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A pair of enticing walls sitting above Sabino Canyon, Spectrum Crag is a beautiful spot to spend a climbing day. Scenic hike, wildlife, great views, and something for just about everyone to climb. Grades currently range from 5.8ish to 13d, with the majority being in the 10-11 range. The rock tends to be high quality, and a little different from the rest of the rock in the area.

Getting There 

Park at Box Camp trailhead, and begin hiking. Follow Box Camp Trail for a few minutes, until you see the large cairn for the Ireland trail. Turn right, and follow the Ireland trail. Pass through the baby pines, and down a small hill.

At the bottom of the hill, the Ireland trail veers right. You will climb over a large downed tree, and pass between two knee high boulders. Walk another 20 feet, and look left for a small trail heading south along the ridge line (while the Ireland trail continues westerly towards the canyon). This is the trail that leads to Spectrum - turn left, and follow this trail.

Follow the cairned ridge line through a sea of fire-damaged trees, and down into a steep gully. Cairns lead you down the gully until the trail crosses the gully at a small pool of water.

Continue across gully, following the obvious trail leading down the steep hillside, until you arrive at the top of Spectrum Wall. Contour around the right side of the crag, dropping down the gully. Scramble down a boulder, avoiding the big hole, and the gully will deposit you at the left end of Spectrum Wall. Follow the left trail for Spectrum Wall, and the right trail for Continuum Crag.

30-35 minutes down, 35-45 minutes out. Save some juice for the steep hike out.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.8 miles from here

18 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Spectrum Crags

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Spectrum Crags:
Corner Exit   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Spectrum Wall
Phosphorescent   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 40'   Spectrum Wall
Chiquito pero Picon   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 25'   Spectrum Wall
The Sampler   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Spectrum Wall
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Featured Route For Spectrum Crags
Rock Climbing Photo: Upper half of arête

The Sampler 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b  Arizona : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : ... : Spectrum Wall
A striking overhanging arete that climbs as good as it looks. Most of the climb is pure arete climbing, with hands and feet milking unlikely holds on either side of the feature. I had been eyeballing this line for years from across the canyon. I was finally drawn in, and all control was turned over to The Sampler....[more]   Browse More Classics in Arizona

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By jbak
4 days ago
Really nice stone. And I scoped a new trail today that is much better than the old one.

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