Elevation: 6,417 ft
GPS: 32.367, -110.714 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Bobby Hanson on Dec 19, 2003
Admins: Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick, Greg Opland
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Description

Classic Mt. Lemmon climbing. You must try the Rupley Routes (R1 through R4).

Getting There

Start at the end of the culvert, 100' downhill from the end of the small parking pullout which is 100 yards down from the main Windy Point parking. Look for a small asphalt water drain - there will be a cairned trail leading down from there towards trees. Hug the base of a rock through the trees, then cross right under the large scree slope above. Head down steeply and come to a small landing.

From the landing, head sharply left, find a huge old tree to cross over, and continue down a steep path which eventually curves right along the base of Rupley Towers. You'll have to tunnel through manzanita at some points.

The hike in takes 10 minutes or less when you know the way... but it's tricky to find the first time!

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Classic Climbing Routes at Rupley Towers

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 33
R-3
Trad 2 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 74
R-1
Trad 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 63
R-4
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 4
ET Arete
Sport
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 4
Border Patrol
Trad, Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R
 19
Bop Til You Drop
Trad, Sport 2 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 6
Moving over Stone
Sport 2 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
R-3
 33
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
R-1
 74
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
R-4
 63
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
ET Arete
 4
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Border Patrol
 4
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Sport
Bop Til You Drop
 19
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R Trad, Sport 2 pitches
Moving over Stone
 6
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport 2 pitches
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Paul Zander
Bern, CH
Paul Zander   Bern, CH
The sorting of routes here is a bit of a mess. Maybe there should be a north and south side? For people that don't have the guide - the beta on this site will be confusing due to missing routes and bad sorting. Get a copy of SQL III Mar 26, 2016