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3 - Windy Point East Rock Climbing 


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Description 

According to Squeezing the Lemmon II, "this short section of the highway is from milepost 13.6 to 13.8 (edited) and has the greatest concentration of climbs anywhere on the mountain". Most of the cliffs found here are east-facing, but there are exceptions, so comfortable microclimates can be found in all but the hottest times of the year.

Windy Point is a vista/overlook spot where one can see the entire Tucson valley, making it a popular stop for tourists. Parking and bathrooms can be found here, as well as a plethora of high quality climbing routes.






Getting There 

Catalina Highway.

Most of the climbs can be best accessed by parking in the large lot at Windy Point, or in one of the pullouts just downhill from Windy Point proper. See individual crag descriptions for best approach.

Climbing Season



Weather station 3.4 miles from here

157 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',33],['2 Stars',72],['1 Star',40],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',4],['5.7',9],['5.8',17],['5.9',15],['5.10',47],['5.11',36],['5.12',18],['5.13',5],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',2],['V2-3',1],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in 3 - Windy Point East

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for 3 - Windy Point East:
Rabbit Tracks   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Turret Rock and Environs
North Face   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Hitchcock Pinnacle
Caterpiller Corner   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Turret Rock and Environs
R-3   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 100'   Rupley Towers
R-1   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 120'   Rupley Towers
R-4   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 130'   Rupley Towers
Space Cowboy   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 75'   Wind Wall
Bop Til You Drop   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 140'   Rupley Towers
Desire   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R     Trad, 1 pitch, 180'   Nurd Rock
Birthday Girl   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Anduriel Tower
Lizard Marmalade Direct   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 135'   Punch and Judy Towers
Just Do It   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Punch and Judy Towers
Steve's Arete   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Hunchback Pinnacle
Good To Go   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Punch and Judy Towers
Arizona Flyways   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Anduriel Tower
Holey Moley   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 80'   New Wave Wall
Green Ripper   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Hunchback Pinnacle
Honker   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Big Pine Towers - East Face
Tsunami   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   New Wave Wall
New Wave Direct   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 50'   New Wave Wall
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Rock Climbing Photo: Dustin Payne contemplating the blankness

Wild Thing 5.13b/c 8a+ 29 X- 30 E7 6c  Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : ... : Tin Can Alley
This phenomenal line may be the best at the grade on the mountain. Cast off through precarious terrain to the high first bolt. Clip one more and begin tackling the mind blowingly blank face through immediately difficult and varied sequences. Fierce and unrelentingly technical climbing on a variety of holds brings you to two vicious cruxes stacked at around the 80ft mark. Wildy big moves bring you to the chains. Its not over till its over....[more]   Browse More Classics in Arizona

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Rock Climbing Photo: Sunset at Windy Point
Sunset at Windy Point
Rock Climbing Photo: The best place to watch the sun set
The best place to watch the sun set
Rock Climbing Photo: Mount Lemmon Hwy and Tucson beyond, Mt. Lemmon
Mount Lemmon Hwy and Tucson beyond, Mt. Lemmon
Rock Climbing Photo: windy point
windy point
Rock Climbing Photo: Hitchcock Pinnacle just before reaching Windy Poin...
Hitchcock Pinnacle just before reaching Windy Poin...

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