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Elevation: 2,500 ft 762 m
GPS: 32.33746, -110.69046
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Description Suggest change

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 Suggest change

From Tanque Verde Road take the Catalina HIghway (General Hitchcock Highway) heading NNE.

736 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.
V8-9 7B+
 8
Hammer of Hate
Boulder
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 145
Guanica
Sport 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 176
Walking the Plank
Sport
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 71
Blood Book
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 87
Virgin's Airline
Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 75
Family Affair
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 90
Black Feather
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 142
Go Speed Racer
Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 176
Armed Robbery
Sport
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 64
Solar E-clips
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 11
When In Rome
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 12
While Rome Burned
Sport
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 6
Carpe Diem
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 92
Sentenced To Hang
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 26
Treason on the Tiber
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Hammer of Hate Molino Basin Boulders
 8
V8-9 7B+ Boulder
Guanica Hairpin Turn Area > Left Hand Wall
 145
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport 2 pitches
Walking the Plank Crags Against H… > Draw Pile.
 176
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Blood Book Forgotten Wall, Contr…
 71
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Virgin's Airline Forgotten Wall, Contr…
 87
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Family Affair Hairpin Turn Area > Backhand Wall
 75
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Black Feather Ruins
 90
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Go Speed Racer Hairpin Turn Area > Pinhead Wall
 142
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
Armed Robbery Prison Camp (Go… > Jailhouse Rock
 176
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
Solar E-clips Sun Spot Crags
 64
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
When In Rome Colosseum > Pantheon
 11
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
While Rome Burned Colosseum > Obelisk
 12
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Carpe Diem Colosseum > Obelisk
 6
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Sentenced To Hang Prison Camp (Go… > Jailhouse Rock
 92
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Treason on the Tiber Colosseum > Aqueducts
 26
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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