Elevation: 2,500 ft
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Description

The Santa Catalina Mountains are more commonly known among climbers and non-climbers alike as, simply, Mount Lemmon. Although Mount Lemmon is only one of many peaks within the Santa Catalina range, its name has been casually applied to the range as a whole for some time.

Mount Lemmon, rising to an elevation of 9,157 feet above sea level, offers some of the best climbing in Arizona. More than 1,500 climbing routes can be found on the mountain, making it one of the most popular climbing areas in the state. With crags located at elevations ranging from 2,500-9,000', comfortable climbing temps can be found year round.

While the vast majority of the climbs in this area are accessed by the Catalina Highway, there are parts of the range accessed otherwise. This area has been organized based on access and geographical location.

Be aware of the many objective dangers that inhabit these mountains... loose rock, old hardware, extreme heat and cold, bark scorpions, gila monsters, lightning, multiple species of rattlesnakes and, perhaps most importantly, flash floods. Stay out of arroyos and major drainages, particularly during the monsoon season of July-August! Flash floods can present a lethal danger, even when skies are clear in your immediate locale.

Finally, be advised that many climbing areas within the Santa Catalinas are closed seasonally (mainly January-July) for protection of peregrine falcons and bighorn sheep. We have made every effort to note closures and restrictions within those specific areas on this site, so please do your homework before planning a trip.

Getting There

The Santa Catalina Mountains are located immediately north of Tucson, and are accessible by a few different routes. See inidividual areas within the Santa Catalinas for more detailed information.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalina Mountains)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 149
Agatha Christie (Direct)
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 124
Steel Crazy
Sport 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 106
Old Man
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 109
Stoner's Boner
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 138
Chihuahua Power
Sport
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 81
Centerpiece
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 91
Go Speed Racer
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 218
Steve's Arete
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 70
Two Kings And A Pawn
Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 134
Armed Robbery
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 81
Arizona Flyways
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 88
Holey Moley
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 110
The Wizard
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 71
Hard Day at The Orifice
Sport
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
 87
Tsunami
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Agatha Christie (Direct) Mt Lemmon (Cata… > 4 - Windy Point… > N Fin
 149
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Steel Crazy Mt Lemmon (Cata… > … > Fortress > Southeast Face
 124
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport 4 pitches
Old Man Mt Lemmon (Cata… > 4 - Windy Point… > S Fin
 106
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Stoner's Boner Mt Lemmon (Cata… > 2 - Bear Canyon > Chimney Rock
 109
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Chihuahua Power Mt Lemmon (Cata… > 2 - Bear Canyon > Lost Hawk
 138
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Centerpiece Mt Lemmon (Cata… > 2 - Bear Canyon > Chimney Rock
 81
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Go Speed Racer Mt Lemmon (Cata… > 1 - Lower Highway > Pinhead Wall
 91
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
Steve's Arete Mt Lemmon (Cata… > 3 - Windy Point… > Hunchback Pinnacle
 218
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Two Kings And A Pawn Mt Lemmon (Cata… > … > Chessman Area > 4 - Queen
 70
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Armed Robbery Mt Lemmon (Cata… > … > Prison Camp (Go… > Jailhouse Rock
 134
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
Arizona Flyways Mt Lemmon (Cata… > 3 - Windy Point… > Anduriel Tower
 81
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Holey Moley Mt Lemmon (Cata… > 3 - Windy Point… > New Wave Wall
 88
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
The Wizard La Milagrosa Ca… > Main Wall
 110
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Hard Day at The Orifice Mt Lemmon (Cata… > … > Fortress > Orifice Wall
 71
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Tsunami Mt Lemmon (Cata… > 3 - Windy Point… > New Wave Wall
 87
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Sport
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