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Paradox Rock is a great crag for 5.8-5.11 leaders looking to fill a day. There is a variety of climbing, from slabby faces, to cracks, to spectacular overhangs, all on high quality rock. Climbs are a mix of sport and gear. Views are great, access is easy, and the rock generally doesn't get much traffic.
Park on the wide shoulder 12.8 miles up the Catalina Highway. This is just past the hairpin turn at the head of Bear Canyon at a spot where a drainage passes under the road. Head up the steep stone sluiceway and turn right at its top. From here follow the trail with occasional small cairns to the base of the crag. Approach is 10-15 minutes.
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The Reuben Hair Shift 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c AZ : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : ... : Paradox Rock
This is the last bolted line on the upper half of Paradox Rock. It is on the face just to the right of Afternoon Delight's curving crack. The route offers some tricky and sustained face moves (read: pretty tough for a 5.8+) before gaining a big ledge below a small overhang. Getting up and over the roof is not terribly difficult, but provides some interesting moves. Rock quality is excellent and the bolts protects the climb well....[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
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