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Elevation: 8,503 ft 2,592 m
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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 2,500 3,000 climbing routes can be found on the mountain, making it one of the most popular and densely developed 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.

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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.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 147
Steel Crazy
Sport 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 155
Old Man
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 187
Chihuahua Power
Sport
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 106
Centerpiece
Trad
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 70
Rapture of the Steep
Trad 2 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 142
Go Speed Racer
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 300
Steve's Arete
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 96
Two Kings And A Pawn
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 116
Arizona Flyways
Sport
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 67
Histoplasmosis
Trad
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 140
Holey Moley
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 95
Corned Beef and Thrash
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 86
Hard Day at The Orifice
Sport
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
 135
Tsunami
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 74
Orifice Politics
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Steel Crazy Mt Lemmon (Cata… > … > Fortress > Southeast Face
 147
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport 4 pitches
Old Man Mt Lemmon (Cata… > 4 - Windy Point… > S Fin
 155
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Chihuahua Power Mt Lemmon (Cata… > 2 - Bear Canyon > Lost Hawk
 187
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Centerpiece Mt Lemmon (Cata… > 2 - Bear Canyon > Chimney Rock
 106
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Rapture of the Steep Mt Lemmon (Cata… > … > Reef of Rocks > Neptune
 70
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad 2 pitches
Go Speed Racer Mt Lemmon (Cata… > … > Hairpin Turn Area > Pinhead Wall
 142
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
Steve's Arete Mt Lemmon (Cata… > 3 - Windy Point… > Hunchback Pinnacle
 300
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Two Kings And A Pawn Mt Lemmon (Cata… > … > Chessman Area > 4 - Queen
 96
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Arizona Flyways Mt Lemmon (Cata… > 3 - Windy Point… > Anduriel Tower
 116
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Histoplasmosis Mt Lemmon (Cata… > 4 - Windy Point… > N Fin
 67
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad
Holey Moley Mt Lemmon (Cata… > 3 - Windy Point… > New Wave Wall
 140
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Corned Beef and Thrash Mt Lemmon (Cata… > … > Ireland > IreIand Main Wall
 95
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Hard Day at The Orifice Mt Lemmon (Cata… > … > Fortress > Orifice Wall
 86
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Tsunami Mt Lemmon (Cata… > 3 - Windy Point… > New Wave Wall
 135
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Sport
Orifice Politics Mt Lemmon (Cata… > … > Fortress > Orifice Wall
 74
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
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