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8 - Summit Crags Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 8,500'
Location: 32.4325, -110.796 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

The Summit Crags, as the name implies, are located near the uppermost elevations of Mount Lemmon. They are home to some of the longest and highest quality routes in the Santa Catalinas.

The seasonal raptor nesting closures limit the season here to late summer and autumn. Be particularly aware of afternoon storms and lightning if visiting this area early in the season.


Getting There 

Driving up the Catalina Highway, turn right on the road to the ski valley. Continue past the ski valley, through a gate, and down a rough paved road. Drive to the gravel parking lot on the left just before the observatory. Park here and continue on foot, up the road, following the 'trail' sign. (Stay left when you see the sign at the observatory).

Climbing Season



Weather station 4.3 miles from here

121 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',11],['3 Stars',44],['2 Stars',47],['1 Star',17],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',11],['5.8',11],['5.9',16],['5.10',27],['5.11',33],['5.12',15],['5.13',6],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in 8 - Summit Crags

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for 8 - Summit Crags:
Black Quacker   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 450'   Rappel Rock
Standard Route   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 4 pitches, 450'   Rappel Rock
Bender-Axen   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Rappel Rock
Steel Crazy   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 4 pitches, 450'   The Fortress : Southeast Face
Chiboni   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Rappel Rock
Fort Stress   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 4 pitches, 400'   The Fortress : Southeast Face
El Curvo   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 130'   The Ravens
Helm's Deep   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   Rappel Rock
Voodoo Child   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Rappel Rock
Sir Clipalot   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 3 pitches, 240'   The Fortress : Southeast Face
Swing Set   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 140'   The Ravens
Baradur   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   Rappel Rock
Raven Maniac   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 140'   The Ravens
Hard Day at The Orifice   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   The Fortress : Orifice Wall
Orifice Politics   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 105'   The Fortress : Orifice Wall
Eureka   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 75'   The Fortress : Orifice Wall
Heel-A Monster   5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c     Sport, 100'   The Fortress : Orifice Wall
Coup de' tat   5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c     Sport, 100'   The Fortress : Orifice Wall
In Search of Silence   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 120'   The Fortress : Orifice Wall
Granite of the Apes   5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c     Sport, 90'   The Fortress : Orifice Wall
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Featured Route For 8 - Summit Crags
Rock Climbing Photo: It's a looong way down.

Hard Day at The Orifice 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b  AZ : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : ... : Orifice Wall
Follow the general directions given to get to The Fortress but don't go down the gully. Just as the trail starts down the east side of The Fortress follow the ledge around the left side and you will find a safety cable. This cable will lead to another cable that will guide you safely down to the climbs.The Orifice is in the running for one of the mountains best sport climbs. This route has a huge exposure factor (laugh at your friends when they get needlessly scared), some great jug hauling and ...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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By Jimbo
Jun 13, 2012
+1 Andy. Lots and lots of other crags on the Lemmon. Be patient everyone.