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Areas in Hairpin Turn Area

Backhand Wall 1 / 10 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Forehand Wall 0 / 3 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Left Hand Wall 5 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Right Hand Wall & Hairpin 4 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
Tweener Wall 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3

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
 36
Susey's Groovy
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 5
G-1
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 79
Guanica
Sport 2 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 28
Freelance Tramps (Variation)
Sport
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 44
Big Bull
Sport, TR
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 34
Family Affair
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 23
Bosch it
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 6
Triangulate
Trad, Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 6
Grey Wales
Sport
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 32
GAC Rulz
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 16
Rosie
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 11
Grid Iron
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 11
Grid Locked
Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 5
OH Crack
Trad, Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 16
Moms Rock
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Susey's Groovy Left Hand Wall
 36
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
G-1 Tweener Wall
 5
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Guanica Left Hand Wall
 79
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport 2 pitches
Freelance Tramps (Variation) Left Hand Wall
 28
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Big Bull Backhand Wall
 44
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, TR
Family Affair Backhand Wall
 34
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Bosch it Backhand Wall
 23
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Triangulate Backhand Wall
 6
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, Sport
Grey Wales Backhand Wall
 6
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
GAC Rulz Backhand Wall
 32
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Rosie Right Hand Wall & Hai…
 16
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Grid Iron Backhand Wall
 11
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Grid Locked Backhand Wall
 11
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
OH Crack Right Hand Wall & Hai…
 5
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad, Sport
Moms Rock Backhand Wall
 16
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
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