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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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for 8 - Summit Crags:
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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
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.