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Wilderness of Rocks Rock Climbing 


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Description 

The name says it all. Tons of bouldering scattered across the mountainside and down into the valley, mostly slabby to slightly overhung moderates (V0-V3) along with some hard, steeper problems and lots of highballs. Rock is typical high Mt. Lemmon granite: sharp, with plenty of crimps and slopers, and of varying quality. The boulders are fairly spread out, and though most near the trail have been developed, there is certainly much more to be found by those willing to hike farther out and off the trail. A great and unique escape in the warmer months.

A good map and topos may be found in Tyler McMillen's Tucson Bouldering (pdf).

Getting There 

Take Mt. Lemmon Highway through Summerhaven to the parking area at Marshall Gulch. Take the Marshall Gulch trail 1.2 miles to its intersection with the Wilderness of Rocks trail. Follow the Wilderness of Rocks trail a few hundred yards until you reach the start of the boulders. The 30+ minute approach may seem a bit long, but the trails are flat and well-maintained, and the solitude, scenery, and good climbing you'll enjoy make the hike worthwhile.

NOTE: The Marshall Gulch trail follows and sometimes crosses a small creek, so watch the weather carefully and beware of flash floods, especially during monsoon season (about mid-June through September.)

Climbing Season

For the 7 - Upper Highway area.

Weather station 4.1 miles from here

8 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',3],['5.7',1],['5.8',2],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',1],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',1],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Wilderness of Rocks

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Wilderness of Rocks:
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Rock Climbing Photo: The Hell Bitch boulder
The Hell Bitch boulder
Rock Climbing Photo: Low crux of the Hell Bitch, V8
Low crux of the Hell Bitch, V8

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