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2 - Bear Canyon

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2 - Bear Canyon Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 5,000'
Location: 32.37349, -110.69243 View Map  Incorrect?
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BETA PHOTO: Friction Rock, as seen from Chimney Rock.

Description 

This area covers climbs located from Kessler's Corner (milepost 8.7) up to Rollinstone
(milepost 13.3).

Bear Canyon, due to it's exposure, provides a shady setting among ponderosa pine surprisingly low on the mountain. A number of quality crags are found here including Chimney Rock, which hosts some uber-classic trad pitches, and Friction Rock, home to one of the Catalinas perennial ice climbs, The Stain.

Camping and restrooms are available here as well.

Getting There 

Catalina Highway

Climbing Season



Weather station 3.2 miles from here

284 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',58],['2 Stars',138],['1 Star',71],['Bomb',5]
['<=5.6',10],['5.7',22],['5.8',24],['5.9',45],['5.10',69],['5.11',52],['5.12',20],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',15],['V2-3',17],['V4-5',5],['V6-7',3],['V8-9',1],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in 2 - Bear Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for 2 - Bear Canyon:
George's Buttress   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   Chimney Rock
Standard Route   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 5 pitches, 200'   Chimney Rock
Here and Gone   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Green Slabs Area : Green Slabs (South Face)
Puppy Chow   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Lost Hawk
Hell is for Heros   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 220'   Pharaoh
FIUTT   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     , 2 pitches, 200'   Chimney Rock
Mistaken Identity   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Chimney Rock
Chihuahua Power   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Lost Hawk
Stoner's Boner   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Chimney Rock
Centerpiece   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Chimney Rock
Trick or Treat   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 120'   Hearthstone
Cripple Creek   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches   Pharaoh
Crows Nest   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 220'   Chimney Rock
Single Lens Reflex   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Chimney Rock
Pitfalls of Hesitation   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 3 pitches   Agave Spires Area : Hawk's Bill Spire
Two Kings And A Pawn   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   Chessman Area : 4 - Queen
Malt Liquor Man   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Andy Cook Wall
Rain   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Andy Cook Wall
Randy Cook Lives!   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 80'   Andy Cook Wall
King's Arete   5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Chessman Area : 2 - King
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Rock Climbing Photo: Dudes on Chihuahua Power

Chihuahua Power 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  AZ : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : ... : Lost Hawk
An obvious line up the pretty right side of the highest pinnacle in the area (to the right of Puppy Chow). Solid face climbing with some nice exposure. The route is pretty sustained throughout though the crux seemed to be just before the last bolt. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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By steven sadler
From: SLC, UT
Dec 5, 2012
I'm seeing some pictures of a lot of snow in this area. Is it too cold to climb here in December?
By 1Eric Rhicard
Dec 5, 2012
Not until next week. Even then you could climb at Chimney Rock if the sun is out. We are having unseasonably warm temps this year. When it gets cold you might have to climb lower on the mountain as Bear canyon is usually colder than most places on the mountain at that elevation.