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Elevation: 7,200'
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BETA PHOTO: the Outcroppings. Once you identify em, you can s...


Outcroppings is comprised of three walls, each distinct in character and aptly named: Cave Crag, Incinerated Ridge Wall, and Tall Wall. This area was developed around 2007-2008 by Tony Lusk, Tony Horness, Andy Tretiakoff, and Dave Weeks.

The crags are generally south facing, but at this elevation should be climbable on all but the hottest days of summer. The rest of the year should be ideal assuming it's not snowed in. Rock quality is generally excellent with a few exceptions, particularly on Cave Crag. Climbs range in grade from about 5.6-5.10 and most everything is bolted.

Getting There 

Take Mt Lemmon highway to MP 20 to Organization Ridge road, park at Palisades Trailhead parking, walk 50' south to drainage on east side, go uphill to black stump, follow cairns east then south through the scout camp, to the top of the crags. ~25 minutes

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.1 miles from here

35 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',25],['1 Star',9],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Outcroppings

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Outcroppings:
Thought's of Strassman And Cochise   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 2 pitches, 195'   Tall Wall
Surfing With the Alien   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 2 pitches, 195'   Tall Wall
Shadows of the Mind   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Cave Wall
Lay Blackie   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   Incinerated Ridge
Matterhorness   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Cave Wall
Hornass Nest   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Cave Wall
Pissed off Mofo   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Cave Wall
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Rock Climbing Photo: go PAST the drainage until you see the trail marke...
BETA PHOTO: go PAST the drainage until you see the trail marke...
Rock Climbing Photo: Used Garmin to track our route back from Tall Wall
BETA PHOTO: Used Garmin to track our route back from Tall Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: You should be able to pick up the trail and cairns...
You should be able to pick up the trail and cairns...

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By Jon Ruland
From: Tucson, AZ
Jun 8, 2010
do not go up the drainage! you will just get lost like we did the first time. go PAST the drainage until you reach the trail shown in the photo. follow the trail over the hill to the crag, 20 minutes or so from the road. the trail itself is at least 100 feet from the parking area. maybe 50 feet past the drainage.
By Ben Beard
From: Superior, AZ
Aug 22, 2011
I may be wrong, but I believe that the pull off (going up the highway) to the Palisades Trailhead is after MP 19. The pulloff is on your left side going uphill, just before the Pasilades Visitor Center. Go down a gravel road for about a mile or so to the Palisades Trailhead sign.
By Antoine Horness
From: Tucson, AZ
Sep 23, 2011
I just got a call that there are some loose bolts on Pali Gap and Lords of Karma. DO NOT CLIMB ON THESE 2 ROUTES UNTIL I GET THIS FIXED.

I am going to go to the routes tomorrow and will assess what needs to be done. I will probably pull all of the hangers off tomorrow.
By Antoine Horness
From: Tucson, AZ
Sep 25, 2011
The anchors and hangers have been pulled from Lords of Karma and Pali Gap due to a report from a climber of loose bolts. Yesterday, I checked all of the anchors, hangers and bolts by shock loading them with a Grigri backup and could find no loose bolts. Some of the hangers and one of the anchors needed routine tightening. I don't think there is anything wrong but shut down the routes and pulled the anchors and hangers
By Gerry Cook
From: Tucson, Arizona
Jan 18, 2014
Found a Stanley flashlight on the road near the gate on 1/12/14. If you're missing yours let me know.
By rob bauer
From: Golden, CO
Feb 6, 2014
Hard to believe this area wasn't in the Squeezing the Lemmon book. Easy to see it from lots of places on the road, once you recognize it. Directions are pretty good BUT, there's a gate at the top of the Organization Ridge Road (right by the Boy Scout Camp gate) which is apparently closed in the winter, so be prepared to walk down the dirt road for a ways before finding that well-cairned trail off left.
By Jimbo
Feb 7, 2014
Well lets see, most of the routes at the Outcroppings were put up in 2008. Squeezing the Lemmon II came out in 2000. That might be why there not in there.
Eric's a fairly forward thinking guy but that's asking a lot.
By Gerry Cook
From: Tucson, Arizona
May 4, 2015
On 5-3-15 Found a Pro-tec helmet near the parking area usually used for The Outcroppings. If you lost it, ask for it at Rocks & Ropes.
By Paul Zander
From: Neuchatel, CH
Apr 9, 2016
After about 10-15 minutes of walking down the trail, we encountered a junction with a large cairn. Left leads to the boyscout wall. Straight ahead leads to the outcroppings. I had a blast climbing the long pitches on the tall wall! Our party fixed a line at the top which made for quick single strand descents - everyone got to lead, and an easy double rope rap at the end of the day.

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