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Shared By: 1Eric Rhicard on Oct 27, 2012 with updates from hdjohnson
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This is a small crag with long routes so bring a 70M rope. It is east southeast facing and gets a lot of sun until later in the day. Depending on the time of year the cliff has a waterfall/water streak running down it that has patches of beautiful green moss hanging from it. At the bottom of the waterfall is a small to large 10X10 pool and a lot of green grass. During the Monsoon sections may be unclimbable due to the waterfalls output.

The cliff itself is 115 feet tall and despite a broken appearance the climbing remains fun even when the difficulties ease. The rock is pretty unusual for Mount Lemmon with a coarse sandpaper like texture at the bottom and smoother holds higher up. There are a lot of in cut edges which keeps the climbing relatively easy and fun even when it looks like it will get hard.

Getting There

Approach is around the perimeter of the Boyscout camp. It is a bit tricky but we are trying to minimize any trouble with the Boyscouts. If you want a yellow brick road to the crag go to another area.

Turn left on the Organization Ridge Road just before the Palisades ranger station. The first camp on the left is the Scout camp. Park on the left near the entrance to the the camp. Walk toward parking lot for the camp but stay left of it. You will be on an overgrown road bed. This leads to a road that passes very close to a cabin about 200 yards from where you parked. Follow the road past the cabin where it curves left (east). It will curve around to the right after 100 yards or so and you want to be looking left for a light road which will take you 150 feet to a new water tank. If you miss the turn the road will lead you into a small bowl and the road will take you back to the water tank. 50 feet S. of the water tank is a faint trail that leads east from the road. This takes you to a big fire ring on a flat area.

From here you want to contour S. or right following cairns about 250 yards looking for a decent trail that heads downhill. This leads to the top of the cliff after 200 yards or so. It will eventually Tee. If you go right it the trail will take you to the bottom of the cliff that the scouts use for climbing and rappelling. Continue past the uninspiring low angle rock until the hillside drops way off and you can see the tall section where the climbs are. If you go left at the tee it will lead you to some terraced logs that are just above the cliff top. You can work your way left past the stream to the top of the section of the wall the best routes are on. Continue off the north end. and work your way to the base. Either way you go you will have to negotiate a short section of steep downhill scrambling.

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Tempe/Tuscon, AZ
Marcy -   Tempe/Tuscon, AZ
Fun place and routes in a beautiful area! Thanks EFR, Jim, and company for your hard work. Jun 7, 2013
Beautiful, fun little crag ideal for folks climbing 5.10.

Finding this wall is a little tricky, so I put together a google earth file to help. It can be downloaded here:


The final descent to the wall is exposed; be careful and/or rope up if you feel it is necessary. Jun 7, 2013
1Eric Rhicard
1Eric Rhicard   Tucson
Descent is not exposed if you drop down to the base of the main wall instead of cutting over to the middle of the wall. Most people will miss the hard left Geir (gooole image) took and end up at the left end of the cliff. From here you just traverse the base until you get to a steep scramble down to the start of the routes. Jun 7, 2013
Oh good thanks Eric. I updated the map to show the location of the better approach. Jun 7, 2013
On our approach we went left when we should have gone right and rapping in seemed like a better option than a loose 4th class down-scramble, being that there were plenty of high quality SS glue-ins every 6-8 feet for TR. There is a lot of low angle terrain next to the steep wall above the climb, so I would suggest bringing a second rope and leaving it set up TR for easy entrance/escape. Jul 14, 2013
1Eric Rhicard
1Eric Rhicard   Tucson
If you were rapping off the BS anchors you were not close to where you need to descend. Simply walk to the far end of the low angle wall then traverse under it until you can down climb to the base of the larger steeper wall. I suggest this for two reasons: it is easily done and it will minimize the possibility of negative interactions with the boy scouts if they want to use the low angle wall. Thanks for the cooperation. Jul 15, 2013
Justin Headley   Tucson
I've been here twice and both times, my partner and I break off a lot pieces of rock. We've both had footholds give out. Bring helmets! Sep 13, 2014
jaspur Chafer
jaspur Chafer   tucson,az
Great little crag. Routes are all pretty easy. Few hard moves and then fun features everywhere. I'd say it's the perfect crag for the 5.8/9 aspiring leader. I think a solid 5.8 climber could get any of these accept maybe scout stout. The wall is cool. The lower wall has great features and grips. Hard to see till your right on them. The upper section is easier. But just beautiful features. So fun. Mostly 5.8ish except the section on stout has a few 9 moves. Great crag over all. I usually round up if I feel they deserve 2.5 but I couldn't here. But I think all the climbs here are. Love the rock.beautiful setting. I do think the climbs are overgraded some. All are mostly few move wonders. Watch out for the choss. Was raining pebbles all day. Helmets advised. Thank you gentlemen for another winner. I'll be back for the 2 I missed. Dec 2, 2014
Antoine Horness
Tucson, AZ
Antoine Horness   Tucson, AZ
Fun area - thanks EFR and Jim Scott for putting up some nice long routes.

We had a couple of holds break off on lead - definitely bring helmets! May 18, 2015
Glad you liked them Tony. They are all 1 or 2 star routes but they make for a fun day in a nice setting.

Having read the comments above I have to wonder why everyone keeps finding holds to pull off. I was out there last week. We did every route but the far right one and none of the 3 of us broke a single hold, and one of our party had never been there before and was climbing close to her limit on the harder routes. I hadn't been there since last fall so it's not like I have anything wired so I know just the right holds to use.

Do people just climb way left or way right from the line of bolts? Or do climbers just yank and crank with no thought about the hold they're using?

I'm not trying to be judgmental or demeaning I'm truly curious why EFR and I can climb a route many times and never break a hold while others seem to break holds all the time. What is the difference in our approach to a climb to that of other climbers?

This happens all the time at areas all over the mountain. Any thoughts would be much appreciated. May 18, 2015
jbak .
jbak .   tucson,az
Jim, here's my theory. Having been raised doing longer, rarely done routes, sometimes in remote mountains, I learned very early on to constantly judge the goodness of holds. I finally got to the point where I don't even _SEE_ bad holds anymore. It's like my mind just filters them out. If I don't use them, I don't break them.

I was belaying someone at the Tool Shed once and they were complaining about dangerous loose rock on one route. I didn't even know what they were talking about because I just filtered it out. I said "hey clean it then".

I suspect you and Efer have similar filtering going on.

Notice that I did not use the term "gym climber" ! May 18, 2015
Justin Headley   Tucson
There's a new way to get to this crag that doesn't require you to trespass through the camp. Park like you're going to Outcroppings and start down that trail. After about 15 minutes of hiking, there's a very large cairn and another trail that branches left. If you go straight, you'll go to Outcroppings, but if you take the left trail, it'll take you to Boyscout Wall. Whoever made this trail, thank you. Apr 13, 2016