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, Brian Boyd

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

592 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
 100
Moral Ambiguity
Sport
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 87
Hindsight is 2020
Sport
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 121
St. Valentines Day Massacre
Trad, Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 118
Guanica
Sport 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 110
Spontaneous Conga Line
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 104
Walking the Plank
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 80
With a Bullet
Sport
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 57
Blood Book
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 74
Medicine Bag
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 70
Virgin's Airline
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 73
Black Feather
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 71
English Breakfast Crack
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 108
Go Speed Racer
Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 153
Armed Robbery
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 79
Sentenced To Hang
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Moral Ambiguity Crags Against H… > Draw Pile.
 100
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Hindsight is 2020 Crags Against H… > Draw Pile.
 87
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
St. Valentines Day Massacre Prison Camp (Go… > Mr. Meanor Wall
 121
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Trad, Sport
Guanica Hairpin Turn Area > Left Hand Wall
 118
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport 2 pitches
Spontaneous Conga Line Crags Against H… > Draw Pile.
 110
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Walking the Plank Crags Against H… > Draw Pile.
 104
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
With a Bullet Crags Against H… > Draw Pile.
 80
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Blood Book Forgotten Wall, Contr…
 57
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Medicine Bag Ruins
 74
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Virgin's Airline Forgotten Wall, Contr…
 70
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Black Feather Ruins
 73
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
English Breakfast Crack Sun Spot Crags
 71
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Go Speed Racer Hairpin Turn Area > Pinhead Wall
 108
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
Armed Robbery Prison Camp (Go… > Jailhouse Rock
 153
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
Sentenced To Hang Prison Camp (Go… > Jailhouse Rock
 79
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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