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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.
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.
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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'
SR-71 (Blackbird) 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
El Curvo 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 130'
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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El Curvo 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b AZ : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : ... : The Ravens
This one is a GEM. 130ft. that involves crystal pulling (big and small), good sequencing, some spicy bolt spacing, and tops it off with stemming (a little bit at the beginning, and some with great exposure at the end). A must do if you've made your way down to the Ravens....[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
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