HAIRPIN TURN BOULDERS
Sitting below impressive cliffs at the base of a large and looming canyon, the bouldering at Hairpin is another spot where the scenery is almost as good as the climbing - and the climbing is excellent here. From exciting polished slabs to steep and desperate roofs - there is something for everyone here, even little kids can have a blast scrambling around and sliding down the jumbles of creekbed boulders. Many of the boulders here are highly featured, giving you lots of options of lines and variations, making it easy to spend lots of time in one spot without getting restless. And while Hairpin has some great boulders for beginner and intermediate level climbers, Hairpin also houses a high concentration of very difficult problems and projects, with multiple problems v8 and up. The first boulder you come to the approach is Hairpin Roof, which has two steep faces with numerous problems and variations. The next boulder is Hairpin Cave, with a v10 and an undone sit start into it. This is a great place to boulder whether you are looking to push your limits, or are out for a casual morning of circuiting v1's.
DRIVING DIRECTIONS -
Take Catalina HWY up towards Mt. Lemmon. Just past the Coronado National Forest sign, right before the first hairpin turn, park in the pullout on the right hand side of the road.
APPROACH DIRECTIONS -
Just as easy as the drive. Cross the street, and head upstream a little bit, locating the trail on the left side of the stream. After about 100 yards you will come to the obvious Hairpin Roof. From here, just keep walking upstream to remaining boulders.
SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS -
Please pack out all trash! The base of the boulders here are accumulating an unfortunate amount of tape, cigarette butts and other little things.