Elevation: 9,100 ft
GPS: 32.433, -110.797 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: 1Eric Rhicard on Jul 3, 2006
Admins: Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick
Access Issue: Potentially unavailable to climbing February through July if raptors are breeding here. Details
Access Issue: Fire Closure Details

Description

The Ravens are between Rappel Rock and the Fortress and are closer to the latter. There are four towers that jut from the hillside. They run from SSE to NNW. A variety of routes adventure to sport can be found here as well as some great summits that can only be reached by climbers. Depending on which side of a tower you climb routes can range from 100-200 feet long. Some of Mt. Lemmon's longest most sustained single pitch sport routes (140 ft.) are found here and should not be missed. The towers (A, B, C, & D have routes on most sides so if you want shade you can usually find it. The Murray Wall is at the upper end and is not a tower. It has a number of routes 5.11-5.12 that face west. The approach may seem long by Mt. Lemmon standards (25-40) but it is well worth it.

Getting There

The approach by the time you leave from the grocery store at Tanque Verde and the Catalina highway takes about 90 minutes. Drive to the top of the mountain through the gate just past the ski area. Where the gate blocks the road to the observatory park in the parking lot on the left. Hike left around fenced transformers. Follow the fire lookout road down hill. Hike past the turn to the lookout and go past the Summerhaven (steel shack) water pumphouse about 300 yards. Turn left at an electrical box as the road curves back to the right and rises slightly. Depending on the routes you want to do hike down the left or right side of the crag.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Ravens

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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 6
Luke Slingwalker
Trad 2 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
 5
Lightning Streaks
Trad 3 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 24
Hotshot
Sport 3 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 42
MoMo Buttress
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 25
If You Bolt It They Will Come
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 45
El Curvo
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 17
Pooter Chainsaw Massacre
Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 6
Capillary Attraction
Sport
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 32
Swing Set
Sport
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13
 5
Block Party
Sport
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 3
Rantin' & Raven
Sport
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 27
Raven Maniac
Sport
5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c
 3
Little Birds
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Luke Slingwalker
 6
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 2 pitches
Lightning Streaks
 5
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R Trad 3 pitches
Hotshot
 24
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport 3 pitches
MoMo Buttress
 42
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
If You Bolt It They Will Come
 25
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
El Curvo
 45
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
Pooter Chainsaw Massacre
 17
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
Capillary Attraction
 6
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
Swing Set
 32
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
Block Party
 5
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13 Sport
Rantin' & Raven
 3
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
Raven Maniac
 27
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Little Birds
 3
5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c Sport
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