Wheeler Wall is a great crag lying in an area that was relatively undamaged by the Bullock fire and completely unscathed by the Aspen Fire. It is home to a small number of bolted slab routes in the 5.10-5.11 range and one worthwhile trad/bolted route (5.7+). The rock quality is excellent, and the climbing steep and challenging. All the climbs are one long pitch, so bring a 60m rope and be prepared to walk off (easy, obvious descent).
Quickdraw McGraw (5.10R) makes this crag worth a look, while Sahrrite (5.7+) is a good moderate lead.
Park on the right hand side of the Catalina Highway, just past the Rose Canyon turn-off (about two tenths of a mile further up the road). This is a newly renovated and rather large parking lot and no longer fits the "small pull-out" description in Squeezing the Lemmon. Park and head back downhill 20-30 yards, then head up a steep gully toward a visible large slab (which is Wheeler Wall). The base of the wall is a steep 5-10 minute walk.
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Head for the bottom right corner of Wheeler Wall to get to the base of this climb. The route climbs near the buttress that forms the right edge of the wall. This is a nice long route with mixed types of climbing. The first two thirds follow the crack that diagonals up alongside the buttress. After this head up the face past two bolts to easier climbing above. The route protects pretty well and is easier than many other 5.7s on Lemmon. This pitch is more than 1/2 a rope length, even with a ...[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
|By 1Eric Rhicard|
Apr 23, 2006
Park at the Green Mtn. Trail parking lot MP 17.2 and walk down the road. Go past the wall a bit and head up the drainage.
From: Tucson, Az
Sep 10, 2007
Since all these pitches are too long to rap with one rope (and the topout anchors are not rap type anchors anyway) the best way to get back down to your packs is to downclimb the 3rd class gully to the right of the topout. Will deposit you right back at the start of "Sahrrite"
From: Tucson, Az
Apr 1, 2008
Looks like the Wheeler Wall has been added to the falcon closure list from March 15th through June 30th. See climbaz.com for details