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Silverbell Boulders Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 2,500'
Location: 32.39477, -111.14422 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: mikehilbert on Dec 22, 2006
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A fun little desert bouldering area. Not too many problems, but more quality than Gate's Pass. This area does not see quite the climbing action it once saw, but is well worth the visit. The rock is very much like that of some of the famous eastern Sierra bouldering areas near Bishop (Happy Boulders).

I have read and been told that these boulders are located on private property. There is no sign posted, and I have never heard of any problems with bouldering here. Still best to practice "leave no trace", so climbers can continue to enjoy these boulders.

Getting There 

There are many different options, but I will go with what I believe to be the easiest one. From Tucson, take I-10 towards Marana and exit at Cortaro Rd. Turn left (south) and drive until you intersect Silverbell. Take a right. Drive on Silverbell a good ways and almost completely through Marana until it forks. Go right. Follow Silverbell around until it goes up and over a small pass. You will see a large dirt pullout on the left. The boulders are on the right side of the road directly off the road after a few minutes walk.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.5 miles from here

64 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',36],['1 Star',16],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Silverbell Boulders

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Silverbell Boulders:
Javelina Center   V1-2 5     Boulder   Javelina Cave and the A Fra...
The Arete   V5 6C     Boulder, 9'   Javelina Cave and the A Fra...
The Rails   V6 7A     Boulder, 10'   Javelina Cave and the A Fra...
Hueco Placebo   V6 7A     Boulder, 10'   Javelina Cave and the A Fra...
F in A Dyno   V6 7A     Boulder, 10'   Javelina Cave and the A Fra...
Pocket Stuffer   V7 7A+     Boulder, 6'   Javelina Cave and the A Fra...
A-Frame Crimps   V7-8 7B     Boulder   Javelina Cave and the A Fra...
Tage Der Schurzen   V10 7C+     Boulder, 10'   Javelina Cave and the A Fra...
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By george22
Dec 25, 2006
I haven't been out there in over a decade, but my recollection is that this property went from ownership by Diamond Partners to the county as part of some open space initiative--I think it, and the ridge line behind it, was intended to be part of an extension of the Tucson mountain park. Back in the day, there were access issues, but it was never clear that the people who objected had a right to object. Also, the parking area across the street, as far as I know, remains private.
By jbak
Jan 3, 2007 that you ?
By george22
Jan 19, 2007
it is-I'm pretty sure I know who you are(I don't know if you wish to control your anonymity)-I blame you for one of my knee injuries(torn meniscus) repeating a ground hugging traverse of yours out at silverbell

I once had the sobering and soul search inducing experience at silverbell of bouldering with a group, all of whom were born after I had first bouldered there-you must be getting up there, eh?

I still boulder pretty hard, but I have to pick my spots carefully, and I do take years off-my next big effort is to improve my soloing skills so I can increase my range of mountaineering choices (probably sierras, but maybe tetons-that's where murray will be this fall)
By Adam Block
From: Tucson, AZ
Aug 21, 2008
Seeing that there are so few options for climbing on this side of town I'm surprised more people aren't here. Does this area ever see any traffic? Also, I hiked up there the other day just seeing what was there, I'm guessing you're all talking about the one large boulder sitting at the top with the other face just off the back side of it? Seems like one of the few spots in the area with solid rock, I wonder why nothing is bolted a little higher up....
By James DeRoussel
From: Tucson, AZ
Aug 21, 2008
The reason this area doesn't have more activity and bolting is because of a history of access issues.

Please avoid further development in this area, as it will likely lead to complete closure. We are lucky to have any access at all, so just enjoy what's there as it is.
By Chris Prewitt
Jul 30, 2009
Has anyone explored other bouldering options in the larger area of the northern Tucson Mts? Seems like there should be more between Gates and Silverbell.
By jbak
Aug 3, 2009
Chris, the short answer is "yes". Murray explored the Tucson mtns pretty much end-to-end. He documented some of them in "Bouldering beyond Campbell" but not all. I know where a lot of them are and so does George Smith.
By Joe Kreidel
From: San Antonio, TX
Oct 9, 2009
I can confirm that the boulders are now on public land, and bouldering is allowed. A couple months ago while bouldering at the upper boulders at night, three local Sheriff's deputies trudged up the hill to investigate calls about "weird lights radiating from the hillside". After making sure we weren't armed lunatics or escaped felons, they told us we were fine climbing there because it was indeed public land.
By Trey Lewis
From: Glendale, Az
Oct 9, 2009
Did you mean that they give fines for climbing there, or that you were allowed to climb there? I'm a little slow and easily confused.
By Joe Kreidel
From: San Antonio, TX
Oct 11, 2009
Trey -

Sorry if I was unclear. According to these officers, the land is public land and we are allowed to climb here.
By JesseJ
Jan 8, 2010
I went to Silverbell last night for some headlamp bouldering with my girlfriend. Didn't end up staying long, because we started hearing at least two animals that sounded pretty similar to an unhappy bobcat. Initially there was only one, across the road from the lower boulders. Shortly after that, another one started sounding off uphill, from the direction of the javelina cave/a-frame. Then the first one moved across the road and kept getting closer, so we decided that we'd had enough of creepy sounds sneaking up on us in the dark.

That's my story.
By Geir
From: Tucson, AZ
Jan 8, 2010

That was probably EFR. The guy's an animal!
By beachplus4
From: So San Francisco
Mar 28, 2010
Cilmbed at this spot yesterday. No-one around for miles and some fun lines. Worth the trip out. Don't miss the other high balls just past the fork on the right.
By Adam Block
From: Tucson, AZ
May 7, 2010
I've seen EFR marking his turf, he doesn't make any nose. The last run in I had with that guy he was on the other side of the canyon and just pissed in my direction as a display of his dominance.
By Trey Lewis
From: Glendale, Az
Jun 21, 2012
So...I left my book at the lower boulders yesterday. If the person who found it happens to want to give it back, that would kick ass! Please message me. Thanks
By Hendrixson
From: Tucson, AZ
Nov 2, 2015
A good description of these boulders along with pretty much all local bouldering can found at Old Pueblo Bouldering.
By Henry Manegold
From: Tucson
Jul 10, 2017
Area as of 07/10/2017 is roped off with no trespassing signs on both sides of the road.
By hdjohnson
From: Tucson, AZ
Jul 18, 2017
Went there on 7/15/2017 and 'no trespassing' signs and barriers were everywhere but there is still a shoulder to park on. The Pima County MapGuide website shows the property line between private land (south) and public land (north) cutting right through both the main 'Lower Boulder' and 'Javelina Cave and the A Frame' boulder. Don't know how accurate the GIS mapping data and orthophoto imagery overlay is. It could be that there are some established problems on public land, but half or more or the problems (southern half) appear to be on private land.

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