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Areas in 8 - Summit Crags

Avalon 5 / 13 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 18
Fortress, The 6 / 37 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 42
Murray Wall, The 1 / 16 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 17
Rappel Rock 19 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 19
Ravelin, The 0 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Ravens, The 5 / 18 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 23
Summit Bouldering 0 / 0 / 0 / 12 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 12
Access Issue: Potentially unavailable to climbing February through July if raptors are breeding here. Details

Description

The Summit Crags, as the name implies, are located near the uppermost elevations of Mount Lemmon. They are home to some of the longest and highest quality routes in the Santa Catalinas.

The seasonal raptor nesting closures limit the season here to late summer and autumn. Be particularly aware of afternoon storms and lightning if visiting this area early in the season.

Getting There

Driving up the Catalina Highway, turn right on the road to the ski valley. Continue past the ski valley, through a gate, and down a rough paved road. Drive to the gravel parking lot on the left just before the observatory. Park here and continue on foot, up the road, following the 'trail' sign. (Stay left when you see the sign at the observatory).

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Classic Climbing Routes at 8 - Summit Crags

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 66
Black Quacker
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 58
Standard Route
Trad 4 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 64
Bender-Axen
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 115
Steel Crazy
Sport 4 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 34
Chiboni
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 48
Fort Stress
Sport 4 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 37
MoMo Buttress
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 35
El Curvo
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 68
Unattended Consequences
Sport
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 19
Raven Maniac
Sport
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 46
Gettin' Off The Porch
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 62
Hard Day at The Orifice
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 48
Orifice Politics
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 35
Eureka
Sport
5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c
 24
Coup de' tat
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Black Quacker Rappel Rock
 66
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Standard Route Rappel Rock
 58
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 4 pitches
Bender-Axen Rappel Rock
 64
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Steel Crazy Fortress > Southeast Face
 115
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport 4 pitches
Chiboni Rappel Rock
 34
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Fort Stress Fortress > Southeast Face
 48
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport 4 pitches
MoMo Buttress Ravens
 37
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
El Curvo Ravens
 35
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
Unattended Consequences Fortress > Orifice Wall
 68
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Raven Maniac Ravens
 19
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Gettin' Off The Porch Fortress > Orifice Wall
 46
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Hard Day at The Orifice Fortress > Orifice Wall
 62
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Orifice Politics Fortress > Orifice Wall
 48
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Eureka Fortress > Orifice Wall
 35
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
Coup de' tat Fortress > Orifice Wall
 24
5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c Sport
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Jimbo  
+1 Andy. Lots and lots of other crags on the Lemmon. Be patient everyone. Jun 13, 2012
John Hayes
Bend, OR
John Hayes   Bend, OR
Can someone please explain to me why the summit crags are still being closed for Peregrine nesting? Peregrines have been off of the endangered species list since 1999, they have a stable population, and they are rated as a species of "Least Concern" on the red list. Furthermore, crag managers in areas like El Dorado Canyon in Boulder, CO have demonstrated that if climbers avoid nests by about +/- 30 feet, Peregrine nesting success is unaffected by the presence of rock climbers. Heck, if you get too close, the Peregrines will let you know! As we enter the 20th year since the Peregrines were last considered endangered and with stable populations there is little need for these on-going wide-spread, indiscriminate closures that don't even consider how many birds are actually nesting. As I write this, it is just about time to shut down the summit crags for 2018. How many nesting birds have been observed on the crags? These closures seem like an unnecessary anachronism maintained by a bureaucracy that isn't paying much attention. Mar 12, 2018
Andrew R
Arizony
Andrew R   Arizony
I’m ok sharing these crags with raptors and giving them space a few months out of the year. They’ve been around a lot longer than we have and there’s plenty of other places to climb in spring. Jun 29, 2018

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