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The Ravens  


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Elevation: 9,100'
Location: 32.4334, -110.7971 View Map  Incorrect?
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  • Description 

    The Ravens are between Rappel Rock and the Fortress and are closer to the latter. There are four towers that jut from the hillside. They run from SSE to NNW. A variety of routes adventure to sport can be found here as well as some great summits that can only be reached by climbers. Depending on which side of a tower you climb routes can range from 100-200 feet long. Some of Mt. Lemmon's longest most sustained single pitch sport routes (140 ft.) are found here and should not be missed. The towers (A, B, C, & D have routes on most sides so if you want shade you can usually find it. The Murray Wall is at the upper end and is not a tower. It has a number of routes 5.11-5.12 that face west. The approach may seem long by Mt. Lemmon standards (25-40) but it is well worth it.

    Getting There 

    The approach by the time you leave from the grocery store at Tanque Verde and the Catalina highway takes about 90 minutes. Drive to the top of the mountain through the gate just past the ski area. Where the gate blocks the road to the observatory park in the parking lot on the left. Hike left around fenced transformers. Follow the fire lookout road down hill. Hike past the turn to the lookout and go past the Summerhaven (steel shack) water pumphouse about 300 yards. Turn left at an electrical box as the road curves back to the right and rises slightly. Depending on the routes you want to do hike down the left or right side of the crag.

    Climbing Season



    Weather station 4.4 miles from here

    17 Total Routes

    ['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
    ['<=5.6',0],['5.7',2],['5.8',1],['5.9',1],['5.10',6],['5.11',6],['5.12',1],['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 The Ravens:
    Luke Slingwalker   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 250'   
    Hotshot   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 3 pitches, 250'   
    MoMo Buttress   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 140'   
    If You Bolt It They Will Come   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 145'   
    El Curvo   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 130'   
    SR-71 (Blackbird)   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
    Swing Set   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 140'   
    Layer Cake   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
    Raven Maniac   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 140'   
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    Featured Route For The Ravens
    Julie B stemming between the two chockstones at the start of the route.

    Block Party 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13  AZ : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : ... : The Ravens
    Found in the awe inspiring chimney between Raven B and Raven C Block Party rises 95ft. Start from the prominent chokestones and stem for 25 feet on dubious rock to the first bolt. From here continue to stem, clipping the second bolt, before finally committing to the vertical face of Raven B. Delicate, interesting, and sometimes mentally committing moves lead to a no hands rest. Savor this rest before engaging the crimps and edges of the crux. From the undercling trend right on Fort...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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    By Dwook
    Oct 28, 2010
    If anyone finds a Red number 1 Black Diamond Cam I think I accidentally lost it here...Near the first Raven just as you cut off from the main path to approach. Mike (805)907-2279
    By jaspur
    From: tucson,az
    Sep 4, 2014
    Found some booty at the base of if you bolt it they will come. Pm me with a description if you want it back