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Swim Fin Rock Climbing
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DescriptionSwim 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 ThereDriving 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.
Classic Climbing Routes at Swim Fin
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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