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Pontatoc Canyon Rock Climbing 

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A great hiking trail with nice city views that also has some decent climbing. Pontatoc Canyon is immediately east of Finger Rock Canyon, and is home to a number of old backcountry trad routes as well as some scattered bouldering.

Getting There 

From Tucson, drive several miles north on Swan, past River Road and past Sunrise.

Turn left (west) on E. Skyline Drive and go about a mile west on Skyline.

Turn right (north) on Alvernon Way.

Continue north on Alvernon Way until you get to a signed parking lot for the Finger Rock Trail on the left hand side of the road. This parking lot is gated in such a way that you can leave it at any time, but can only enter it during the day. You need a permit from the Pima County Parks and Recreation Department to park your car there overnight.

On the main trail there is an intersection for Finger Rock Trail - left and Pontatoc Ridge trail - right. Choose.

Climbing Season

For the Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalina Mountains) area.

Weather station 4.4 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Pontatoc Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Pontatoc Canyon:
KR Goes to Valhalla   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 6 pitches, 700'   Pontatoc Ridge
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Featured Route For Pontatoc Canyon
Rock Climbing Photo: SFTS in black. KRGTV in green.

KR Goes to Valhalla 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : ... : Pontatoc Ridge
Start about 80' to the left of "Shelter From the Storm's" giant left-facing corner. You should be able to see 2 bolts on the first pitch. If you plan well you can avoid rope drag (double ropes work great.)1. Climb a short wide crack, up past 2 bolts, then diagonal left along crack to small ledge. Up past another bolt to a right diagonalling ramp and climb the right side of a steep, short corner with a bolt at the top. Up and slightly right on blocky ledge, ramping back left to a 2 bolt anchor at...[more]   Browse More Classics in Arizona

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