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The Santa Rita Mountains are located 30 miles south of Tucson. This impressive range is home to Mt Wrightson, one of the taller peaks in Southern Arizona. While popular among hikers and bikers, there is precious little established climbing in this range. The remoteness and inconsistent rock quality of the crags here have probably deterred route development.
From Tucson, drive I-19 south to exit for Madera Canyon. This is the developed recreational area, run by the USFS. Other parts of the range can be accessed by various forest roads.
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Rocktology 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b R AZ : Southern Arizona : ... : Elephant Head
Rocktology was the best day of adventure I've had so far in Southern Arizona. The two star rating is given for the fact that it is a steep and exciting route, with great movement, that takes a devious path up a beautiful wall. As the name implies, the loose rock, bird shit, mediocre protection, and copious amounts of lichen detract from the quality, but certainly add to the adventure. A word about lichen: Kerry's guide says to bring a wire brush, but we didn't take this seriously. BRING A WI...[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
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