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3 - Windy Point East

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3 - Windy Point East  


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Description 

According to Squeezing the Lemmon II, "this short section of the highway is from milepost 13.6 to 13.8 (edited) and has the greatest concentration of climbs anywhere on the mountain". Most of the cliffs found here are east-facing, but there are exceptions, so comfortable microclimates can be found in all but the hottest times of the year.

Windy Point is a vista/overlook spot where one can see the entire Tucson valley, making it a popular stop for tourists. Parking and bathrooms can be found here, as well as a plethora of high quality climbing routes.






Getting There 

Catalina Highway.

Most of the climbs can be best accessed by parking in the large lot at Windy Point, or in one of the pullouts just downhill from Windy Point proper. See individual crag descriptions for best approach.

Climbing Season



Weather station 3.4 miles from here

140 Total Routes

['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',31],['2 Stars',60],['1 Star',40],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',5],['5.7',6],['5.8',15],['5.9',14],['5.10',46],['5.11',30],['5.12',14],['5.13',4],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',1],['V2-3',5],['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 3 - Windy Point East:
Rabbit Tracks   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Turret Rock and Environs
R1   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 120'   Rupley Towers
R4   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 130'   Rupley Towers
Space Cowboy   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 75'   Wind Wall
Birthday Girl   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Anduriel Tower
Bop Til You Drop   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 140'   Rupley Towers
Desire   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R     Trad, 1 pitch, 180'   Nurd Rock
Lizard Marmalade Direct   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 135'   Punch and Judy Towers
Steve's Arete   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Hunchback Pinnacle
Just Do It   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Punch and Judy Towers
Stealth Made Man   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch   Turret Rock and Environs
Racing The Moon   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   Turret Rock and Environs
Honeymooners   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 2 pitches, 130'   Honeymooner's Wall
Arizona Flyways   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Anduriel Tower
Power Hungry   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 2 pitches, 160'   Punch and Judy Towers
Holey Moley   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 80'   New Wave Wall
Green Ripper   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Hunchback Pinnacle
Honker   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Big Pine Towers
Tsunami   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   New Wave Wall
New Wave Direct   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 50'   New Wave Wall
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Sunset at Windy Point
Sunset at Windy Point
Hitchcock Pinnacle just before reaching Windy Point proper, Mt. Lemmon
Hitchcock Pinnacle just before reaching Windy Poin...
windy point
windy point
The best place to watch the sun set
The best place to watch the sun set
Mount Lemmon Hwy and Tucson beyond, Mt. Lemmon
Mount Lemmon Hwy and Tucson beyond, Mt. Lemmon

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