Climb Mt Lemmon


We are climbing Mount Lemmon on Sunday; the area that we are climbing is Boot Hill and prison camp. This will be a day trip and will be leaving the Phoenix rock gym at 7 AM.

Boot Hill is the obvious north-facing cliff above the Prison Camp campground to the southeast. It appears in "Squeezing the Lemmon" on page 135 with a handful of routes They have added 29 new routes (5.5 to 5.11), mostly sport and mixed routes with chains or Metolius rap hangers. The rock varies from crumbly to solid - test the holds and watch out for rockfall. The routes are mostly on the north and west faces, so most routes are shady most of the day, but some sunshine can be had in the afternoon. The low elevation and shade should mean comfortable temps for early Spring and late Fall days as well as warm Winter days.

Getting There

the prison camp campground is located approximately 7 miles up the Catalina Highway, I do not believe there is a well marked sign for the campground so you'll need to keep a lookout for a left-hand turn into the campground.

Here are the GPS coordinates for the prison camp parking lot,             32.340199,-110.716744


Park in the southern-most parking area in the Prison Camp Campground. Head up a fire break as far as possible, then follow a cairn-marked trail uphill to the crags. The main branch in the trail will take you to "the Brickyard" area around the bottom of "Branch Breaker", near the center of the available routes.


Please feel free to give me a call if you have any questions at [masked]

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  • Scott

    Thanks everyone for a great time!­

    August 2, 2011

  • Tracy :D

    I had a great time climbing Mt. Lemmon with the Phoenix Rock Climbing Meetup. They are a great group of people that make sure safety and fun are number one. It was my first time climbing outdoors and I had a blast. I can't wait till the next outdoor meetup :)

    August 2, 2011

  • Ashley

    I had a great time climbing with everyone at Mt Lemmon on Sunday!

    August 2, 2011

  • Wesley Stone

    Thanks to everyone who came out and made this a great day climbing.

    July 31, 2011

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