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Dirty Diaper, The 
Rapunzel's Tower 
Teddy Bear Slabs 

The Nursery Rock Climbing 

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Routes on Teddy Bear Slabs


This area was developed with the intent of having a child/new climber friendly area. There are currently 14 routes, most of which are TR only, but there are a couple of harder lines that can be led.
The rock is generally good, but as it's a new area, be careful. There are 3 separate formations. The slab on the right is called Teddy Bear Slabs, the central formation is Rapunzel's Tower, and the left formation is The Dirty Diaper.
To set up TRs, hike around the left side of the hill and easily access the tops of each crag.

Getting There 

The approach takes about 2 minutes, seriously. Park at either the Green Slabs pullout or the next pullout up the mountain. There's a prominent road cutout between these two pullouts, with a guardrail on the west side of the road. At the north end of the guardrail, start hiking up the steep hillside and The Nursery is the very first crag collection you see.

Climbing Season

For the 2 - Bear Canyon area.

Weather station 3.2 miles from here

14 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',8],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Nursery

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Nursery:
Traditional Fairytale   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   Rapunzel's Tower
The Golden Stair   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   Rapunzel's Tower
Happily Never After   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Rapunzel's Tower
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Featured Route For The Nursery
Rock Climbing Photo: The Golden Stair is on the left.

The Golden Stair 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  AZ : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : ... : Rapunzel's Tower
Starts in a dihedral and heads up steep ledges on good holds, then finishes up with a vertical face. Very fun!...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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By Joe Kreidel
From: Tucson, AZ
Feb 2, 2010
Thanks for getting this done guys! I can't wait to check this out in the next couple of weeks. If there is a little more work that needs to be done, let me know and I will try and contribute.
By Jon Ruland
From: Tucson, AZ
Feb 4, 2010
thanks joe! i think the work is mostly done at this point but we'll let you know if anything comes up. some of the routes are chossy right now so i guess in the meantime you could help by climbing them and getting some of that crumbly stuff to come off. =)
By Mike Senigo
From: Tucson, AZ
Mar 13, 2010
Climbed here today with a party of 9. The Teddy Bear Slabs area does not have much room at the base, so big parties should spread out. We had 4 kids with us and a couple new climbers. The area was great for the ability level of the kids and newer climbers. The rock was pretty solid for a new area and nothing bigger than a dime came off. Thanks for the new routes and look forward to more family climbing here.
By Jon Ruland
From: Tucson, AZ
Mar 31, 2010
glad you liked it. multiple people have mentioned the base could use a little work to be more kid-friendly. i'll see if i can get up there this weekend and clean it up a bit. specifically i think it's all the sharp branches and sticks poking out that are the problem.
By Geir
From: Tucson, AZ
Mar 31, 2010
jon, there's a guy trying to lure children into his car with candy at the base of the crag, too. please make sure to move him. :)
By Jon Ruland
From: Tucson, AZ
Apr 4, 2010
is this the van?

i think it's ok. he seems pretty legit to me.
By Boodge Nomchompski
Apr 5, 2010
"Free" is always good. No matter what.
By Joe Kreidel
From: Tucson, AZ
Apr 5, 2010
I saw an Access Fund sticker on the van, so he's alright.
By Geir
From: Tucson, AZ
Apr 5, 2010
By Adam Block
From: Tucson, AZ
Apr 9, 2010
I always say nothing's as expensive as "free". Looking forward to checking these out, I just hope you guys spent more time picking the lines than the names ;) Thanks for putting in the work.
By John seJerman
Jan 4, 2011
would anybody have gps coordinates for the nursery or the parking area? Greatly appreciated!
By Jimbo
Jan 4, 2011
Park at Green slabs parking area (See guide book)

Look across road. Trail starts at the end of the guard rail. Look up, grab rock and throw. You will hit the Nursery rock.
By Yair Horowitz
Jan 29, 2012
I went to Teddy Bear Slabs and Rapunzel Tower earlier today and had the place to myself. Some observations:

1) Location: To make things more exact, the pullout is just after where the road crosses between two rock formations, just before mile marker 10.

2) I was very happy with the climbs on TB and RT. The base of TB is on its way toward kid-friendliness, but isn't there yet. I cleared away a lot of dead bushes and choss, but there's still work to be done. (Also, it seems like "Climber Jumped Over The Roof" starts in a bush.)

3) I was toprope soloing, but had I been toproping I would have been a bit freaked out during the lower about the many sharp ledges on TB and the north side of Rapunzel. Be mindful of this when you climb.

4) I loved the master rap station on TB. Thumb up on the clever idea. Toprope access to Rapunzel involves a pretty (very) sketchy move, however.

5) I'm not sure whether the anchor situation on Traditional Fairytale (RT) has been resolved, but the anchors that I saw on TB and RT looked bomber.

Thanks for opening up this area. The two minute approach time is awesome!
By Cody States
May 13, 2012
Climbed the Nursery May 12, 2012. The area is pretty wooded and the hike is short but real steep. Easy to top rope by climbing the "hey diddle diddle crack in the middle". Happy never after is a great climb and very challenging. Good luck to everyone!
Rock Climbing Photo: Happily never after
Happily never after
By Jon Ruland
From: Tucson, AZ
Jul 2, 2012
sorry about the delayed response yair. the anchor hanger on traditional fairytale has not been replaced yet (at least by me). but at least i have a good excuse (laziness). i might get an opportunity in the next couple weeks to fix that, what with the monsoon and cooler weather arriving on the mountain.
By PC Cao
Sep 18, 2012
If you pass mile marker 10 then park at the next pull out to the right (it's right after mile 10) and back track. my friends and I did 'The Golden Stair' this weekend but we had an adventure trying to find The Nursery. For some reason we read somewhere that it was at mile 10.2. anyway happy exploring and climbing guys !
By Sam T.1
From: Tucson, AZ
Sep 7, 2015
My climbing buddy, after starting at the gym several months ago, decided to bust out and hit some rock, and I thought this would be a good spot to start out top roping, with a wide range of skill levels. And it was a good choice! Rapunzel's Tower in the center is fantastic. The belay area is shaded until 1pm in the summer, has a large clear area at the base and overlooks the view to Tucson. Meanwhile the climbing on Rapunzel's is highly rewarding. The other two rocks are ok. The far rock, Dirty Diaper, has no shade at all on belay, and due to the pronounced overhang on the rock, all the anchor points are a little off the climbing paths and leave you at risk of pendulum. Anchor points here aren't particularly high up either. The first rock face, Teddy Bear Slabs is what it's advertised to be as pretty low intensity slab. I'd imagine the first 6 feet would be difficult for a true novice or child, but the rest is straightforward. Good introduction for us to small overhangs on the eastern face of the rock, and great confidence building. You'll need somebody familiar with rappel to set the anchors, and the belay station is 1 foot of junky trail with no shade at the base, as it quickly turns into brush near the wall.

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