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Areas in Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalina Mountains)

Alamo Canyon 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 5
Esperero Canyon 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Finger Rock Canyon 6 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Golder Dome 4 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
La Milagrosa Canyon 14 / 62 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 77
Los Viejos Crag 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Mount Lemmon (Catalina Highway) 643 / 1245 / 94 / 303 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 2114
Pontatoc Canyon 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Pusch Ridge 23 / 7 / 1 / 26 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 54
Sabino Canyon 9 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
Ventana Canyon 0 / 0 / 0 / 17 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 17

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.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Slippery When Wet
Trad 2 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
George's Buttress
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Agatha Christie (Direct)
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
In Lightning
Sport 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Puppy Chow
Sport
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Valentine Arete
Sport
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Jackie's Separation Anxiety
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Steel Crazy
Sport 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Old Man
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Stoner's Boner
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Chihuahua Power
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Community Service
Sport
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Centerpiece
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Steve's Arete
Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Armed Robbery
Sport
Slippery When Wet Mount Lemmon (Cat… > 4 - Windy Point West > N Fin 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 2 pitches
George's Buttress Mount Lemmon (Cat… > 2 - Bear Canyon > Chimney Rock 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Agatha Christie (Direct) Mount Lemmon (Cat… > 4 - Windy Point West > N Fin 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
In Lightning Mount Lemmon (Cat… > 6 - Mid-Mtn > Druid 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport 2 pitches
Puppy Chow Mount Lemmon (Cat… > 2 - Bear Canyon > Lost Hawk 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Valentine Arete La Milagrosa Canyon > Main Wall 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
Jackie's Separation Anxiety Mount Lemmon (Cat… > … > Raycreation Area > Upper Wall 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
Steel Crazy Mount Lemmon (Cat… > … > Fortress > Southeast Face 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport 4 pitches
Old Man Mount Lemmon (Cat… > 4 - Windy Point West > S Fin 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Stoner's Boner Mount Lemmon (Cat… > 2 - Bear Canyon > Chimney Rock 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Chihuahua Power Mount Lemmon (Cat… > 2 - Bear Canyon > Lost Hawk 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Community Service La Milagrosa Canyon > Main Wall 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Centerpiece Mount Lemmon (Cat… > 2 - Bear Canyon > Chimney Rock 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Steve's Arete Mount Lemmon (Cat… > 3 - Windy Point East > Hunchback Pinnacle 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Armed Robbery Mount Lemmon (Cat… > … > Prison Camp (Gord… > Jailhouse Rock 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
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Hello climbers,


Looking to climb this weekend (OCTOBER 7,8 .., top rope & lead, (5.8, 5.9, 5.10) is any one interested ??

Flo Oct 5, 2017
Looking for partner to climb at mt Lemmon or Cochise for a week (7-9 days) in first half of November 2017. 5.10- 5.11 multipitch is what I have in mind. I don't mind leading most of it.
Send me PM Sep 14, 2017
Found a squeezing the Lemmon III guidebook at pinhead with no name written anywhere but it easily identifiable. Let me know if it's yours and and how.
cheers,
joe Jan 8, 2017
Found a squeezing the Lemmon III guidebook at pine head with no name written anywhere but it easily identifiable. Let me know if it's yours and and how.
cheers,
joe Jan 8, 2017
Living on the East Side of Tucson! Looking for people to climb!! Jan 3, 2017
Abby S.  
Victoria, check out the following:
mountainproject.com/v/new-g… Jun 25, 2016
Kurt Jensen
Aptos,CA
Kurt Jensen   Aptos,CA
Hi. We have been climbing for almost a week at Mt. Lemmon, visiting from NorCal and climbing with some local friends. On Wed. April 20, we were at Ridgeline as a ground of 6, and 3 of my draws got left by accident. I went back on the 22nd and they were not found. Did anyone climb there and find draws on the 21st? Thanks! Apr 23, 2016
Is there a good guide book for Mount Lemmon? Apr 15, 2016
Paul Zander
Bern, CH
Paul Zander   Bern, CH
Baul Powron - a good starter rack would be a single set of metolius from 2-8. Or the equivalent in BD - 0.3-3. Plus nuts! Mar 2, 2016
Looking to get started on a trad rack. For Lemmon climbing, should I go with 2 sets of Metolius size 1-4's or 1 set of size 00-6? Mar 1, 2016
caesar.salad
earth
caesar.salad   earth
Nah, I lead in the 10s. I doubt I will suddenly start crushing 14s anytime soon. Though I do like to boulder and I noticed there is a minimal amount... though I did see tucsonbouldering.com and oldpueblobouldering.com so it's nice that a lot of development is happening. Feb 22, 2015
jbak  
One small cloud...if you are a truly high-end sporto you will run through our meager offerings pretty fast. A site search of routes 13c and up reveals only a dozen recorded in the southern AZ section. Feb 20, 2015
Jimbo  
To reinforce Jbak's comment. We often go back to a climb we did years ago and after climbing it wonder why we only gave it two stars.
The new guide book will have a four star system. Feb 20, 2015
caesar.salad
earth
caesar.salad   earth
Thanks! Good to know. I'll put Tucson higher on my list of possibilities. Feb 19, 2015
jbak  
Senor salad...

