Secluded untouched expert bouldering. Loose volcanic tuft with hundreds of route potential for the adventurous. The rock surrounds the lake in all directions. Tons of hard highball problems and lots of easy ones as well. Very wild area -- please respect the land and don't kill the vegetation. Very quiet and beautiful.
South on I 19 from Tuscon. Take Arivaca Road exit. The exit is between Green Valley and Tubac. Take right off exit, then take next left which is Arivaca Road. Go 23 miles into downtown Arivaca, "don't blink or you'll miss it."
Take left after post office onto Ruby Road, Stay on paved road for about 7 miles and take left onto Arivaca Lake Road. Follow dirt road for a few miles to lake. Boulders and cliffs are all around the lake; the north and west sides being the best. No trail yet. It's all fresh.
So, I talked with Bob. He still has all of his notebooks but claims since they're written in diary form, they're useless to most others.
He doesn't remember Arivaca Lake but does remember bouldering at Pena Blanca lake. I remember he and Frank going to Pena Blanca a fair amount one season. I think Frank then went back to the area a number of times on his own.
Looks to me like the two areas are not the same ?
Now that's a score, finding a bouldering area in AZ or NM where Bob has not previously laid down at least a few problems.
Pena Blanca lake has been documented in rock and road. Arivaca Lake is like 20 miles north of that lake. The whole canyon at Pena Blanca has been climbed. As well as Sycamore canyon. Great 10d trad root in Sycamore canyon by the pool. Overhanging and great gear. We have also put some routes in the Sierra Colorado's. Remote and unsafe. Have a great day.
There is also Hells gate. There we have put together lots of very hard boulder problems. High balls for the big balls. There is literally thousands of boulder problems down here. Where is Arivaca Canyon I have never heard of it?
Which pool is the trad route in Sycamore Canyon by? Do you have any pictures by any chance? I just visited Sycamore Canyon for the first time and the rock looks so fun! I had been wondering if it sees any action- sounds like it does!