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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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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Paradox Rock:
Teaser 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 75'
Quandry 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
The Paradox 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Sport, 70'
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Hesitation 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b AZ : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : ... : Paradox Rock
This climb is one of the rare splitters on Mt. Lemmon. It is on the rock just downhill from The Reuben Hair Shift. The crack is unmistakable.Start just below the crack and pull over a bulge (the crux) with pro above you. Jam the sweet hand crack, protecting as you feel the need, until you hit the wide section about 15-20 feet from the top. Run it out from here on easy ground to a two bolt belay.This route is mostly casual once you pull the steep move at the bottom, but you'll want solid jamm...[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
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