Gate's Pass Bouldering
Routes in Gate's Pass
|Big Bulge Easy V0 4|
|Big Undercling V1 5|
|Broken Rubber V6 7A|
|Cholla Traverse? V1-2 5 PG13|
|Cracked Face V0-1 4+|
|Gunfight Slab Center V0 4 PG13|
|Hidden Problem V3-4 6A+ R|
|Hidden Traverse V3-4 6A+ PG13|
|Left Arete, Small Upper V1+ 5|
|Left dihedral Bulge Variation V5-6 6C+|
|Left-Right Traverse - Small Upper Boulder V1 5|
|Lower N. Face Traverse V3-4 6A+|
|Main Upper Prow Jug to Left V4 6B|
|Main Upper Prow Jug to Right V3 6A|
|Middle Inside Corner, Lower V3- 6A|
|Negative, The V2+ 5+|
|No Feet Traverse V3 6A|
|North Arete - Big Lower Boulder V1 5 R|
|Northwest Arete V1 5 PG13|
|Northwest Face - Big Lower Boulder V4 6B|
|One Move Wonder V7 7A+|
|Right Dihedral V1+ 5|
|Roof Problem V5-6 6C+|
|Scary Fall of Death V4 6B X|
|Unnamed Upper Boulder V5 V5 6C|
|GPS:||32.217, -111.111 Google Map · Climbing Map|
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|Shared By:||James DeRoussel on Jul 26, 2002|
|Admins:||Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick|
DescriptionGate's Pass, best known for its spectacular sunsets, is also your best bet for some bouldering close to downtown Tucson. The area containing the boulders, while not part of Gate's Pass proper, is actually quite nice in the winter months.
There are enough boulders close to the road to keep you busy for a day, with established problems from V0 to V7. There are likely many more problems to be found, depending on how far uphill you are willing to walk. One can only assume that the short season and abundance of better rock on Mt Lemmon has limited climber's interest here. Still it's a nice place to spend a day when temps are right.
Gate's Pass provides a great opportunity to climb in a true Sonoran Desert setting, among some of the best saguaro stands in the world. It is also thick with evil jumping cholla and rattlesnakes, so be extra careful, especially with pets around. Don't forget to stick around for the sunset!
For a topo and handful of established problems, see the Arizona section at drtopo.com. Photos can be viewed at tucsonbouldering.com. You can also pick up a copy of tyler McMillen's new Tucson Bouldering guidebook at Summit Hut.
Getting ThereDriving time 15 min. from Downtown Tucson.From Tucson, drive west on Speedway Blvd into the Tucson Mountains. Drive past Gate's Pass and down the steep hill. Park at the second pullout on the right or left.
The boulders should be visible from the road. They are located on the south side of the road (your left driving down from Gates Pass). Find trails leading up hill to the boulders. Please stick to established trails.
Classic Climbing Routes at Gate's Pass
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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