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Mariposita Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 7,450'
Location: 32.42798, -110.73622 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: jbak on Aug 7, 2017
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This easy-access crag turned out to be surprisingly good. Every climber who has hiked the Butterfly Trail has seen it and wondered... hmmm... what is that like ? Dennis Cozetti and crew put up a couple of routes. And Joe Shiefman and Joe Kreidel looked at it and passed on it. I looked at it and figured I'd come back after doing the TriTower. Then Eric Rhicard and I came back and thought "yeah". And then Eric went nuts putting up new stuff !

The rock is kind of weird. Lots of loose stuff and hard to predict what will break. Some of it is like very dense mud... TriTower has that too. But it makes for cool hold geometry.

Afternoons are shady. As the sun moves south for the winter the shade should arrive earlier and earlier.

Getting There 

Park at the Butterfly Trail parking (on the right just before Raycreation parking). 10 min down the trail puts you by the crag. 5 more min puts you at the base.

The "easy" trail leaves the Butterfly Trail before you can even see the crag. Keep an eye out for a clear area to the left as you are hiking down the Bfly Trail. There are downed trees and a cairn with a clearing beyond the downed trees. At the bottom of the clearing is a large cairn. Go left (west) to get to the bottom of the crag. Go right (east) to get to the top.

If you miss this trail, you will soon get to the old trail, and you can see the top of the crag. From here you can either backtrack to the "easy" trail, or go down to the top of the crag and then figure things out for yourself.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.3 miles from here

1 Total Climbing Routes

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

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