Elevation: 6,450 ft
GPS: 32.368, -110.72 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: James DeRoussel on Sep 6, 2002
Admins: Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick

Description

Swim Fin is a popular rock due to its accessibility and the high concentration of moderate climbs in this immediate area. Shade can usually be found on one side of the rock, depending on time of day and season. Certainly a full day can be had in this area, though some of it may be spent waiting in line.

The most recommendable route on Swim Fin is Ego Donor(5.9), a clip-up on the back side, facing Blazing Fin. It is sustained and fun...an honest-to-goodness 5.9!

Getting There

Driving up the Catalina Highway, park at Windy Point (mp 14.3). From the uphill end of the parking lot, opposite the overlook, cross the highway to the guardrail. An obvious trail leads off from the upper end of the guard rail.

Hike this trail out the ridge away from the highway. As you near the end of the ridge (couple hundred yards), find a trail that drops sharply down the right side along a small cliff. It may take some looking to find the right spot, but once you do, it will be obvious. It is well travelled.

Continuing down this trail, you will approach Nancy's Thumb, a large pinnacle with an obvious crack on the north side. Follow a trail off to the right from Nancy's Thumb. It will lead through some dense brush and out onto a large, open slab. Swim Fin is the rock to your left. There are climbs on both the front and back sides. Allow seven minutes for the approach.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Swim Fin

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 18
Blazing Apostles
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 55
Party Pooters
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 14
Second Sight
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 75
Ego Donor
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 41
Tree Amigos
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 10
Singh Along
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 7
Tiltometer
Sport
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 11
96 Degrees in the Shade
Sport, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Blazing Apostles
 18
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 2 pitches
Party Pooters
 55
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Second Sight
 14
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Ego Donor
 75
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Tree Amigos
 41
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Singh Along
 10
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Tiltometer
 7
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
96 Degrees in the Shade
 11
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, TR
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