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Elevation: 8,229 ft 2,508 m
GPS: 32.4325, -110.796
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Shared By: James DeRoussel on Jul 11, 2010
Admins: adrian montaƱo, Greg Opland, Brian Boyd, JJ Schlick, Kemper Brightman, Luke Bertelsen
Warning Access Issue: Potentially unavailable to climbing February through July if raptors are breeding here. DetailsDrop down

Description Suggest change

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 Suggest change

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.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 147
Steel Crazy
Sport 4 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 42
Chiboni
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 70
Fort Stress
Sport 4 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 16
Helm's Deep
Trad 3 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 62
El Curvo
Sport
5.11- 6c 22 VIII- 22 E3 5c
 30
Sir Clipalot
Sport 3 pitches
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 40
Swing Set
Sport
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 40
Raven Maniac
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 86
Hard Day at The Orifice
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 74
Orifice Politics
Sport
5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c
 31
Coup d'etat
Sport
5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c
 5
Davin's Route (Teegerstrong)
Sport
5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c
 12
Heel-A Monster
Sport
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
 24
Granite of the Apes
Sport
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
 14
In Search of Silence
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Steel Crazy Fortress > Southeast Face
 147
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport 4 pitches
Chiboni Rappel Rock
 42
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Fort Stress Fortress > Southeast Face
 70
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport 4 pitches
Helm's Deep Rappel Rock
 16
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad 3 pitches
El Curvo Ravens > Raven C > E Face
 62
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
Sir Clipalot Fortress > Southeast Face
 30
5.11- 6c 22 VIII- 22 E3 5c Sport 3 pitches
Swing Set Ravens > Raven B
 40
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
Raven Maniac Ravens > Raven B
 40
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Hard Day at The Orifice Fortress > Orifice Wall
 86
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Orifice Politics Fortress > Orifice Wall
 74
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Coup d'etat Fortress > Orifice Wall
 31
5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c Sport
Davin's Route (Teegerstrong) Fortress > Orifice Wall
 5
5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c Sport
Heel-A Monster Fortress > Orifice Wall
 12
5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c Sport
Granite of the Apes Fortress > Orifice Wall
 24
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Sport
In Search of Silence Fortress > Orifice Wall
 14
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Sport
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