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Pima Canyon Area Rock Climbing 

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BETA PHOTO: Boulders abound in Pima Canyon - South Mountain

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Pima Canyon has the highest concentration of problems in South Mountain. Although considered a choss pile by some, the well travelled routes are generally free from breakage. Some of the less travelled routes should be approached with caution. Overall there is a high concentration of mediocre problems with a few gems scattered about. Any way you look at it, it's better than the gym!

GUIDEBOOK: Marty Karabin sells beta maps. Most local stores carry his guides. Please purchase a beta map as it will make your life much easier!

Getting There 

From the parking lot at 48th St. and Guadalupe head down the Pima Canyon Dirt Road. This meets up with national trail and is the most traveled path in this part of the park. After a mile of walking on the dirt road you will encounter a stone ramada on the left (south side) of the trail. At this point head left (southwest) up Pima Canyon. After a 1/4-1/2 mile of travel up Pima Canyon you will run into the entrance wall.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.7 miles from here

93 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',28],['2 Stars',40],['1 Star',21],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Pima Canyon Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Pima Canyon Area:
Razors Edge   V0+ 4+     Boulder   World Boulder
Silly Little Dirty   V2 5+     Boulder   Entrance Boulders
Hookers are fun!   V2 5+     Boulder   Entrance Boulders
Rangler   V2 5+     Boulder, 12'   The Amphitheatre
The Tongue   V2 5+     Boulder   Entrance Boulders
Main Attraction   V3 6A     Boulder   World Boulder
Crown of Thorns   V3 6A     Boulder   Entrance Boulders
Nasal Cavity (Jump Start Left)   V3-4 6A+ PG13     Boulder   The Amphitheatre
Jump Start Problem   V3-4 6A+     Boulder, 15'   The Amphitheatre
Tsunami   V4 6B     Boulder   Entrance Boulders
Crown Jewel   V4 6B PG13     Boulder, 20'   Entrance Boulders
Stairway to Heaven   V4 6B     Boulder   Entrance Boulders
Cocaine Corner   V4 6B PG13     Boulder   The Amphitheatre
Double Fisted   V5 6C     Boulder   Entrance Boulders
Nutshell   V5 6C     Boulder   The Amphitheatre
Locked and Loaded   V5 6C PG13     Boulder   Africa Boulder
Table Topper   V5 6C     Boulder   Entrance Boulders
Elephant Tree   V6 7A     Boulder   The Amphitheatre
Caveman   V6 7A     Boulder   The Studio
Hairy Cleavage   V7 7A+     Boulder   Africa Boulder
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By The Captin
Oct 28, 2011
This area was primarily developed by Matt Kirk and Aaron Adams back in 1996. At one time they had over 120 mapped problems almost all of the names are new shown here but that's cool some of the classics were are listed here are accurate like cocaine corner and mvfp (Mike, Vaughn, Foot, Beta) just saying thought they should get their props.
By manuel rangel
From: Tempe, Arizona
Mar 19, 2014
Yea, lot of folks began climbing here before 1990. The place definitely looked different. Most of the stuff climbed was obvious and easy to us. Lot of the problems done were renamed arbitrarily by Javier then others. Matt K came a bit later.

Guys like Mike Covington, Jay Anderson, Scary Larry, Dave Insley, Kiril the russian, Chris Hahn, Corey Chatwin, and I'm sure I left a few of the other guys out. Over time a lot of people left their mark quietly and some problems were found over and over again.

A lot of this began after the '88 Phx Bouldering Contest that was held at the South Mountain Boy Scout Camp on 24th Street. You aren't allowed there anymore but it would be worth getting it open if you have an in.
By Eli
From: Lives in a truck
Jan 3, 2015
As a non-local, I found it pretty hard to find anything other than the World Boulder area, and the Entrance Boulders. The directions on how to get to the boulders seemed to imply that you go up the path to the right of the stone building, which lead to some chossy unestablished boulders that are very misleading, when in reality you want to go basically straight past the building and follow the bottom of the canyon on the left until you reach the entrance boulders.
Hopefully this is not taken as criticism, I just want to help people find some pretty great boulder problems.

Thanks for all the hard work and development, I had a great time!
By manuel rangel
From: Tempe, Arizona
May 9, 2016
The first part of the approach along the dirt road is above the actual canyon floor. When you arrive at the stone building (built by CCC in the 30s, as was the trail in the canyon floor you are about to enter), drop into the canyon floor heading west. From the stone ramada you can choose to continue on the trail and hike or drop into the canyon for another 5-10 minutes for some bouldering.

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