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2 - Bear Canyon 


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Elevation: 5,000'
Lat, Long: 32.37349, -110.69243 Map Incorrect?
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BETA PHOTO: Friction Rock, as seen from Chimney Rock.

Description 

This area covers climbs located from Kessler's Corner (milepost 8.7) up to Rollinstone
(milepost 13.3).

Bear Canyon, due to it's exposure, provides a shady setting among ponderosa pine surprisingly low on the mountain. A number of quality crags are found here including Chimney Rock, which hosts some uber-classic trad pitches, and Friction Rock, home to one of the Catalinas perennial ice climbs, The Stain.

Camping and restrooms are available here as well.


Getting There 

Catalina Highway


262 Total Routes


['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',52],['2 Stars',126],['1 Star',66],['Bomb',4]
['<=5.6',10],['5.7',20],['5.8',18],['5.9',42],['5.10',67],['5.11',44],['5.12',19],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',15],['V2-3',17],['V4-5',5],['V6-7',3],['V8-9',1],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for 2 - Bear Canyon:
George's Buttress   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   Chimney Rock
Standard Route   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 5 pitches, 200'   Chimney Rock
Here and Gone   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Green Slabs
Puppy Chow   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Lost Hawk
Yurt Monkey   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Green Slabs
FIUTT   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     , 2 pitches, 200'   Chimney Rock
Stoner's Boner   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Chimney Rock
Chihuahua Power   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Lost Hawk
Mistaken Identity   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Chimney Rock
Cripple Creek   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches   Pharaoh
Centerpiece   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Chimney Rock
Nuts and Bolts   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 260'   Chessman Area : 5 - Bishop
Single Lens Reflex   5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Chimney Rock
Pitfalls of Hesitation   5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b     Trad, 3 pitches   Agave Spires Area : Hawk's Bill Spire
Crows Nest   5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 220'   Chimney Rock
Two Kings And A Pawn   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ E3 5c     Sport, 85'   Chessman Area : 4 - Queen
Malt Liquor Man   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Andy Cook Wall
Rain   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Andy Cook Wall
Randy Cook Lives!   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b     Sport, 80'   Andy Cook Wall
King's Arete   5.12c/d 7c 28 IX E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Chessman Area : 2 - King
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Erica Bigio leading 2nd pitch of Pitfalls of Hesitation.

Pitfalls of Hesitation 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b  AZ : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : ... : Hawk's Bill Spire
Find your way to the southwest corner of the spire and rap off the west side. Do not rap off the south anchors (Children of the Revolution) or you will be jugging back up to rap the west side. This will be a double rappel to the ground. Go down the gully a little ways (but not to the base) until it is possible to start up the 5.8R slab....[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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By steven sadler
From: SLC, UT
Dec 5, 2012

I'm seeing some pictures of a lot of snow in this area. Is it too cold to climb here in December?

By 1Eric Rhicard
Dec 5, 2012

Not until next week. Even then you could climb at Chimney Rock if the sun is out. We are having unseasonably warm temps this year. When it gets cold you might have to climb lower on the mountain as Bear canyon is usually colder than most places on the mountain at that elevation.