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Sabino Canyon  


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Description 

Located in northern Tucson, this recreational area charges a fee to park and another to ride the shuttle. Climbing is allowed but not encouraged. The Acropolis, Whipple Wall and Kor Wall are @ 500' tall walls of gneiss. It can be loose in spots and great otherwise. This is a trad area, not a sport climb to be found.

Getting There 

From center of town, head north on Swan to Skyline Drive and take that road east to Sabino Canyon Rd. Pay the fee ($7) and ride to your crag.

Climbing Season



Weather station 4.4 miles from here

7 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',1],['5.9',3],['5.10',3],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['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 Sabino Canyon:
Kor Wall   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 5 pitches, 500'   
Colorado Crush   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 5 pitches, 550'   
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Chris in the chimney formed by the pillar and the main wall.  Pitch one was kinda intimidating looking til I got on it then it turned out to be fun and well protected.  The #5 camalot was really unnecessary weight, I wouldn't bring it again.

Kor Wall 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  AZ : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Sabino Canyon
Getting to the base of the route is an uphill march: from shuttle stop 7 walk back down canyon 100yds to a gully heading uphill for 200yds til it connects with the sabino trail. Travel uphill @ 1/2 mile to the Phoneline trail, turn right til you get to the Hiker's Gully @ 100yds and walk up it til you get level with the Kor Wall's base. Walk left to the rocky base and drop your packs. Climb 3rd/4th class up to the left side of the pillar @ 300' and set your belay inside the chimney. Climb ch...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

Photos of Sabino Canyon Slideshow Add Photo
Kor Wall
Kor Wall
view of the Fruitstand from the trail.
BETA PHOTO: view of the Fruitstand from the trail.
The Acropolis - Sabino Canyon
The Acropolis - Sabino Canyon
Ridges looking south from Thimble Peak.
Ridges looking south from Thimble Peak.
Rock slide near the start of the Kor route.
Rock slide near the start of the Kor route.
This is the panorama above the last shuttle stop.  The Kor Wall is the buttress on the left of the gully, Whipple Wall is the brown dihedrals just right of the gully and Thimble Peak is the highest point.
This is the panorama above the last shuttle stop. ...
Another rock slide in Sabino Canyon
Another rock slide in Sabino Canyon
For an action-packed day, do the Kor Route (face on upper left corner), then Thimble Peak, and then all the knifeblade ridges (partially hidden here) leading to Blacketts ridge trail. David chilling before putting the rope away for good.
For an action-packed day, do the Kor Route (face o...
Weird protection thingies to keep the choss from raining down on people hiking up the Sabino Canyon road
Weird protection thingies to keep the choss from r...
Sheryl Miller on Layback at the Fruitstand, Sabino Canyon
Sheryl Miller on Layback at the Fruitstand, Sabino...
Ruins of the Forest Service bathroom that used to be at the end of the road
Ruins of the Forest Service bathroom that used to ...
p2 Hard to Swallow
p2 Hard to Swallow

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By Chris Prewitt
Dec 11, 2009
Shuttle Fee as of 12/09: $8.00
By dolemike
Dec 20, 2009
Get off at stop 8, not 7!, for Kor wall and walk back down the road to the obvious gully that goes all the way up to the wall.