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East Stronghold  

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The East Stronghold is accessed from Dragoon Road (exit 318 from I-10). It includes a number of excellent climbing areas, the most impressive of which is the Rockfellow Group. Note that much of this area is subject to seasonal closures. These closures have been detailed on the main page for Cochise. Please respect the closures.

A Google Earth .kmz file with an overhead of the East Stronghold can be downloaded at this address:


Access to this area is a privilege. Be a good steward of Cochise Stronghold by keeping the Leave No Trace principles in mind when visiting here. Below is a partial list of these principles and how they might be applied in the Stronghold. For further information, visit lnt.org.

1) Travel and camp on durable surfaces. Stay on trails and avoid damaging surface vegetation. Use established campsites.

2) Dispose of waste properly. Pack out litter. Dispose of human waste in a cathole at least 6-8 inches deep and 200 feet away from water. Do not leave toilet paper out in the wilderness.

3) Leave what you find. Leave rocks, plants, archaeological artifacts and other objects as found.

4) Minimize use and impact of fire. If a campfire is constructed use existing fire rings. Do not cut down trees for firewood. Ensure campfires are completely extinguished before leaving.

5) Respect wildlife. If enough people approach or interfere with wildlife, it can be disruptive to animal populations.

6) Be considerate of other visitors. Many other people enjoy the area, including bird watchers, hikers, and horseback riders. They have as much right to be there as climbers.

Getting There 

From Tucson take I-10 east to exit 318.

Take exit 318 and turn right. Head east 3.5 miles to Dragoon.

Cross the railroad tracks and continue on Dragoon Road 7.3 miles.

Turn right on Cochise Stronghold Road. Follow this road for 6 miles.

Turn right on to Ironwood Road.

Follow Ironwood road for 2.7 miles.

At this point you will be at the turnoff for Entrance dome, Batline Dome, Zappa Wall, Owl Rock, the Wasteland, Out of Towners, and Out of Downers. Numerous free primitive campsites are in this area.

Continue .9 miles to the East Side Campground (fee area) and the approach to the other East Side areas.

Note that Ironwood becomes a dirt road but is passable by passenger cars except for after severe rains when the washes can be flowing.

Camping and Accommodations:

There are about a dozen free primitive camping spots, a pay camping area, and at least three rental cabins/houses that can be used. All of them can be located on this page:


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Climbing Season

Weather station 5.7 miles from here

112 Total Routes

['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',46],['2 Stars',49],['1 Star',9],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for East Stronghold:
Inner Passage   5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a     Trad, 500'   Rockfellow Group : Rockfellow Dome
What's My Line?   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b A0 R     Trad, Aid, 3 pitches, 400'   Cochise Dome (What's My Lin...
The Wasteland   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 6 pitches, 600'   The Wasteland
What's My Line Direct   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   Cochise Dome (What's My Lin...
Nightstalker   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Owl Rock
Bee Line   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R     Trad, 3 pitches, 280'   Stronghold Dome
Forest Lawn   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   Rockfellow Group : Bastion Towers
Endgame   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 5 pitches, 600'   Rockfellow Group : End Pinnacle
Days of Future Passed   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   Rockfellow Group : End Pinnacle
Shake N Bake   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Stronghold Dome
Pair a Grins   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 150'   Rockfellow Group : Bastion Towers
Aribas Ameobas   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, Sport, 4 pitches, 400'   Out-of-Towners Dome
Welcome to the Machine   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, Sport, 5 pitches, 400'   Rockfellow Group : End Pinnacle
Abracadaver   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 6 pitches, 500'   Rockfellow Group : Rockfellow Dome
Sensory Desuetude   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R     Trad, 4 pitches, 550'   Rockfellow Group : Rockfellow Dome
Unknown (S Face)   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 6 pitches, 500'   Rockfellow Group : Rockfellow Dome
Unknown (L of Endgame)   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 5 pitches, 580'   Rockfellow Group : End Pinnacle
Let's Make a Deal   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 2 pitches, 225'   Cochise Dome (What's My Lin...
Sound of One Hand Thrashing   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a R     Trad, 5 pitches, 550'   Rockfellow Group : Rockfellow Dome
Jabberwocky   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b R     Trad, Sport, 4 pitches, 600'   Rockfellow Group : Rockfellow Dome
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Featured Route For East Stronghold
The initial slab / chimney

Inner Passage 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a  AZ : Cochise Stronghold : ... : Rockfellow Dome
This unique route offers a chance to take non-climbers on an adventure. Most climbers would be comfortable soloing this but a belay is a good idea for newbies.The crux is finding the correct entry into the dome. This route is immediately right of Abra / Knead Me, between the Rockfellow Dome and Chay Desa Tsay. It is NOT in the much bigger chimney next to End Pinnacle.There are only two places where a rope need be used. The initial pitch is about 5.3 and follows a ramp / crack into an massiv...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

Photos of East Stronghold Slideshow Add Photo
The view east from the top of Owl Rock in Cochise ...
The view east from the top of Owl Rock in Cochise ...
Owl rock below "mares tails."
Owl rock below "mares tails."
Dave and Scott in the Stronghold.
Dave and Scott in the Stronghold.
On the way back to Cochise... Photo 12/25 by Tony ...
BETA PHOTO: On the way back to Cochise... Photo 12/25 by Tony ...
I think this is Hurt Butt Buttress, taken from Roc...
I think this is Hurt Butt Buttress, taken from Roc...
Julie B enjoying 5.8 plates on gear.
Julie B enjoying 5.8 plates on gear.

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By Markel
Feb 24, 2012
We recently did 2 very good routes to the left of wasteland. These both go up the Direct SE face, 1st one to the left seemed to be 10a, with 4 pitches, and the next one further left seemed about 5.9, this one appeared to share the first 2 bolted pitches of the previous route. Both are outstanding routes with great lines. It sounds like one of these is called teenage wasteland???
By Geir
From: Tucson, AZ
Feb 25, 2012
Teenage Wasteland is the more difficult one. The Fire Sermon is the easier one.
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