8 - Summit Crags Rock Climbing
Toofast enjoying a bit of winter near the summit
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.
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).
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]
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Block Party 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
: Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin...
: ... : The Ravens
Found in the awe inspiring chimney between Raven B and Raven C Block Party rises 95ft. Start from the prominent chokestones and stem for 25 feet on dubious rock to the first bolt. From here continue to stem, clipping the second bolt, before finally committing to the vertical face of Raven B. Delicate, interesting, and sometimes mentally committing moves lead to a no hands rest. Savor this rest before engaging the crimps and edges of the crux. From the undercling trend right on Fort...[more] Browse More Classics in Arizona
The summit crags, from left to right: Rappel Rock,...
Jun 13, 2012
+1 Andy. Lots and lots of other crags on the Lemmon. Be patient everyone.