A roadside area just north of Marana, to me Silverbell feels like an outdoor gym. A nice warm up boulder right by the road will get you started on a vertical wall full of holds, ripe for creative traverses and eliminates. A short hike up the hill leads to the A-Frame, a short but steep boulder where you can put your fingers to the test on powerful pocket and crimp problems. This is a perfect place for an afternoon or evening session, as topping out will reward you with spectacular views of the sunset over Avra Valley.
GETTING THERE: Drive north on I-10 to the Cortaro Rd exit. Go west on Cortaro, passing all the new shopping centers. At Silverbell road, turn right (north). Follow Silverbell Rd. for several miles (passing Lil Abners Steakhouse, mmmm) until the road forks. When the road forks, you will stay right, following Silverbell Rd.. You will drive past and old mine, and a few neighborhoods. Once you see the large cliffs on the right hand side, look for a dirt pullout on the left hand side of the road. Park here, and cross the street.
APPROACH: For the first boulder, cross the street (yeah, that's it). For the A-Frame boulder, head up the hill and slightly right. There isn't a good trail, but it is hard to get too lost.
SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS: In the past there have been questions about the legality of climbing here. It seems the land is now owned by the county, and climbing is allowed. But please be respectful of nearby houses, so as not to jeopardize access in the future.
Javelina Center (v1-2)
Drilled Pockets Left (v4)
Drilled Pockets Right (v5)
Javelina Left (v6)
The Rails (v6)