Elevation: 6,449 ft
GPS: 32.368, -110.719 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: James DeRoussel on Feb 13, 2003
Admins: Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick

Description

South Fin has lots of quality rock routes ranging from 5.8 to 5.12+. With trad, sport, and mixed climbs there is something for everyone, and rock quality is very good. It is also very accessible from the highway, making it a popular destination, along with neighboring North Fin.

There are climbs on both sides of the fin, allowing for sun or shade as desired. For climbs on the east face, approach as described below, and continue on around the south end of the fin.

A high concentration of two and three-star climbs make this an especially desirable destination.

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.

Continuing down this trail, you will approach Nancy's Thumb, a large pinnacle with an obvious crack on its north side. The base of South Fin climbs are accessed by descending the steep gully just below Nancy's Thumb. The climbs are on the left hand wall as you descend. Allow five minutes for the approach.

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Classic Climbing Routes at South Fin

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 26
Male Menopause
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 113
Old Man
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 17
Coroner's Inquest
Trad, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 11
Chicken Co-op
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 6
Tongue Lashing
Trad, TR
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 3
Rooting for the Lions
Sport
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
 3
Lion's Line
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Male Menopause
 26
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Trad
Old Man
 113
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Coroner's Inquest
 17
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Chicken Co-op
 11
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Tongue Lashing
 6
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad, TR
Rooting for the Lions
 3
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
Lion's Line
 3
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Sport
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