Santa Catalina Summits

Arizona, United States, North America
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The Santa Catalina Mountains

The Santa Catalinas, just north of Tucson, are the largest range near the city. Towering more than 6,500 feet above town, they also provide a cool place to climb and hike when southern Arizona’s blistering summer sets in. The Catalinas also boast a huge variety of different hiking and climbing experiences. Some, like Mt. Lemmon and Mt. Bigelow, have roads which run to the top. Others, such as Rose Peak and Green Mountain, are a short stroll from the Catalina Highway. Many, like Prominent Point and The Cleaver, shed the climber's blood during a painful off-trail bushwhack through desert vegetation. And still others, such as Thimble Peak and Finger Rock, require rock climbing skills.

Ventana Canyon

Special Conditions

In 2003 the Catalinas suffered a catastrophic forest fire. Over eighty thousand acres burned and the area will take many years to recover. Loss of vegetation has facilitated erosion and flooding, and the natural dryness of the area slows revegetation. Please try to stay on the trails whenever possible, and if camping use existing sites and fire rings.

UN 7281

Catalina Summits

RankPeakElevation7.5 minute Quadrangle
1Mount Lemmon9,157Mt. Lemmon
2Mount Bigelow8,540Mount Bigelow
3Marshall Peak8,300Mount Lemmon
4Cathedral Rock7,957Mount Lemmon
5Green Mountain7,904Mount Bigelow
6Samaniego Peak7,700Mount Lemmon
7UN 76937,693Mount Bigelow
8Window Peak7,468Mount Lemmon
9Rose Peak7,303Mount Bigelow
10UN 7281 "Guthrie Mountain"7,281Mount Bigelow
11Mt. Kimball7,258Oro Valley
Mule Ears7,060Mount Lemmon
12Rattlesnake Peak6,653Sabino Canyon
13Prominent Point6,628Tucson North
14UN 65126,512Agua Caliente Hill
15Apache Peak6,441Oracle
Finger Rock6,420Tucson North
16Table Mountain6,265Oro Valley
17UN 61916,191Agua Caliente Hill
18Airmen Peak6,100Agua Caliente Hill
19UN 60606,060Mount Bigelow
20UN 60536,053Mount Bigelow
21UN 6020 "Table Tooth"6,020Oro Valley
UN 59685,968Agua Caliente Hill
22UN 59615,961Oracle
23UN 58205,820Oracle
24UN 58175,817Mount Bigelow
25Gibbon Mountain5,801Agua Caliente Hill
26UN 56815,681Mount Bigelow
27Bighorn Mountain5,660Oro Valley
28UN 55065,506Agua Caliente Hill
29UN 54715,471Agua Caliente Hill
30UN 54665,466Campo Bonito
31UN 54205,420Oracle
32UN 54205,420Sabino Canyon
33Agua Caliente Hill5,369Agua Caliente Hill
34Pusch Peak5,361Tucson North
35Thimble Peak5,323Sabino Canyon
36Oracle Hill5,300Oracle
37UN 51665,166Agua Caliente Hill
38UN 50555,055Agua Caliente Hill
39UN 50015,001Sabino Canyon
40UN 49404,940Oracle
UN 4910 "The Cleaver"4,910Tucson North

Clicking on the small picture by a peak will take you to a picture of that peak.

Clicking on an underlined peak will take you to that peak's page on SummitPost.

An elevation in red is interpolated.

Catalina Summits and the 300-foot rule....

Summits without ranking numbers on this list do not pass the “300-foot rule” – meaning that the drop between them and a higher peak is less than 300 feet. In this case, they are considered part of that higher peak, rather than an independent mountain. The fact that they fail this somewhat arbitrary test is no reflection upon the difficulty of summit in question; after all, Finger Rock, which is the most technical climb on this list, is not itself an actual peak.

The arch on Ventana Peak....

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Sarah Simon

Sarah Simon - Nov 24, 2012 5:22 pm - Voted 10/10

Newer peaks that need hyperlinks

Hi Walt, Here are a few peaks listed in your table that have pages on SP but do not yet have a hyperlink in the table on this page: ¡Gracias! Sarah


Andinistaloco - Nov 26, 2012 11:41 pm - Hasn't voted


You've been hard at work. Damn it, I need to dust off the html book and add those....

Sarah Simon

Sarah Simon - Mar 31, 2014 12:54 am - Voted 10/10

Re: Wow...

Hey, hombre... I noticed that the noteworthy monarch of the Santa Catalina's is missing from this page! (It just needs to be attached.) ;) Better talk to the Lemmon page owner ;) Sarah


Andinistaloco - Apr 6, 2014 9:01 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Wow...

That slack ass owner... Thanks! No idea how that happened... I remember redoing that page and I would've sworn I attached it then. D'oh. How've you been? Getting any climbing done? This hasn't been my most spectacular climbing year, but it seems about to get better....

Sarah Simon

Sarah Simon - Apr 18, 2014 7:52 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Wow...

Who's the slacker? I just now saw your note! Meh, I'm in a bit of a slump. Been traveling a ton for work - I'm not exactly up for anything hardcore when I only get home for 40 hours over a weekend then hit the road again! No worries, I'll enjoy mellow little hikes each weekend before hitting it hard again! I miss Arizona already... :-( Sarah


Andinistaloco - Jul 8, 2014 12:37 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Wow...

Me! Hell, I'm not even sure I remember how to attach stuff, although I'm off to have a look now. Dig the new profile shot, btw. Sorry you've been too busy to climb much... I just quit my job, thus giving myself plenty of time... and then crippled my left hand. Sheeeesh. I guess it's peakbagging and hiking this summer. :/

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