Around here 2 stars is a strong rating. We are used to a 3-star system (local guidebook) and so we don't give 3 stars very easily. And usually 4 is reserved for something really special. So don't let the 2 star plethora put you off. 2 stars means good....GOOD ! Feb 19, 2015
caesar.salad
earth
caesar.salad   earth
Is there any general reason that the majority of the routes are only 2 stars? Rock not solid? Bad bolting? Just bad lines in general? I want to move to the area because of the option to climb outside year round but I am dissuaded by the mediocre evals the majority of the routes have. Feb 19, 2015
Benjamin Chapman
Small Town, USA
Benjamin Chapman   Small Town, USA
Jimbo....go look up irony in the dictionary and get back to the thread. Sep 23, 2013
Jimbo  
Ben,

Go look up sarcasm in the dictionary, and read the whole post. Sep 23, 2013
Charles Vernon
Tucson, AZ
Charles Vernon   Tucson, AZ
If Darth was the first ascentionist's father's brother's nephew's cousin's former roommate, I might consider giving them back. Aug 28, 2013
Geir
Tucson, AZ
Geir   Tucson, AZ
Ha! You are beating me Charles!

What if Darth Vader lost those draws but he took them from a band of Ewoks he slaughtered? F*** that!

By the way Robert would never kill Ewoks he is much too kind. Please return his draws because of this. :) Aug 28, 2013
Charles Vernon
Tucson, AZ
Charles Vernon   Tucson, AZ
Even jerks and reprobates should get their draws back :) Aug 28, 2013
Geir
Tucson, AZ
Geir   Tucson, AZ
You are right Charles. He should get his draws back. I figured it couldn't hurt to say that he's a good person, though. Aug 27, 2013
Charles Vernon
Tucson, AZ
Charles Vernon   Tucson, AZ
With all due respect, Geir, I don't think getting one's draws back should have anything to do with whether one is a "really nice guy" (or was climbing with the first ascentionist, or etc.). If it's the right thing to do, then it's the right thing to do--period. Aug 27, 2013
Geir
Tucson, AZ
Geir   Tucson, AZ
Robert is a really nice guy. If you found the draws it would be great to get them back to him. Thanks! Aug 27, 2013
Left six BD quickdraws at the Outcroppings on 8/20. They were picked up before we went back on 8/24. I'm very attached to this gear, as they were given to me by my best friend, who died of cancer recently. Please contact me about how I can get them back. Thanks...Robert McLeod biblebob54@gmail.com, 520 270 4714. Aug 27, 2013
Jan. 20, 2013 near Barnum Rock, found Canon Digital Camera, apparently dropped heavily, could be repaired? I cannot retrieve photos to ID owner. Please give camera description and means of returning. Can contact me here through E-mail.

Robert Flore Jan 22, 2013
Daren  
just want to clear up, is this place closed during jan-?

the ENTIRE place? or just certain parts? Thanks!! Dec 26, 2012
Christian
Casa do Cacete
Christian   Casa do Cacete
Prison Camp/Jailhouse might work, there's camping there but usually full. Molino Basin lower should have spots.

Also Hairpin Turn, though watch the runouts on some of the older climbs. Also some are mixed but on MP as sport. Mar 10, 2012
Never climbed in the area. Wondering if anyone can recommend some crags and camping. I will be with my kids, 5&8 yrs. burgeoning climbers who really like a short approach! Single pitch would be best. Any advice?
Cheers
Josh Mar 9, 2012
Hi I will be in Tucson next week and am looking to get out climbing. I have a flexible schedule and would like to get down to Cochise if possible. I am a very competent, yet out of shape climber who would like to stay in the 5.8-5.9 rang. I don't mind taking a competent intermediate climber out.

Thanks!
Aaron

e-mail
aaronvoreis@gmail.com
or text 612+759+1876 Feb 23, 2012
Meghan
Sierra Vista, AZ
Meghan   Sierra Vista, AZ
Someone has scattered rat poison around the base of The Orifice Wall here on Mt. Lemmon, presumably to kill the mice that occasionally raid lunches. This is obviously NOT COOL. Whomever did it obviously wasn't thinking about the squirrels, chipmunks, birds, reptiles that eat them, and other people's dogs. We may not like for animals to get into our things, but this is their habitat-- even the mice-- not ours. Not that any rangers would ever know about it, but this would also be a great way to get access to a crag taken away. Everyone there today was on the same page that this is VERY bad form by some fellow climber. Whoever you are, please don't be an embarrassment to our sport or a menace to the environment again. Oct 17, 2011
mariaji  
2 weeks ago there was a momma bird sitting in a moss nest at the Lower Wall on one of the first holds of a route to the far right (don't know the name of it).
Somebody decided to either move/discard the nest. Would have been nice to just leave her alone and pick a different line for the time that she needed to be there. Jul 31, 2011
Say what you will. I trust the governor. Elected officials never lie. I'll just take my Bosch and my swag, and go where I can be appreciated. Sep 7, 2010
Charles Vernon
Tucson, AZ
Charles Vernon   Tucson, AZ
Ken, Mt. Lemmon is one of our "sky islands" that rises far above the Sonoran desert and is therefore a safe haven from the epidemic--the ORGY--of beheading that's been going on around here. But I might add that the desert regions themselves are getting safer--Jan Brewer has did everything she can. Sep 6, 2010
ryan dillon
Tucson, AZ.
ryan dillon   Tucson, AZ.
That's just what happens when you get caught adding bolts to an existing route or taking the biners from the anchors. Sep 6, 2010
Mt. Lemmon can't be a decent place to climb when there are headless bodies being found in the Arizona desert. Sep 6, 2010
That is some funny shit Andrew. I thought you were working construction, but you are going to film school. Good for you! Ha Ha Aug 18, 2010
Andy Bennett
Tucson, AZ
Andy Bennett   Tucson, AZ
Thanks for re-organizing this, looks great! Jul 19, 2010

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