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The Pond

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Blisters in the Sun 
Casting Couch, The 
Casting Shadows 
Christmas Chocolate 
Chutes and Ladders  
Close Call 
Cowboy 
Cowgirl 
Crosses Are Free, The 
Date Rape 
Dead Pool 
Death Row 
Desert Devil 
Easy Pool 
Endomorph Man 
Fat Boy Goes to the Pond 
Follow Your Heart 
God Save The Ta Tas 
Great Short Route 
In Seam 
Is Nothing Sacred 
Just Can't Get Any 
Leave Your Money On the Dresser 
Loc-Tite 
Main Squeeze 
Mona Lisa 
Natural Wonder 
Next To Nothing 
Ninja School 
Noah's Ark 
Nothing But Air 
Nothing Lasts Forever 
Nothing Shocking 
Nothing To It 
Nothing's There 
Nothings Left  
Nothings Right 
Pocket Party 
Pocket Pow-Wow 
Pocket Pulling Pansies 
Pocket Puzzle 
Pocket Warmer 
Pompasfuc 
Pony Express 
Princess Jordini and Her Magic Flute  
Return From the Great Mormon Experience 
Rock Lobster 
Rocky Horror Picture Show 
Safe Pool 
Sappy Love Song 
Soft Parade, The 
Space Hog 
Takin it to the Street 
Time Share 
Weak Sister 
Winds of Change  
Youth is Beauty 
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The Pond 


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Elevation: 3,500'
Location: 33.3104, -111.06756 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

The Pond is one of the most popular destinations at Queen Creek, and for good reason. There are a multitude of good moderate routes here, mostly on good pocketed rock. The area faces south is generally in the sun and warm, so plan appropriately.


Getting There 

The Pond is found up on the hillside about a mile past the big tunnel you pass through coming out of Superior. Park in a big lot on the right, then hike beside the road, carefully cross highway 60 at the bridge and then scramble up through the rocks to reach the Pond.


62 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Pond:
Pocket Warmer   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
Chutes and Ladders    5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Sport   
Easy Pool   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Dead Pool   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Nothing Shocking   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Sport, 55'   
Follow Your Heart   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Sappy Love Song   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Sport   
The Casting Couch   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Pocket Puzzle   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport   
Arete Horizon   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport, 75'   
Pocket Pow-Wow   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Pocket Party   5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
Space Hog   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
Close Call   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Sport, 75'   
In Seam   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
The Big Weld Show   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 90'   
The Soft Parade   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   
Mona Lisa   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Just Can't Get Any   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   
Desert Devil   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ E6 6c     Sport   
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Featured Route For The Pond
Mona Lisa goes up the crack that starts just above the little bush in this picture.

Mona Lisa 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c  AZ : Central Arizona : ... : The Pond
Stemming a dihedral eventually leads you up to the overhanging crack that constitutes the crux section on this work of art [okay, a little hyperbolic]. From here, you will utilize lie backs, finger locks, and even a hand jam to surmount the bulge. This is an engaging route with a great overhanging finish and is at least as fun as the over hyped edging of The Soft Parade. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

News and Events For The Pond
Photos of The Pond Slideshow Add Photo
Can anyone identify this route at the Ponds (runs up center of photo)? I believe it is considered to be the Lower Ponds, pretty far to the west. There are 7 bolts to the chains.
BETA PHOTO: Can anyone identify this route at the Ponds (runs ...
SECTION DETAIL: Upper Pond: Pocket Pulling Pansies through Main Squeeze (January 2014)
BETA PHOTO: SECTION DETAIL: Upper Pond: Pocket Pulling Pansies...
Looking west...unidentified route is on flat face of rock where detached pinnacle is (start is at the base).
BETA PHOTO: Looking west...unidentified route is on flat face ...
Scott on an unknown 5.6, 12 of 40
Scott on an unknown 5.6, 12 of 40
Approach up the rocks to reach the Pond Area
BETA PHOTO: Approach up the rocks to reach the Pond Area
Cold day in January 2007.  Photo by Aaron Locander.
Cold day in January 2007. Photo by Aaron Locander...
Photo taken January 23, 2010, after a huge rainstorm in the area.
Photo taken January 23, 2010, after a huge rainsto...
Heath climbing for the first time at Queen Creek, AZ
Heath climbing for the first time at Queen Creek, ...
Here's the trail up to The Pond - no climbing up there today! 2010-01-23
Here's the trail up to The Pond - no climbing up t...
The Pond's parking area, from above.
BETA PHOTO: The Pond's parking area, from above.
Jeffrey Gibson on Arete Horizon
Jeffrey Gibson on Arete Horizon
SECTION DETAIL: Upper Pond: Time Share through The Soft Parade (January 2014)
BETA PHOTO: SECTION DETAIL: Upper Pond: Time Share through The...
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By J tot
From: Tempe, AZ
Jan 18, 2011

This would help a lot more if someone familiar with the area put up a beta topo of the wall... or numbered the route names left to right or something like that.

By Ben Beard
From: Superior, AZ
Dec 21, 2011

Josh, you could buy a Marty guide for a few bucks.

By Ben Beard
From: Superior, AZ
Feb 3, 2012

the description should really recommend climbers to go under the bridge to cross. Simply stay on the trail from the parking lot along the guard rail until you meet the bridge. There is an easy down slope to get under the bridge.

By Stefanie S.R.
Feb 19, 2012

To avoid confused climbers, when you cross the bridge (over or under) walk to the right of the pond, over or traverse. Then look for the blue hand line to up and it becomes obvious where to go after that.

By Austin Sobotka
Jan 7, 2013

me and my partner were the last group to leave this past saturday, on our way out i found a single shoe under pocket puzzle. it's a right foot evolv defy. message me if its yours and i'll get it to you

By GregC
Feb 20, 2013

The approach here is pretty hairy. Of course there are likely dozens of ways. If you are visiting for the first time, you will likely be soloing a 5.2 scramble.

By Toby Wehler
From: Chandler, AZ
Oct 26, 2013

Found a pair of shoes hiking out along the trail heading down to the dried up pond last night (10/25)....let me know what you're missing and I'll get them back to you