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Low crux of Hell Bitch, V9
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Description 

The name says it all. Tons of bouldering scattered across the mountainside and down into the valley, mostly slabby to slightly overhung moderates (V0-V3) along with some hard, steeper problems and lots of highballs. Rock is typical high Mt. Lemmon granite: sharp, with plenty of crimps and slopers, and of varying quality. The boulders are fairly spread out, and though most near the trail have been developed, there is certainly much more to be found by those willing to hike farther out and off the trail. A great and unique escape in the warmer months.

A good map and topos may be found in Tyler McMillen's Tucson Bouldering (pdf).


Getting There 

Take Mt. Lemmon Highway through Summerhaven to the parking area at Marshall Gulch. Take the Marshall Gulch trail 1.2 miles to its intersection with the Wilderness of Rocks trail. Follow the Wilderness of Rocks trail a few hundred yards until you reach the start of the boulders. The 30+ minute approach may seem a bit long, but the trails are flat and well-maintained, and the solitude, scenery, and good climbing you'll enjoy make the hike worthwhile.

NOTE: The Marshall Gulch trail follows and sometimes crosses a small creek, so watch the weather carefully and beware of flash floods, especially during monsoon season (about mid-June through September.)


8 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Wilderness of Rocks:
Pimpin' Curly   V5 6C     Boulder   Swimming Hole
My Name is Mud   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Primus Wall
Wynona's Big Brown Beaver   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Primus Wall
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Featured Route For Wilderness of Rocks
My Name is Mud starts in the obvious feature at the bottom right of this photo. Climber is on Blue Collar Tweekers.

My Name is Mud 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c  AZ : Mount Lemmon (Santa Catalin... : ... : Primus Wall
Follow very shallow dihedral feature to first bolt. Crux is between 1st and 2nd bolts. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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Ian Evans on Hell Bitch, V9 at the WOR
Ian Evans on Hell Bitch, V9 at the WOR
The Hell Bitch boulder
The Hell Bitch boulder
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