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7 - Upper Highway Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 8,000'
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Bouldering by the stream...upper mountain

Description 

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

Climbing Season



Weather station 4.1 miles from here

328 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',13],['3 Stars',89],['2 Stars',135],['1 Star',71],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',5],['5.7',13],['5.8',18],['5.9',16],['5.10',68],['5.11',72],['5.12',42],['5.13',2],['>=5.14',1],['',0],['<=V1',7],['V2-3',29],['V4-5',12],['V6-7',15],['V8-9',12],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',17],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in 7 - Upper Highway

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for 7 - Upper Highway:
X-Ray   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 40'   Raycreation Area : Upper Wall
Jackie's Separation Anxiety   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Sport, 45'   Raycreation Area : Upper Wall
Rapture of the Steep   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches   Reef of Rocks : Neptune
Pocket Protector   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 60'   Mount Bigelow : Trundle Pinnacle
Raycreation   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 55'   Raycreation Area : Upper Wall
Odyssey   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 4 pitches, 500'   Reef of Rocks : Poseidon
Sting Ray, AKA Geirless Warrior   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 50'   Raycreation Area : Upper Wall
You Bastards   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 105'   South Park
Stepping Into Blue Sky   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 2 pitches, 90'   The Steep
Reef Break   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 3 pitches, 235'   Reef of Rocks : Aegir
Naranja   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   Reef of Rocks : Neptune
The Eagle's Gift   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Delta Dome
Venezuelan Mafia    5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 45'   Raycreation Area : Lower Wall
Corned Beef and Thrash   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Ireland
Iron Butterfly   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   Mount Bigelow : Butterfly Wall
Booted from the Galley   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 115'   Reef of Rocks : Neptune
Firefly   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 115'   Mount Bigelow : Butterfly Wall
The Sampler   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 60'   Spectrum Crags : Spectrum Wall
Red Tide   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Reef of Rocks : Neptune
Doubt   5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a     Sport, 1 pitch, 160'   Reef of Rocks : Aegir
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