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Adamantasaurus Flacciphallicus PhD S 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Adventure Quest S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Arete Horizon S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Beer and Dead Animals S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Big Weld Show, The S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Blisters in the Sun S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Casting Couch, The S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Casting Shadows S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Christmas Chocolate S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Chutes and Ladders S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Close Call S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Clueless S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Cowboy S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Cowgirl S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Crosses Are Free, The S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Date Rape S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
Dead Pool S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Death Row S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
Desert Devil S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Easy Pool S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Emerald, The S 5.13+ 8b 30 X- 31 E7 7a
Endomorph Man S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Fat Boy Goes to the Pond S 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Follow Your Heart S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
God Save The Ta Tas S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Great Short Route S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Hot House S 5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b
Hot Line S 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
In Seam S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Is Nothing Sacred S 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Just Can't Get Any S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b PG13
Leave Your Money On the Dresser S 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Liquid Sunshine S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Loc-Tite S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Main Squeeze S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Mistaken Identity S 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Mona Lisa S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Natural Wonder T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Next To Nothing S 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Ninja School S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Noah's Ark S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Nothing Becomes Her S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Nothing But Air S 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
Nothing Lasts Forever S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Nothing Shocking S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Nothing To It S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Nothing's There S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Nothings Left S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Nothings Right S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Out on Parole S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Pocket Party S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Pocket Pow-Wow S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Pocket Pulling Pansies S 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Pocket Puzzle S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Pocket Warmer S 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Pompasfuc S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Pony Express S 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Princess Jordini and Her Magic Flute S 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Return From the Great Mormon Experience S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Rock Lobster S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Rocky Horror Picture Show S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Sappy Love Song S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Soft Parade, The S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Space Hog S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Takin it to the Street S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Time Share S 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Warden, The S 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Weak Sister S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Wild Wild West S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Winds of Change S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Youth is Beauty S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
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Elevation: 3,500 ft
GPS: 33.31, -111.068 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Orphaned on Jan 20, 2006 with updates
Admins: Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick

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.
Must Register! Private Property-The Pond, Atlantis and Mine Area Details

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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Pond

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Pocket Warmer
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Easy Pool
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Sappy Love Song
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Follow Your Heart
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Dead Pool
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
The Casting Couch
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Pocket Puzzle
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Arete Horizon
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Pocket Pow-Wow
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Pocket Party
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
In Seam
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Space Hog
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
The Big Weld Show
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
The Soft Parade
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Mona Lisa
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Pocket Warmer 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Easy Pool 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Sappy Love Song 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Follow Your Heart 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Dead Pool 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
The Casting Couch 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Pocket Puzzle 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Arete Horizon 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Pocket Pow-Wow 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Pocket Party 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
In Seam 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Space Hog 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
The Big Weld Show 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
The Soft Parade 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Mona Lisa 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
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ErikF  
There is now signage at The Pond and Atlantis indicating the need for climbers to register.

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Jo Mer
Tempe
Jo Mer   Tempe
Bee swarm warming. Yesterday afternoon, March 11th, a large swarm of bees came up on us by the "Nothing" climbs at the west end of the Pond. The swarm came up really suddenly and hung out for a while. Bee careful out there! Mar 12, 2017
LOST GEAR: One Black Diamond Posiwire quickdraw. Last seen to the left of Pocket Puzzle. If found please contact zcamerlin@gmail.com I know it's a long shot but it would be super rad if it came back home. Lost on 3/5/17. I work at AZ on the Rocks for contact also. Have Fun!!! Mar 8, 2017
I found some climbing shoes up in the Pond area in Dec/2016. Hit me up with the type/size and I'll make sure and get them too you. Cheers. Jan 12, 2017
Tim Heid   AZ
Oak Flat Campground is about 5 mins east of the Pond. Just keep going towards Globe on the US-60 and there will be a sign and a turnoff on the right. Dec 23, 2016
Does anyone have any recommendations on camping near The Pond? Dec 22, 2016
ErikF  
Dear Climbers:

We love climbing at The Pond, Atlantis and the Mine area. They are favorites for most of us who climb in the Queen Creek area. These areas have been the private property of Resolution Mining Company and its predecessors since the 1960's or earlier. Climbing on this private property, The Pond, Atlantis, and parts of the Mine areas now requires that you register in order to gain legal access. This is an easy process. You can do this at: queencreekclimbing.com.

