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Elephant Dome

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Elephant Dome 


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Elevation: 4,500'
Location: 31.9898, -111.5148 View Map  Incorrect?
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  • Description 

    Elephant Dome is the huge granite dome on the north side of the wash as you approach the canyon. This dome contains a number of mixed routes including The Elephants Trunk (5.7), B-Cubed (5.10b), Elephantiasis (5.10c), and Crater Genetics (5.11b R). The rock quality covers the spectrum from rotten to excellent. Grass and cactus are local residents on many ledges on the dome. Scenic views of the saguaro cactus-covered desert wilderness below add to this backcountry climbing experience. Although some of the routes can be rapped to descend the dome, there is a descent scramble/rappel in the south-facing gully between Elephant Dome and Right Dome to its east (see B Cubed descent description).


    Getting There 

    Follow the “Getting There” description for Mendoza Canyon and the access instructions to arrive at the small reservoir. Walk across the dam and follow path marked by cairns. The trail will branch with the left branch going to Table Dome and the right branch goes to Elephant dome. The approach paths can be difficult to follow so keep on the lookout for the cairns. At the fork, take the right branch which will cross the canyon’s wash through a small and thick bamboo forest. Continue on trail scrambling up toward the dome. The trail reaches the dome between Elephantiasis and B Cubed.


    5 Total Routes


    ['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
    ['<=5.6',0],['5.7',1],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',3],['5.11',1],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

    The Classics

    Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Elephant Dome:
    The Elephant's Trunk   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 6 pitches, 1000'   
    B Cubed   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 6 pitches, 750'   
    Elephantiasis   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 6 pitches, 750'   
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    The Elephant's Trunk as seen from Wily Javelina on Table Dome. Photo by Geir Hundal

    The Elephant's Trunk 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  AZ : Southern Arizona : ... : Elephant Dome
    The Elephant's Trunk is a long, fun adventure route in a backcountry setting that is hard to beat. The most moderate established route in the area, it is mostly 5.5 or less, but varying rock quality and tricky pro will keep you on your toes. The route follows the striking left profile of Elephant Dome.Start at the foot of the buttress below the left end of Elephant Dome. P1) Climb easy fifth class buttress on okay rock for a pitch (5.6), until the terrain flattens out and you can walk over to...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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    Elephant Dome, Mendoza Canyon
    Elephant Dome, Mendoza Canyon
    Descent from the summit (read descent for B-Cubed): scramble down in the gully between the domes until hit a large ledge on top of a slab. From there, three single rope raps take you to the base. Double 70mts ropes are short by only 5-7 feet to make it in one rap all the way down. Is easy to downclimb the button but be careful!!!
    Descent from the summit (read descent for B-Cubed)...
    The Elephant's Trunk
    The Elephant's Trunk
    A little run out in spots....Start of the "second pitch" <br />or the start of the actual trunk...
    A little run out in spots....Start of the "second ...
    Some history in these hills...
    Some history in these hills...
    Enjoying the morning
    Enjoying the morning
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