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Raycreation Area Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 7,600'
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Submitted By: 1Eric Rhicard on Jul 13, 2010
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To date there are three walls two of which face west northwest and the third, Boulder X about 40 feet tall, faces south. There are not many moderate climbs. One trad 5.8 and two sport 5.9's a few 5.10s and the rest are 5.11 or 5.12. The lower and tallest wall is maybe 70 feet tall and has a big break about 2/3 of the way up it.
The upper wall 50 feet tall at most is much more climbable with overhanging jug hauls from 5.8 to 5.11. Things can be a bit grainy and fuzzy with lichen but it isn't too bad.

To the best of my knowledge this small area was discovered and probably first climbed by Ray Ringle. He and some friends top-roped most of the lines on the upper wall and may have done the same on the lower wall as well. He tried to convince me to set it up for leading 10 years ago but I declined until recently. A single route Venezuelan Mafia 5.11+ was put up on the lower wall by Luis Cisneros and Christian Espanol??? The first ascent is thought to have been done by a guy named Steve, but Luis can't remember his last name.

The upper wall gets really crowded most weekends but it is pretty quiet during the week.

Getting There 

Park at the Sunset Trail parking area which is just opposite Butterfly Trail just past Bear Wallow around milepost 22. Take the road right behind the sign showing the trail not the one with the gate. Follow this down 200 yards or so just past a turn to the right. Rocks will be blocking the road here. Continue past them on the now blocked road 100 feet or so then take the road down to the left. When you reach the drainage find the trail and follow it downstream staying right next to the stream. You will pass a short lichen covered cliff with a roof. The next wall downstream is the Lower Wall. Work around the right side and up to reach the upper cliff.

Climbing Season

For the 7 - Upper Highway area.

Weather station 1.7 miles from here

32 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',15],['1 Star',9],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Raycreation Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Raycreation Area:
X-Ray   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 40'   Upper Wall
Jackie's Separation Anxiety   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Sport, 45'   Upper Wall
Raycreation   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 55'   Upper Wall
Sting Ray, AKA Geirless Warrior   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 50'   Upper Wall
Marcy's Playground   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 70'   Lower Wall
Canadian Bacon   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 60'   Lower Wall
Plateonic Love   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 50'   Upper Wall
Venezuelan Mafia    5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 45'   Lower Wall
Monster Buck   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 55'   Lower Wall
Bouldering 101   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 40'   Lower Wall
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By Geir
From: Tucson, AZ
Jul 21, 2010
This place is really a lot of fun! A wide variety of climbs, good rock, and a short approach.
By David Lammers
From: Grand Junction, CO
Jul 23, 2010
For approach do not go through the gate behind the sign in the parking lot. This is not the correct road, it will lead to a bridge. Instead take the road that has a "dead end" sign and a carbonite "trail ahead" marker. Furthermore, when you pass the overhanging rock with lichen on the approach continue down the trail another 200 yards or so. The trail will cross the creek and there will be a large landing area with bolts facing the stream. Fun place with overhanging routes that have nice holds.
By jbak
Jul 25, 2010
A really nice addition to Tucson summer climbing. Pretty spot that didn't get hit by the fires... nice hangout. Cool, shady, fun routes.
By Geir
From: Tucson, AZ
Jul 25, 2010
For those of you who have Google Earth, you can view the approach using the file below:

(Google Earth can be downloaded for free.)
By Jon Ruland
From: Tucson, AZ
Aug 9, 2010
i think we've witnessed the birth of a new premier sport crag on the upper mountain. way to go, eric & co!
By Andy Bennett
From: Tucson, AZ
Oct 11, 2010
Props to whoever fixed up the trail to the upper wall recently--looks great. Thanks!
By Megan McCormick
May 17, 2011
Hi I left a draw on Step Class today. My climbing partner cut his hand and we wanted to get out as soon as possible so we just left it. Please let me know if you pick it up, thanks! Megan
By 1Eric Rhicard
Jun 19, 2012
Big thanks to Myk Brown for donating all the mussy hooks that were added to the tops of many routes at this crag. Still a good idea to use your own draws at the top until the last person does the route then they can lower off the fixed stuff.
By Geir
From: Tucson, AZ
Jun 19, 2012
Yeah Myk!
By Hendrixson
From: Tucson, AZ
Jun 20, 2012
Thanks for making our climbing experience a little easier and a little safer Myk!
By Geir
From: Tucson, AZ
Aug 27, 2013
Did you get them Ryan? I hope someone can pick them up while they are in the area.
By Jordan Stone
Jun 15, 2015
I left a pair of size 9 black evolve Defys at the base of Venezuelan June 13. They weren't there when I went back on June 14. Let me know if you have them and would like to give them back.
By Ravinder Singh
Jun 5, 2017
I left my squeezing lemmon book at this crag. Please message me if you picked it up.

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