The Steep Rock Climbing
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A rarity on Mt. Lemmon because its summit is reachable only by technical means. You can solo after the Two Birds anchor or do a 2nd sparsely-protected pitch of Spiderman to get to the top.
Historical note: the existence of this crag was known back in the early 1980s. But bad rock and lack of protectable lines relegated it to the forget-about-it zone. Tony Lusk was the first to view it through the eyes of a sport developer. It still required a lot of work and cleaning though. Cres Snyder probably contributed more than anyone to the cleanup effort.
Since the 2020 fire cleared out tons of old vegetation and debris, it may be that the old approach is obsolete.
Park at Marshall Gulch (gate is closed from Dec 15 to Mar 1 making for fewer parking spaces and a longer hike).
Take the Aspen trail south out of Marshall Gulch. Hike for 10-12 min until you hit the Wilderness sign. At this point hop off the trail and head east into the 30 yard wide 2020 fire break. After 100 yards or so you will hit the ridge crest and you can see Ireland way across Sabino canyon. There is also a BIG stump here with a big cairn on it. Turn south at the big stump and follow cairns, footprints and blazes until you can see the top of The Steep to the south. Approaching this way you will be looking at Spiderman as you near the crag, but then the path drifts a bit right and uphill, and deposits you at Bunkweed.
This path takes you VERY near to the Echo crag. The path to the Steep passes just 50 yards west and above Echo.
It takes 15 min to get to the ridge crest near Echo. 10 more will get you to The Steep.
Sept 2022 update... The wilderness boundary sign is engulfed by monsoon growth so keep a sharp eye. It is to the right of the trail. If you are even with it, you are 15 feet PAST the jumpoff to the LEFT of the trail.
The firebreak is no longer all wiped out and bare. It is dense with nasty new growth. But there IS a path through. The big cairned stump is also overgrown. Go slightly past it, then head south (through much less growth). Soon you will see the top of the Steep. Allow a half hour.
Leaving the Steep
Go up the slab above bunkweed. About 2/3 of the way up is a little tree. When even with the tree, look right (north) and see a big cairn, and a path past a tiny madrone. Take it. Follow this path uphill, crossing a slab. Soon after the slab look for cairns leading downhill. Follow them. Should be easy after that.
25 minutes to parking once you are confident of the way.
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