Hairpin Turn Area Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: Parking Pull Off, the climbing area is beyond the ...
The Hairpin Turn Area
is a popular moderate sport and mixed climbing venue due to easy access both in terms of drive time and approach. Located at almost the same elevation as Tucson and with a variety of aspects one can comfortably climb here three seasons: late fall, winter, and early spring.
Caution should be used as a number of the routes are mixed, meaning traditional gear is required in addition to quickdraws. Since the rock quality is poor, climbers should move with awareness and helmets are recommended for belayers. One should also be cognizant of bee activity. There is a known hive near either the Forehand Wall
or the Left Hand Wall
and there has been a serious attack.
The breakdown of the area is as follows:
- Forehand Wall: The first wall on the left. Three sport routes, two of which have a second pitch. This wall faces east and receives sun until mid-afternoon.
- Left Hand Wall: The second wall on the left. Sport, mixed, and traditional lines. This wall faces east and receives sun until mid-afternoon.
- Backhand Wall: The third wall on the left. This wall, which is around the corner, boasts eight sport lines. Since this wall is north facing it sees little to no sun.
- Tweener Wall The forth and last wall on the left. There are presently four routes, one of which requires gear. This wall faces south.
- Right Hand wall & Hairpin: The impressive hairpin-like tower and the wall immediately to the right. These routes are less traveled due to the harder grades and longer approach. That said Rosie is likely the area's best line.
Additional nearby climbing options, which all use the same parking pullout:
To reach the Hairpin Turn Area
use the parking pullout at mile marker 0.5. This parking pullout is prior to a sharp hairpin turn in the road, before the highway gains elevation, and next to the Coronado National Forest sign. The cliffs comprising the area are essentially the first encountered. Cross the road and hike up the wash through the boulder field. From front to back the following walls will be on your left: Forehand
, Left Hand
, and Tweener
. To the right is the Right Hand Wall & Hairpin Rock
and the Becquening Wall.
Approaches range from 10-25 minutes.
Climbing Season For the 1 - Lower Highway area.
Weather station 4.0 miles from here
35 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',19],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',2]
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