Elevation: 3,184 ft
GPS: 32.31456, -110.74273
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Shared By: Hendrixson on Jan 17, 2014
Admins: adrian montano, Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, Brian Boyd, JJ Schlick, Kemper Brightman

Description

The Hairpin Turn Area is a popular moderate sport and mixed climbing venue due to easy access both in terms of drive time and approach. Located at almost the same elevation as Tucson and with a variety of aspects one can comfortably climb here three seasons: late fall, winter, and early spring.

Caution should be used as a number of the routes are mixed, meaning traditional gear is required in addition to quickdraws. Since the rock quality is poor, climbers should move with awareness and helmets are recommended for belayers. One should also be cognizant of bee activity. There is a known hive near either the Forehand Wall or the Left Hand Wall and there has been a serious attack.

The breakdown of the area is as follows:

  • Forehand Wall: The first wall on the left. Three sport routes, two of which have a second pitch. This wall faces east and receives sun until mid-afternoon.
  • Left Hand Wall: The second wall on the left. Sport, mixed, and traditional lines. This wall faces east and receives sun until mid-afternoon.
  • Backhand Wall: The third wall on the left. This wall, which is around the corner, boasts eight sport lines. Since this wall is north facing it sees little to no sun.
  • Tweener Wall The forth and last wall on the left. There are presently four routes, one of which requires gear. This wall faces south.
  • Right Hand wall & Hairpin: The impressive hairpin-like tower and the wall immediately to the right. These routes are less traveled due to the harder grades and longer approach. That said Rosie is likely the area's best line.

Additional nearby climbing options, which all use the same parking pullout:

Getting There

To reach the Hairpin Turn Area use the parking pullout at mile marker 0.5. This parking pullout is prior to a sharp hairpin turn in the road, before the highway gains elevation, and next to the Coronado National Forest sign. The cliffs comprising the area are essentially the first encountered. Cross the road and hike up the wash through the boulder field. From front to back the following walls will be on your left: Forehand, Left Hand, Backhand, and Tweener. To the right is the Right Hand Wall & Hairpin Rock and the Becquening Wall.

Approaches range from 10-25 minutes.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Hairpin Turn Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 45
Midget Magic
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 54
Susey's Groovy
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 132
Guanica
Sport 2 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 67
Meteor Shower
Sport 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 44
Freelance Tramps (Variation)
Sport
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 76
Grecian Corner
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 60
Big Bull
Sport, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 37
Needle Noggin
Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 65
Family Affair
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 37
Bosch it
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 127
Go Speed Racer
Sport
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 41
GAC Rulz
Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 29
Moms Rock
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 25
Arterial Flow
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 34
Critics Choice
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Midget Magic Backhand Wall
 45
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Susey's Groovy Left Hand Wall
 54
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Guanica Left Hand Wall
 132
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport 2 pitches
Meteor Shower Forehand Wall
 67
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport 2 pitches
Freelance Tramps (Variation) Left Hand Wall
 44
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Grecian Corner Pinhead Wall
 76
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Big Bull Backhand Wall
 60
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport, TR
Needle Noggin Pinhead Wall
 37
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Family Affair Backhand Wall
 65
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Bosch it Backhand Wall
 37
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Go Speed Racer Pinhead Wall
 127
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
GAC Rulz Backhand Wall
 41
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Moms Rock Backhand Wall
 29
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
Arterial Flow Pinhead Wall
 25
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Critics Choice Pinhead Wall
 34
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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