Elevation: 8,229 ft
GPS: 32.433, -110.796 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: James DeRoussel on Jul 11, 2010
Admins: Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick
Access Issue: Fire Closure Details
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
 69
Black Quacker
Trad 5 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 74
Standard Route
Trad 4 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 72
Bender-Axen
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 130
Steel Crazy
Sport 4 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 38
Chiboni
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 55
Fort Stress
Sport 4 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 42
MoMo Buttress
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 45
El Curvo
Sport
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 32
Swing Set
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 79
Unattended Consequences
Sport
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 27
Raven Maniac
Sport
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 49
Gettin' Off The Porch
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 72
Hard Day at The Orifice
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 59
Orifice Politics
Sport
5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c
 28
Coup d'etat
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Black Quacker Rappel Rock
 69
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 5 pitches
Standard Route Rappel Rock
 74
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 4 pitches
Bender-Axen Rappel Rock
 72
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Steel Crazy Fortress > Southeast Face
 130
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport 4 pitches
Chiboni Rappel Rock
 38
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Fort Stress Fortress > Southeast Face
 55
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport 4 pitches
MoMo Buttress Ravens
 42
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
El Curvo Ravens
 45
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
Swing Set Ravens
 32
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
Unattended Consequences Fortress > Orifice Wall
 79
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Raven Maniac Ravens
 27
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Gettin' Off The Porch Fortress > Orifice Wall
 49
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Hard Day at The Orifice Fortress > Orifice Wall
 72
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Orifice Politics Fortress > Orifice Wall
 59
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Coup d'etat Fortress > Orifice Wall
 28
5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c Sport
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