Elevation: 8,600 ft
GPS: 32.461, -110.781 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: 1Eric Rhicard on May 7, 2008
Admins: Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick, Brian Boyd

Description

There are three formations here, Neptune. Aegir, and Posieden with routes on the upper and lower sections. The north facing walls are known as the red walls and tend to have steeper harder routes. This is an area that still gives me butterflys on the approach. Most of the routes are trad and it takes a long run out with something to hit on the way down before it gets an R. Many of the routes would be considered at least PG-13 these days. This place has seen two fatalities so you need to be careful. Some of the climbs are fantastic and the views are spectacular. You will rarely find others climbing at the Reef due to it's intimidating nature. So if it is adventure you want it is worth a visit. Best time to climb here is May to October. It can be dicey in July and August due to the summer thunderstorms so an early start is a good idea. As for dogs, people take them but they need to be sure footed as a mistake can be bad. My dog took a 30 footer and was fortunate enough to escape with some scrapes and bruises. It did ruin the day for the four of us and we all headed home early.

Getting There

Drive to the ski area on mMt. Lemmon. Continue past the parking area through a usually open gate and park at or just past the left hand hairpin turn. It is less than a quarter mile past the ski area parking. At the lower end of the guardrail follow trail down the ridge for 20 minutes or until the trail begins to switchback. Most folks stash packs and rack up at this point. Follow the switch backs down the N. side of Neptune which will be on your left. Descend until possible to get on a large ledge that leads (short scary third class section) around to the west side of the formation. This ledge divides the formations into upper and lower faces. To reach the lower faces drop down one of the gullies or rap from something. It might take more than one rope.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Reef of Rocks

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5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R
 25
Cream of Belay
Trad 2 pitches
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13
 31
Warm and Free
Trad 2 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 61
Rapture of the Steep
Trad 2 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 37
20th Century Flake
Trad
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 20
Odyssey
Trad 4 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 26
21st Century Finger Crack
Trad
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 33
Naranja
Trad 3 pitches
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 28
Reef Break
Trad 3 pitches
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 8
Supreme Seaweed Superhighway
Sport 3 pitches
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 15
Ma'adim
Trad 4 pitches
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 34
Clip Tide
Sport
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
 5
Along The Ley Line
Trad 4 pitches
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 20
Crankbugs
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 13
Red Tide
Sport
5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a
 5
Doubt
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Cream of Belay Neptune
 25
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R Trad 2 pitches
Warm and Free Neptune
 31
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13 Trad 2 pitches
Rapture of the Steep Neptune
 61
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 2 pitches
20th Century Flake Aegir
 37
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Odyssey Poseidon
 20
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad 4 pitches
21st Century Finger Crack Aegir
 26
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
Naranja Neptune
 33
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad 3 pitches
Reef Break Aegir
 28
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad 3 pitches
Supreme Seaweed Superhighway Poseidon
 8
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport 3 pitches
Ma'adim Neptune
 15
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad 4 pitches
Clip Tide Neptune
 34
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Along The Ley Line Poseidon
 5
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Trad 4 pitches
Crankbugs Aegir
 20
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Red Tide Neptune
 13
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
Doubt Aegir
 5
5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a Sport
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