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  • This will be a work in progress over the next couple weeks so please email me with any details I'm missing. To quote Chris Prewitt "Route names are given here to help simplify organization and navigation. There is no intention to claim an unrightful FA. Any additional background on the climbing history here is encouraged."

This is an excellent spot to find a large variety of bouldering in a concentrated area. It has the advantages of a short approach, it's low on the mountain so there is no fee to park and the temps are perfect for the winter though the canyon will be shady in the afternoon and it can get a little cool for some without the sun.

In the summer it's proven to be a great place to night boulder though I would be overly careful to look out for critters and double check any crack you stick your fingers into as I've seen all kinda of spiders and scorpions.

Getting There 

This is the first sharp turn on your way up Mount Lemmon, just after you pass the sign for Lemmon and the houses on the right there will be a long pull out on the right hand side, park there. If you see mile post 1 you have gone too far. Cross the road and pick up the trail on the left side of the guard rail.

I will be adding a topo of many of the boulders and as much info as I can over the next couple days.

Climbing Season

For the 1 - Lower Highway area.

Weather station 4.0 miles from here

56 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',30],['1 Star',12],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Hairpin Boulders

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Hairpin Boulders:
Cactus Eater   V0-1 4+     Boulder   Roof
Heal Hooks   V1+ 5     Boulder   The Cave
Chiuy Senter    V1+ 5     Boulder   Marble Cake
Archaeopteryx   V4 6B     Boulder   Roof
New Moon   V5 6C     Boulder   The Stealth
Hairpin Roof   V6 7A     Boulder   Roof
Hairpin Roof Right   V7-8 7B     Boulder   Roof
Cop Killa   V8 7B     Boulder   Roof
Block Obama   V10 7C+     Boulder   The Cave
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Hairpin Roof V6 7A  Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : ... : Roof
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Photos of Hairpin Boulders Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Dark Side of the Moon on the Stealth boulder
Dark Side of the Moon on the Stealth boulder
Rock Climbing Photo: Another topo
Another topo
Rock Climbing Photo: Hatchet Man on the Stealth boulder
Hatchet Man on the Stealth boulder
Rock Climbing Photo: Very good topo
Very good topo

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By Matt Fowls
From: Tucson, Arizona
Jan 17, 2013
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