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Rockfellow Dome

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L to R R to L Alpha
Abracadaver T 
Good Zzzzzs T 
Inner Passage T 
Jabberwocky T,S 
Knead Me 
Labyrinth, The T 
Lumpy Unmentionables T 
Sensory Desuetude T 
Sound of One Hand Thrashing T 
Unknown S 
Unknown (NE Face) T 
Unknown (S Face) T,S 
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Rockfellow Dome  

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Elevation: 6,600'
Location: 31.926, -109.9769 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Greg Opland, James DeRoussel, JJ Schlick, Hendrixson, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: John Peterson on Feb 3, 2006
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Rockfellow Dome is perhaps the finest chunk of rock in Arizona. It has some of the best crack and face climbs anywhere. Anyone climbing in Arizona should aspire to stand atop this rock.

The rock is divided into spires by massive fissures. One of the best outings in Arizona is the Inner Passage - a perfectly formed cleft that passes all the way through the Rockfellow Group, between Rockfellow Dome and Chay Desa Tsay.

This formation is flawless granite. It lacks the seas of chickenheads found on the surrounding domes - most of the climbs are crack and face routes.

Getting There 

Approach as for What's My Line. Follow the drainage up from the Rock in the Middle of the Road and turn left when reaching the divide to approach most of the routes. Approach time is a hour if you know the way and maybe 2 if you don't.

You can also get there from the west - the trail crosses the divide about .4 miles from the rock. This trail also goes back to the campground - an alternative to stumbling down the climbers trail in the dark if you have no light.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.9 miles from here

12 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Rockfellow Dome:
Inner Passage   5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a     Trad, 500'   
Abracadaver   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 6 pitches, 500'   
Sensory Desuetude   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R     Trad, 4 pitches, 550'   
Unknown (S Face)   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 6 pitches, 500'   
Sound of One Hand Thrashing   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a R     Trad, 5 pitches, 550'   
Unknown   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, Chipped, 6 pitches, 500'   
Jabberwocky   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b R     Trad, Sport, 4 pitches, 600'   
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Featured Route For Rockfellow Dome
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

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Rockfellow Domes.
Rockfellow Domes.
View to the east from the summit of End Pinnacle. ...
View to the east from the summit of End Pinnacle. ...
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Rockfellow Dome.  Closing in on the approach.
Rockfellow Dome. Closing in on the approach.
Rockfellow Dome.
Rockfellow Dome.
Clear blue skies right?  Two hours from this pictu...
Clear blue skies right? Two hours from this pictu...
Rockfellow Domes.  Note the really cool and unlike...
Rockfellow Domes. Note the really cool and unlike...
A summit pano.... mid January, 2014.
A summit pano.... mid January, 2014.

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By Scotty Nelson
From: Boulder
Feb 16, 2006
Raptor closures are effective March 1, according to the ranger.
By John Peterson
Feb 17, 2006
And from the west you don't have the silly fee just to park your car either. But the drive to the west side is definitely longer from Tucson given all the dirt road it requires.

By Charlie Perry
Jul 15, 2006
West entrance is more primitive and there is limited camping sites without access to water. East entrance sports a camping ground. However most routes on Rockfellow Dome have better access from the west side.
By Jordan K
From: Ohio
Dec 25, 2006
The turn off from trail #279 is marked with a small cairn as of 12/23/06 again. From the west side, shortly after passing the 1 mile marker, look for a small trail descending down and to the left as the main trail switchbacks up and to the right. Follow the trail as it wanders up a drainage, going in and out periodically. On the right, you will see the Rockfellow formation, and on the left is Cochise Dome. We found this easy, but perhaps slightly longer route to the base of the End Pinnacle. Continue in the main drainage for a while, past Cochise Dome, past a large formation immediately to the right -- hike until you are past the Rockfellow formation (it will seem like you've gone too far!). About 1/4 mile past the formation on the right, look for a trail leaving the drainage off to the right (cairned as of 12/06). Follow this up some low-angle slabs, weaving around boulders (again, it might feel you are hiking away from the Rockfellows). Go through a small boulder tunnel, and then turn right up a drainage which leads to the N side of the Rockfellow formation. This should all be well-cairned. Follow the trail that skirts the bottom of the formation to the base of a number of End Pinnacle routes.
By ttriche
From: Altadena, CA
Dec 26, 2006
The drive in from the west side (Middlemarch Road) was 20.1 miles according to my odometer. 9.8 miles to the 687 turnoff and another 10.3 miles to the West Stronghold campground. Even at 10pm, having never seen the place before, it was not too difficult to piece together the drive. Once we got there we did not have to move the truck until we left, and all of the approaches we did were quite manageable. This was suggested by 'Weekend Climbing Arizona', a nice cheap book that contains updated approach beta for Warpath, detailed instructions for getting to the Rockfellow domes and WML, and generally rules if you can't find Kerry's book prior to leaving for your trip.
By Christian
From: Casa do Cacete
Feb 27, 2007
Hey Greg,

You should post that topo you posted on Supertopo on here as well. (of the north(northeast?) side climbs)
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