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From Dimples to Pimples S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Hand Crack T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Iron Maiden S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Perfect Victim S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Rack, The S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Runaway Train S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Unfinished Business S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
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Description

Wonderful granite. Mostly south facing walls. Single and multi-pitch climbs. The bolted routes that we got on were fun. Moreover, the hangers were reasonably well spaced. This promises to be a very cool crag when it gets hot in the Valley.

This area should be considered an adventure crag, both because of the 20 plus miles (over 26) of gravel road and the: 1) steep (arduous) approach or, 2) the 4wd road that brings you to near the top of the crag.

You can count on, roughly, two and a half hours from Phoenix to the parking for this area.

Getting There

Located just outside the town of Crown King. I suggest that you obtain a Marty Karabin guide sheet for the area.

If you do, then PLEASE note: If you are planning on driving to the top of the crag, then: 1) you will cross two bridges. The first bridge takes you "into" the town center. The grocery store/ post office/ fuel station will be on your left. Take an immediate right after the bridge. In a few hundred feet you will cross another bridge. Stay to the right to continue along the creek until you get to a house that has extensive rock work for landscaping. This is a clapboard (single story) house with a tin roof.

You will turn right onto a very small road just past the house - Lincoln Road - which is about 0.45 miles from the first bridge. This "road" looks like a drive way. Look for wooden road signs posted on a large ponderosa pine tree. If you pass the church YOU HAVE GONE TOO FAR!

When you get to a (the first) fork in the road stay left. The road will trend upwards and it gets quite rough. At what appears to be a second fork, stay right. King Dome can be seen on your right after about 0.75 miles.

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Only climbed here once and had a blast. Just note that the 4WD road takes you to a sweet camping spot basically on top of Kingdome, but be prepared for some of the standard desert pinstriping and rough travel. Perhaps the road has been improved but I remember being psyched we had an 85 land cruiser. Dec 12, 2007
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Bob Pettit   cave creek
I was at king dome 3/16/13 and several times in the past, many of the routes have changed since the fire. The climbs in the dungen and on the right side where hit the hardest. Mar 18, 2013

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