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Atlantis North Side 4 / 16 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 19
Atlantis South Side 1 / 21 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 22
Elevation: 3,421 ft
GPS: 33.306, -111.077 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: Tim Heid on Jan 30, 2006 with updates
Admins: Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick


Atlantis is found in a deep cleft on the right just past the big tunnel you go through when driving from Superior in the direction of Globe. The rock tends to be less pocketed and more small edges than a lot of areas at Queen Creek. This is one of the few areas that you can climb at near Phoenix in the summer time, if you show up early and switch sides of the canyon with the shade.
Must Register! Private Property-The Pond, Atlantis and Mine Area Details

Getting There

Atlantis is reached by parking in a small lot just past the tunnel on the right. It is possible to rap in, but easier to scramble down on the right (BE CAREFUL!!!) on loose ledges to reach the bottom of the canyon and then go left (skiers left) to go into the canyon to the routes.

  • *The preferred hiking descent starts at the access sign on the west end of the parking lot. Follow the reasonably well defined trail down and right passing the occasional cairn, eventually curving back left. The deposits you into the wash a little west of the climbing. Turn left and head 100m to the bulk of the routes.

The old straight down descent is still quite loose scree and has been for years. Perhaps routing more traffic to the **preferred way will establish an improved way in and out...

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Classic Climbing Routes at Atlantis

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Hide and Seek
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
First Born
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Giggling Marlin
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
The Trident
Sport 3 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Grumpy after Eight
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Impending Doom
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Schizophrenic Boulevard
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Feast and Famine
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Slap & Tickle
Sport 3 pitches
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Armed and Dangerous
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Smokin Guns
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13
Public Hanging
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Hide and Seek Atlantis S Side 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
First Born Atlantis S Side 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Giggling Marlin Atlantis S Side 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
The Trident Atlantis S Side 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport 3 pitches
Neptune Atlantis N Side 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Grumpy after Eight Atlantis S Side 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
KGB Atlantis S Side 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Impending Doom Atlantis N Side 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Schizophrenic Boulevard Atlantis N Side 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Feast and Famine Atlantis N Side 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Slap & Tickle Atlantis S Side 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Sport 3 pitches
Armed and Dangerous Atlantis N Side 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Smokin Guns Atlantis N Side 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Public Hanging Atlantis N Side 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13 Sport
Phantom Atlantis N Side 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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Aaron Townsley
Scottsdale, Arizona
Aaron Townsley   Scottsdale, Arizona
FYI the Rap in is pretty sketchy to get to, especially with a full pack. 3 days ago
Tim Heid   AZ
Does anyone have feelings on sorting this area into a North side and a South side, similar to that of Winslow Wall? Additionally, I'd be happy to sort the routes in order if an Admin wants to allow me that ability or wants me to send them the list... Nov 20, 2017
There is now signage at The Pond and Atlantis indicating the need for climbers to register.
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My favorite climb around! The rock is great. Many people are saying its poor...maybe they need easier routes? Yes some bolts spin and are old, but new bolts are being added often. Many bolts are still solid. Use your judgement. Really few areas to TR but a crap ton of leading and trad routes. There are anchor bolts at the top of many lead routes. Apr 26, 2017
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:

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 – or the Queen Creek Coalition’s Facebook page -…

The Queen Creek Coalition Dec 13, 2016
Not sure why there are so many 3 star routes. The rock quality is poor and the eye bolts are SO old and rusted. Almost every bolt spun on me. This is not a place you want to be falling on lead. Save yourself and just go to the pond. Mar 31, 2016
Phoenix, AZ
K-Tanz   Phoenix, AZ
As of 8/24/14 a lot of the routes are underwater. You can work around almost all of the water with the exception of the easy routes on the extreme northwest side.

Oct 25, 2014
Toby Wehler
Indianapolis, IN
Toby Wehler   Indianapolis, IN
Forgot my 5.10s here on Saturday (4/5)...likely near the base of Neptune. My climbing buddy and I left at noon just as some different groups arrived. If someone from the MP universe happened to pick em up and are willing to return them, I would greatly appreciate it (anasazi vcs V2 size US11.5). Apr 10, 2014
I found a wedding ring down here. Anyone have any info? Nov 30, 2012
Peter Franzen
Phoenix, AZ
Peter Franzen   Phoenix, AZ  
Lots of rotten rock here, even on the more established routes.

Great place to get out of the sun though! Oct 17, 2011
Ben Beard
Superior, AZ
Ben Beard   Superior, AZ
as of Aug 17, 2010, there is another car at the bottom of Atlantis. White Lexus, no one inside (no blood, nothing). Just above the dam/waterfall. Aug 17, 2010

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