Elevation: 2,500 ft
GPS: 32.337, -110.69 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: James DeRoussel on Jul 11, 2010
Admins: Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick

Description

This area covers climbs from the bottom of the highway (milepost 0) up to Kessler's Corner (milepost 8.6).

The lower portion of the Catalina Highway offers varied climbing in a Sonoran Desert setting. Warm temps among towering saguaro cactus make climbing here a unique experience.

Rock quality in this area tends to be poorer and more varied than higher on the mountain, so take that under consideration. Still, in the winter months, the crags here are hard to beat for climate and accessibility.

Getting There

Catalina Highway

564 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at 1 - Lower Highway

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 82
Solitary
Sport, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 89
Moral Ambiguity
Sport
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 74
A Big Black Deck
Sport
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 115
St. Valentines Day Massacre
Trad, Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 104
Guanica
Sport 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 88
Spontaneous Conga Line
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 81
Walking the Plank
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 68
With a Bullet
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 78
40 to Life
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 60
Virgin's Airline
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 64
Black Feather
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 66
English Breakfast Crack
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 97
Go Speed Racer
Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 138
Armed Robbery
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 70
Sentenced To Hang
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Solitary Prison Camp (Go… > Alcatraz Wall
 82
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport, TR
Moral Ambiguity Crags Against H… > Draw Pile.
 89
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
A Big Black Deck Crags Against H… > Draw Pile.
 74
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
St. Valentines Day Massacre Prison Camp (Go… > Mr. Meanor Wall
 115
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Trad, Sport
Guanica Hairpin Turn Area > Left Hand Wall
 104
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport 2 pitches
Spontaneous Conga Line Crags Against H… > Draw Pile.
 88
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Walking the Plank Crags Against H… > Draw Pile.
 81
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
With a Bullet Crags Against H… > Draw Pile.
 68
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
40 to Life Prison Camp (Go… > Mr. Meanor Wall
 78
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Virgin's Airline Forgotten Wall, Contr…
 60
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Black Feather Ruins
 64
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
English Breakfast Crack Sun Spot Crags
 66
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Go Speed Racer Pinhead Wall
 97
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
Armed Robbery Prison Camp (Go… > Jailhouse Rock
 138
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
Sentenced To Hang Prison Camp (Go… > Jailhouse Rock
 70
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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