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7 - Upper Highway 

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The Upper Highway area covers crags and climbs from Palisades Ranger Station (milepost 19.4) on up to the top if the mountain. It includes areas near the summit, but accessed by means other than the Summit Crags.

This section of the mountain will likely be very cold, or under snow, in winter months. Seasonal closures for raptor nesting in some areas further shorten the climbing season here. But when access is open and weather permits, the Upper Mountain offers some of the longest and most committing routes on the mountain.

Upper Highway is not included as a chapter in Squeezing the Lemmon II, but will be consistent with Eric's new guide when it is published.

Getting There 

Catalina Highway

189 Total Routes

['4 Stars',11],['3 Stars',59],['2 Stars',82],['1 Star',34],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for 7 - Upper Highway:
Jackie's Separation Anxiety   5.9- 5c 17 VI HVS 4c     Sport, 45'   Raycreation Area : Upper Wall
X-Ray   5.9- 5c 17 VI HVS 4c     Sport, 40'   Raycreation Area : Upper Wall
Warm and Free   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 250'   Reef of Rocks : Neptune
Raytallyation   5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 40'   Raycreation Area : Upper Wall
Rapture of the Steep   5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches   Reef of Rocks : Neptune
Pocket Protector   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 60'   Mount Bigelow : Trundle Pinnacle
Odyssey   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ E3 5c     Trad, 4 pitches, 500'   Reef of Rocks : Poseidon
Sting Ray, AKA Geirless Warrior   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ E3 5c     Sport, 50'   Raycreation Area : Upper Wall
Spiderman   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c     Sport, 70'   The Steep
Raycreation   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c     Sport, 55'   Raycreation Area : Upper Wall
Stepping Into Blue Sky   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Sport, 2 pitches, 90'   The Steep
Kick in the Nuts   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Sport, 85'   South Park
Venezuelan Mafia    5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a     Sport, 45'   Raycreation Area : Lower Wall
Naranja   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   Reef of Rocks : Neptune
Reef Break   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a     Trad, 3 pitches, 235'   Reef of Rocks : Aegir
Iron Butterfly   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   Mount Bigelow : Butterfly Wall
Corned Beef and Thrash   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Ireland
Firefly   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b     Sport, 115'   Mount Bigelow : Butterfly Wall
The Sampler   5.12d 7c 28 IX E6 6b     Sport, 60'   Spectrum Wall
Doubt   5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ E8 7a     Sport, 1 pitch, 160'   Reef of Rocks : Aegir
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Clay on his onsight of this fine climb.

Shanashee 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a AZ : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : ... : Neptune
The route boasts an inspirational runout after the second bolt (solid 5.9) atypical for the first ascentionist who normally had more conservative protection ideas. The leader died while climbing out an easier route that same day. p1 is 140' to the "toilet bowl" anchor (clean gear), p 2 about 50'...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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A shot of Mt. Bigelow through the Rime Ice covered tree's near the Summit Crag's.
A shot of Mt. Bigelow through the Rime Ice covered...
Bouldering by the stream...upper mountain
Bouldering by the stream...upper mountain
Bouldery start on this cool gear lead. "C"
Bouldery start on this cool gear lead. "C"
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