 4th bolt. Clip one more and go around the corner to a surprisingly comfy belay stance. 2nd pitch traverses left a bit more, then heads up the spectacular, forearm-testing, overhanging arete for 45 more feet to anchor. Seems 11c done this way. This is my preferred...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

Photos of The Steep Slideshow Add Photo
Marty's super sweet attempt to go for a hold on Cres-sent, 5.12
Marty's super sweet attempt to go for a hold on Cr...
Picture of The Steep and Not So Steep taken from across Upper Sabino Canyon.
BETA PHOTO: Picture of The Steep and Not So Steep taken from a...
something on The Steep
something on The Steep
The opening from the "Jungle" an awesome approach.
The opening from the "Jungle" an awesome approach.
Miles Kunkel and Meryl Singer (strongest husband/wife team ever in AZ ?) along with Joe Shiefman and a dark-haired Tony Lusk.  Late 90s.
Miles Kunkel and Meryl Singer (strongest husband/w...
Head south from here...
Head south from here...
This is why they call it The Steep. Nancy cranking 5.11.
This is why they call it The Steep. Nancy cranking...
Kent Bruner and Steve Johnson back when the crag was being developed in 1999. <br />Cres down the hill.
Kent Bruner and Steve Johnson back when the crag w...
Scenic hike.  Now with bench.
Scenic hike. Now with bench.
Start of the Aspen Trail. Don't let the guy cleaning the bathroom point you out to the trail.  He will sent you to Sunset trail. :)
BETA PHOTO: Start of the Aspen Trail. Don't let the guy cleani...
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By 1Eric Rhicard
Jun 26, 2006

This place is great! I have yet to climb anything I didn't think was worth doing. The only problem is that many of the anchors are placed in a location that causes them to run over some edges. Some do not have chains so you will want to bring some one inch webbing to replace what is there. Or better yet bring some quick links and some chains two or three sets ought to do it.

By Christian
From: Casa do Cacete
Dec 21, 2006

There's also some fun moderate climbs there and it's a great place for some variety i.e. for climbing some 10s with a lot of overhanging but juggy sections.

There's a couple of 5.8s down and around the corner to the right that can be used to warm up for the three 10s. Haven't tried the 11As yet but they look pretty stiff..

To get to the Steep, leave the main trail near the top of the hill where it makes a sharp right turn and immediately look for a cairn on a chopped tree up and to the left...

By GRupp
Jul 19, 2007

thx JB

By 1Eric Rhicard
Jul 11, 2008

Hey Jbak, in light of the recent development of the Helmet and the fact that the Orifice Wall has been around for a while I think it might of been Vince who suggested that the steep be renamed The Not So Steep. What do you think of Vince's idea if it was his at all? Should we start a forum? :):):) How do you like them smiles Braxton? This old dog may be slow but I can still learn.

By jbak
Jul 11, 2008

I haven't been authorized to discuss this topic.

By jbak
Jul 31, 2008

I think there have been more people at the Steep already this summer than in the previous 10 years COMBINED.

By Myk
From: tucson, az
Jun 22, 2009

Anybody have any GPS cords for the Steep?

By Hendrixson
From: Tucson, AZ
May 29, 2010

A tree toppled and is currently resting near the anchors of Delt Melt.

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Numerous other fallen trees are obscuring the approach path. Kane and I removed the smaller ones and added additional cairns.

By Jimbo
May 30, 2010

Awesome, now I can finally get to the anchors on Delt melt. The tree can't be harder than 5.10!!

By RyanJohnson
From: Tucson, Arizona
Jul 16, 2010

While the tree is still against the rock it is no longer a pain getting to the anchors on Delt Melt or Cres-sent. At least not since I put on my arborist hat.

By gtorres
Aug 8, 2011

32.427599, -110.755441
is the start of the Alpine trail for those who have never been there. Cairns are a ways up the trail on the left side and you can kinda make out a trail starting to the left where the cairns are. The tree stump bench is about halfway between the first cairn and the start of the Alpine trail.

By Chris Prewitt
Aug 8, 2011

Gtorres, I believe you mean Aspen Trail.

By Wally
From: Denver
May 13, 2013

For the first time visitor, this place was tough to find. To get to The Steep, first drive to Summerhaven, and then continue on the road past Summerhaven (as noted above, generally in a southern direction) 1.0 miles to the end of the road, noted as Marshall Gulch. The Aspen trail trail begins at Marshall Gulch.

As noted above, the climbers trail is pretty obvious, on the left, just after the Aspen trail makes a sharp right turn. Perhaps 15 minutes of hiking on the Aspen trail, and then an additional 10 minutes of hiking on the climbers trail.

Cool area - thanks for the obvious development efforts. Wally