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2 - Bear Canyon  


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Elevation: 5,000'
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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

Climbing Season



Weather station 3.2 miles from here

262 Total Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',52],['2 Stars',128],['1 Star',65],['Bomb',4]
['<=5.6',10],['5.7',19],['5.8',19],['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+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   Chimney Rock
Standard Route   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 5 pitches, 200'   Chimney Rock
Here and Gone   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Green Slabs Area : Green Slabs (South Face)
Puppy Chow   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Lost Hawk
Yurt Monkey   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Green Slabs Area : Green Slabs (South Face)
Chihuahua Power   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Lost Hawk
Mistaken Identity   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Chimney Rock
FIUTT   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     , 2 pitches, 200'   Chimney Rock
Stoner's Boner   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Chimney Rock
Centerpiece   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Chimney Rock
Cripple Creek   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches   Pharaoh
Nuts and Bolts   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 260'   Chessman Area : 5 - Bishop
Single Lens Reflex   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Chimney Rock
Crows Nest   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 220'   Chimney Rock
Pitfalls of Hesitation   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 3 pitches   Agave Spires Area : Hawk's Bill Spire
Two Kings And A Pawn   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 85'   Chessman Area : 4 - Queen
Malt Liquor Man   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Andy Cook Wall
Rain   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Andy Cook Wall
Randy Cook Lives!   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 80'   Andy Cook Wall
King's Arete   5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Chessman Area : 2 - King
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A topo photo of Stoner's Boner. Chimney Rock, Mt. ...

Stoner's Boner 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  AZ : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : ... : Chimney Rock
The FFA's of Stoner's Boner and Mistaken Identity to the left, were both done thinking each climb was the other climb, and hence (I'm assuming) the names.Stoner's Boner starts very roughly 50 feet right of George's Buttress at the left side of Chimney Rock. It climbs a parallel crack system in a recess just left of a big block against the base of the cliff. The block is the start of Centerpiece. A short ways up the left crack is a tiny pine tree.Having never done the route before, it was a littl...[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.