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Mount Bigelow Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 8,500'
Location: 32.4156, -110.7141 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Chris Prewitt on Oct 21, 2009
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At an elevation of over 8500’, Mount Bigelow is one of the tallest peaks in the Santa Catalina range. A series of maintained gravel roads means easy access to free camping, good hiking, and incredible climbing. The road is gated from December 31 - March 1st, but a trail up from the ranger station still allows access during this time.

Getting There 

Just over a mile after the Palisade ranger station make a right onto Mount Bigelow Rd (milepost 21). At the first intersection make a right (gate), then at the next intersection stay to the left (the middle road has good camping). Follow this to the trailhead parking at the top of Bigelow.

Climbing Season

For the 7 - Upper Highway area.

Weather station 0.2 miles from here

15 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Mount Bigelow

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Mount Bigelow:
Pocket Protector   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 60'   Trundle Pinnacle
Wing Development   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 60'   Trundle Pinnacle
Other Side of the Fence   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 80'   Butterfly Wall
Iron Butterfly   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   Butterfly Wall
Firefly   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 115'   Butterfly Wall
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Featured Route For Mount Bigelow
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Iron Butterfly 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : ... : Butterfly Wall
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By Geir
From: Tucson, AZ
Oct 23, 2009
wow! nice work adding all those routes!! can't wait to climb them. :)
By Steve Pulver
From: Williston, ND
Jul 29, 2011
I think I may have left a climbing shoe here last Sun. If you find it, just leave it. I'll be back to look for it.
By Marcy
From: Tempe/Tuscon, AZ
Jul 29, 2011
Hey Steve this guy may have your shoe...check this out . Cheers and happy climbing!
By Mitch Beiser
Mar 1, 2015
Came here a while ago, I would like to go back this summer again. I think this place definitely deserves a more established and cleaned up trail. If anyone has interest come this summer let me know!

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