La Milagrosa Canyon Rock Climbing
Areas in La Milagrosa Canyon
Beach, The 0 / 9 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
Down Under, The 2 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Jim's Buttress 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Main Wall 5 / 23 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 28
Milla Vanilla Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Oasis 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Oasis II 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Sahuaro Corners 2 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Sunnyside 1 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Traddy Wagon, The 2 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Water World 1 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
|GPS:||32.3, -110.71 Google Map · Climbing Map|
|Shared By:||James DeRoussel on Mar 10, 2003|
|Admins:||Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick|
DescriptionMilagrosa Canyon, located at the foot of the Santa Catalina Mountains is fast becoming a popular winter sport climbing crag among locals. When it's cold up on Mt Lemmon, this place offers hard pulling in comfy temps. Climbs on both sides of the canyon might also offer a choice of sun or shade.
Occasionally referred to as "5.11 Heaven", Milagrosa is characterized by steep, hard sport routes is a nice desert canyon setting. A lack of easy routes means this place will quickly bore some beginner's, but for the moderate to hard leader, it's a goldmine.
Rock quality in this canyon is highly varied. Where it is good, it is very good. And where it is bad, don't even bother. Most routes are equipped with two bolt anchors and chains at top. As always, inspect these anchors before trusting your life to them.
Route development here is ongoing, though the most comprehensive guide is probably the recently published Tucson Select Sport Climbing guide.
Getting ThereFrom town, head north on the Catalina Highway as if going up Mt Lemmon. Before the base of the mountain, turn right (east) onto Snyder Road. Follow Snyder east to Suzenu Rd. and turn left. Drive to the end of Suzenu, and park off the road near the large gate.
From the gate, hike east down a long, straight dirt road. After about ten minutes of hiking, pass through a chained gate and cross the bed of Molino Creek. Follow the road up a hill until you can see Agua Caliente Creek to the south.
To access Sunnyside, Main Wall, and Saguaro Corners, take the trail that heads down into the creek bed. After crossing Agua Caliente Creek you will hit a trail heading east up Agua Caliente Canyon. Don't follow it too far! If you do, you will be heading up the wrong canyon. After about 100 yards, the trail splits. Take the left fork back to the creek bed and into Milagrosa Canyon.
To access the Oasis, instead of heading down into Agua Caliente Creek, continue on the road which will take you past the turn off for the upper trail (now marked with a Pima County Parks and Rec sign). This upper trail follows the rim of Milagrosa Canyon and finally enters the canyon further upstream.
Classic Climbing Routes at La Milagrosa Canyon
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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