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Shared By: James DeRoussel on May 23, 2009 with improvements by Robert Hall
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Outcroppings is comprised of three walls, each distinct in character and aptly named: Cave Crag, Incinerated Ridge Wall, and Tall Wall. This area was developed around 2007-2008 by Tony Lusk, Tony Horness, Andy Tretiakoff, and Dave Weeks.

The crags are generally south facing, but at this elevation should be climbable on all but the hottest days of summer. The rest of the year should be ideal assuming it's not snowed in. Rock quality is generally excellent with a few exceptions, particularly on Cave Crag. Climbs range in grade from about 5.6-5.10 and most everything is bolted.

Getting There

Take Mt Lemmon highway to MP 19.4 (just before Ranger Station) take a left* onto Organization Ridge road, go 0.3 miles and park at Palisades Trailhead parking. Walk 50'-100 ft further on the road in the direction you have been driving to the path on the left. (photo.) Go uphill to black stump, follow the well-worn path and cairns to a large cairn (photo) about 10min in. Left goes to Boy Scout wall, straight ahead goes to Cave Wall, Tall Wall and Incinerated Ridge. You come out on the top of Cave /Tall Wall (15-20 min from car). Go right and down over some slabs to reach the climber’s-left side of “Incinerated”. From the top another path seemed to lead left and down, presumably to the far right side of Cave. * The gate may appear to be CLOSED until you drive right up to it. Once you are down at Incinerated Wall, a short steep path leads from the far right side down to the base of Tall Wall.

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Jon Ruland
Tucson, AZ
Jon Ruland   Tucson, AZ
do not go up the drainage! you will just get lost like we did the first time. go PAST the drainage until you reach the trail shown in the photo. follow the trail over the hill to the crag, 20 minutes or so from the road. the trail itself is at least 100 feet from the parking area. maybe 50 feet past the drainage. Jun 8, 2010
Ben Beard
Superior, AZ
Ben Beard   Superior, AZ
I may be wrong, but I believe that the pull off (going up the highway) to the Palisades Trailhead is after MP 19. The pulloff is on your left side going uphill, just before the Pasilades Visitor Center. Go down a gravel road for about a mile or so to the Palisades Trailhead sign. Aug 22, 2011
Antoine Horness
Tucson, AZ
Antoine Horness   Tucson, AZ
I just got a call that there are some loose bolts on Pali Gap and Lords of Karma. DO NOT CLIMB ON THESE 2 ROUTES UNTIL I GET THIS FIXED.

I am going to go to the routes tomorrow and will assess what needs to be done. I will probably pull all of the hangers off tomorrow. Sep 23, 2011
Antoine Horness
Tucson, AZ
Antoine Horness   Tucson, AZ
The anchors and hangers have been pulled from Lords of Karma and Pali Gap due to a report from a climber of loose bolts. Yesterday, I checked all of the anchors, hangers and bolts by shock loading them with a Grigri backup and could find no loose bolts. Some of the hangers and one of the anchors needed routine tightening. I don't think there is anything wrong but shut down the routes and pulled the anchors and hangers Sep 25, 2011
Gerry Cook
Tucson, Arizona
Gerry Cook   Tucson, Arizona
Found a Stanley flashlight on the road near the gate on 1/12/14. If you're missing yours let me know. Jan 18, 2014
rob bauer
Golden, CO
rob bauer   Golden, CO
Hard to believe this area wasn't in the Squeezing the Lemmon book. Easy to see it from lots of places on the road, once you recognize it. Directions are pretty good BUT, there's a gate at the top of the Organization Ridge Road (right by the Boy Scout Camp gate) which is apparently closed in the winter, so be prepared to walk down the dirt road for a ways before finding that well-cairned trail off left. Feb 6, 2014
Well lets see, most of the routes at the Outcroppings were put up in 2008. Squeezing the Lemmon II came out in 2000. That might be why there not in there.
Eric's a fairly forward thinking guy but that's asking a lot. Feb 7, 2014
Gerry Cook
Tucson, Arizona
Gerry Cook   Tucson, Arizona
On 5-3-15 Found a Pro-tec helmet near the parking area usually used for The Outcroppings. If you lost it, ask for it at Rocks & Ropes. May 4, 2015
Paul Zander
Bern, CH
Paul Zander   Bern, CH
After about 10-15 minutes of walking down the trail, we encountered a junction with a large cairn. Left leads to the boyscout wall. Straight ahead leads to the outcroppings. I had a blast climbing the long pitches on the tall wall! Our party fixed a line at the top which made for quick single strand descents - everyone got to lead, and an easy double rope rap at the end of the day. Apr 9, 2016
Nicki Manzanares
Nicki Manzanares   Colorado
Climbed on Tall Wall today and I want to thank the folks who replaced bolts along the first four routes on the left. I was so happy to see nice, shiny bolts as I was clipping the rope (especially since those were my first leads ever!). Thank you! (CASA?) Mar 26, 2018
jbak .
jbak .   tucson,az
Why would the bolts require replacement ? They probably only around 10 yr old. Mar 26, 2018
Nicki Manzanares
Nicki Manzanares   Colorado
Well, the bolts looked newish to me! And I am grateful! Mar 30, 2018