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Thimble Peak and Whipple Wall
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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.


7 Total Routes


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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- HVS 4c     Trad, 5 pitches, 500'   
Colorado Crush   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Trad, 5 pitches, 550'   
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Featured Route For Sabino Canyon
1st pitch roof  <br />(photo by A.S.)

Hard to Swallow 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b  AZ : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : Sabino Canyon
Each pitch has some junky spots you need to avoid and there are a few spots layered with decades of swallow droppings. Other than that, it's a great route! Definitely some fun, steep sections with great exposure....[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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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.