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Elevation: 7,200'
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Outcroppings is comprised of three walls, each distinct in character and aptly named: Cave Crag, Incinerated Ridge Wall, and Tall Wall. This area was developed around 2007-2008 by Tony Lusk, Tony Horness, Andy Tretiakoff, and Dave Weeks.

The crags are generally south facing, but at this elevation should be climbable on all but the hottest days of summer. The rest of the year should be ideal assuming it's not snowed in. Rock quality is generally excellent with a few exceptions, particularly on Cave Crag. Climbs range in grade from about 5.6-5.10 and most everything is bolted.

Getting There 

Take Mt Lemmon highway to MP 20 to Organization Ridge road, park at Palisades Trailhead parking, walk 50' south to drainage on east side, go uphill to black stump, follow cairns east then south through the scout camp, to the top of the crags. ~25 minutes

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.1 miles from here

35 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',22],['1 Star',13],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Outcroppings:
To Far North For The Migrating Munchkin   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 2 pitches, 195'   Tall Wall
Thought's of Strassman And Cochise   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 2 pitches, 195'   Tall Wall
Divorce Therapy   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Cave Wall
Battle of My Bulge   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Incinerated Ridge
Shadows of the Mind   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Cave Wall
Wound2Tight   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Incinerated Ridge
Pissed off Mofo   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Cave Wall
Hornass Nest   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Cave Wall
Matterhorness   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Cave Wall
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Shadows of the Mind 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  AZ : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : ... : Cave Wall
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You should be able to pick up the trail and cairns...
You should be able to pick up the trail and cairns...
Used Garmin to track our route back from Tall Wall
BETA PHOTO: Used Garmin to track our route back from Tall Wall
go PAST the drainage until you see the trail marke...
BETA PHOTO: go PAST the drainage until you see the trail marke...

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By Jon Ruland
From: Tucson, AZ
Jun 8, 2010
do not go up the drainage! you will just get lost like we did the first time. go PAST the drainage until you reach the trail shown in the photo. follow the trail over the hill to the crag, 20 minutes or so from the road. the trail itself is at least 100 feet from the parking area. maybe 50 feet past the drainage.
By Ben Beard
From: Superior, AZ
Aug 22, 2011
I may be wrong, but I believe that the pull off (going up the highway) to the Palisades Trailhead is after MP 19. The pulloff is on your left side going uphill, just before the Pasilades Visitor Center. Go down a gravel road for about a mile or so to the Palisades Trailhead sign.
By Antoine Horness
From: Tucson, AZ
Sep 23, 2011
I just got a call that there are some loose bolts on Pali Gap and Lords of Karma. DO NOT CLIMB ON THESE 2 ROUTES UNTIL I GET THIS FIXED.

I am going to go to the routes tomorrow and will assess what needs to be done. I will probably pull all of the hangers off tomorrow.
By Antoine Horness
From: Tucson, AZ
Sep 25, 2011
The anchors and hangers have been pulled from Lords of Karma and Pali Gap due to a report from a climber of loose bolts. Yesterday, I checked all of the anchors, hangers and bolts by shock loading them with a Grigri backup and could find no loose bolts. Some of the hangers and one of the anchors needed routine tightening. I don't think there is anything wrong but shut down the routes and pulled the anchors and hangers
By Gerry Cook
From: Tucson, Arizona
Jan 18, 2014
Found a Stanley flashlight on the road near the gate on 1/12/14. If you're missing yours let me know.
By rob bauer
From: Golden, CO
Feb 6, 2014
Hard to believe this area wasn't in the Squeezing the Lemmon book. Easy to see it from lots of places on the road, once you recognize it. Directions are pretty good BUT, there's a gate at the top of the Organization Ridge Road (right by the Boy Scout Camp gate) which is apparently closed in the winter, so be prepared to walk down the dirt road for a ways before finding that well-cairned trail off left.
By Jimbo
Feb 7, 2014
Well lets see, most of the routes at the Outcroppings were put up in 2008. Squeezing the Lemmon II came out in 2000. That might be why there not in there.
Eric's a fairly forward thinking guy but that's asking a lot.
By cattrampkid
Oct 8, 2014
Lost my favorite hat out here yesterday, sometime on the way out. Didn't find out till I got home... If found please let me know. Thank you!
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