Registration does not mean that you endorse the Mine or Land Exchange. It is simply the way that climbers can access the private property without trespassing. This system was anticipated and agreed to under the Recreational Use License signed by the Access Fund covering the time period 2006 to 2011, and by Queen Creek Coalition’s current Recreational Use License with Resolution Copper that allows climbers on the private property.

Registration is an easy process where you go to the website, read a couple pages of information, and then sign an electronic form and waiver that you understand the rules that apply and that you agree to abide by them. You will receive an email in response from which you can download either an electronic copy or a hardcopy of your registration. It would be good for you to retain these and present them to the authorities on site if ever requested; however, it is also anticipated that the list of registrants will be stored by Queen Creek Coalition for any future verification.

This is a one-time and free process so once you are registered you are good to go.

You can read more about this process and the announcement at the Queen Creek Coalition website – theqcc.org or the Queen Creek Coalition’s Facebook page - facebook.com/Queen-Creek-Co…

The Queen Creek Coalition Dec 13, 2016
Hi, I think I left my bd stone gloves at the base of a rap from the top of the pond if anyone fin da then please let me know, thanks. Mar 9, 2016
Greg Opland    
Heather Fischer says:
I've heard of a mysterious alternate approach for dogs to The Pond, but have yet to discover it. There is an alternative trail on the Marty's map, does anyone have any beta on this other approach?


Looking at Marty's map, I see a trail leading out left along the base of the lower area, but no alternate trail marked. Could be my version is old or something.

Still...

a) I have two dogs. Love for them to go with us when we do stuff, but there are places where they just don't belong. This is one of them. There's nowhere for their poop (and I've seen dog poop up there - thanks irresponsible dog owners!), and there is potential for them to either knock a rock off down onto the road, or to plummet off the side themselves. Not to mention the increasingly growing hatred people are getting towards dogs at the crags.

b) Lastly, and probably more important. IF a rock goes tumbling off the Pond area, and causes an accident or death on the road below, I'm pretty sure you can kiss this area goodbye. It won't matter who did it (heck, it could be spontaneous), but we'll be OUT. We only climb here with the permission of the landowners (Resolution Copper) and they could revoke that permission at any time. It's nearly a guarantee that any sort of rock/vehicle interaction on the road below will result in the climbing at this area being revoked as there would be no reason for the owners to continue to take on that liability. So what I'm saying is this: Stick to the regular trail. Don't go exploring up the loose, crappy, gullies that you might be able to get up to get to the routes here. It's not worth it.

Just my input. Realize people will do whatever they want. We've lost enough areas for senseless reasons. Would be really nice if we don't contribute to that list. Dec 27, 2015
Heather Fischer
Tempe, Arizona
Heather Fischer   Tempe, Arizona
I've heard of a mysterious alternate approach for dogs to The Pond, but have yet to discover it. There is an alternative trail on the Marty's map, does anyone have any beta on this other approach? Dec 19, 2015
luketipple
Bend, OR
luketipple   Bend, OR
Update to the instructions above.
The parking lot is exactly 0.6 miles from the tunnel exit on your right (heading East) and just before the bridge. If you cross the bridge you've gone too far but there is another parking lot at 1 mile from the tunnel exit if the first one is full. The 'Pond' approach (under the bridge, scramble up and keep the first pond on your left, continue up and right to the second pond) consists of several scrambles and there is currently a rebar ladder and webbing strap to help the vertical sections. Not too bad really and much easier than the direct approach from the carpark which involves scrambles up chimneys with loose rock.

WARNING
There's currently a lot of loose rock on the upper paths. I saw one climbing party dislodge a mini fridge sized rock which tumbled 150ft+ down a direct approach chimney and narrowly missed a car. Heads up and helmets on. Dec 1, 2015
Toby Wehler
Indianapolis, IN
Toby Wehler   Indianapolis, IN
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 Oct 26, 2013
enkoopa  
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. Feb 20, 2013
Austin Sobotka
Tucson, AZ
Austin Sobotka   Tucson, AZ
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 Jan 7, 2013
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. Feb 19, 2012
Ben Beard
Superior, AZ
Ben Beard   Superior, AZ
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. Feb 3, 2012
Ben Beard
Superior, AZ
Ben Beard   Superior, AZ
Josh, you could buy a Marty guide for a few bucks. Dec 21, 2011
J tot
Tempe, AZ
J tot   Tempe, AZ
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. Jan 18, 2011

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