Elevation: 3,185 ft
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Shared By: NickMartel on Sep 19, 2011 with updates from Dani DellaGiustina and 1 other
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50'-60' volcanic dome 10-15 min hike north of Speedway Blvd .3 miles east of Gates Pass. The main face starts with easier low angle climbing transitioning into tougher vertical climbing with crux bulges. Three set of TR chain anchors installed so far with potential for at least one more in the next few weeks. The routes are on the east face so they have afternoon shade. The north-east face has the potential for several steeply overhung boulder problems and a hard traversing route. Routes started going up on 9/19/2011 so beware of loose rock.

Getting There

Take Speedway west from Tucson. Look for a wash (with a cairn 2' off the north side of Speedway) .3 miles before (east of) Gates Pass, and just past (west of) a "Share The Road" with bikes sign. Park in a 1 or 2 car dirt pullout on the south side of Speedway 50' west of the wash. The dome is clearly visible from this parking. Follow the wash until it passes between a mini canyon with approximately 10'-15' high rock walls (boulder problem potential). As soon as you pass the walls (marked by cairn) scramble out of the wash to the right and "bush whack" uphill through fairly open terrain and across one or two smaller drainages to the dome. Scramble to the top via either the south or north side of the dome. Watch out for both living and fallen/dead teddy bear cholla.

GPS coordinates are: 32°13'36.19"N, 111° 5'42.01"W

[Admin Note]
As of Feb 2015 the parking pullout described above is closed. The Gate's Pass parking lot is a suggested alternative. The approach time has roughly doubled.

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Tucson, Arizona
NickMartel   Tucson, Arizona
Cleaned a bunch more loose rock off. Its getting there... Jan 12, 2012
Hunter Gudenkauf
Tucson, Az
Hunter Gudenkauf   Tucson, Az
I honestly recommend staying away from this crag! The wear on the rope is not worth it. There is a whole lot of rope drag and the sharp rock made my new rope fray a bit. Every hold is falling off and the short length of the climbs make for a very uninspiring afternoon of climbing. Feb 21, 2012
Steven Groetken
Durango, CO
Steven Groetken   Durango, CO
Been calling this area the "After School Special" because it's so easy to throw down a few routes after school or work. Been here about 5 times in the past month just because it's so convenient. Bring a pair of double length slings to save your rope. Beware of the football sized flake on "Hollow Headed Blondes." It moves a bit. I'm going to keep checking it, and if it gets too sketchy It might be gone after my next visit. Nov 16, 2012
Tucson, Arizona
NickMartel   Tucson, Arizona
SO, the climbing here is far from spectacular. KB and I put this up the summer that Mt Lemmon was closed due to fire danger, so keep that in mind. Its a fun place to mess around, but yes every hold may fall off, and yes extending the anchors will help save your rope. I usually bring my "working" rope here which is already beat up. This is also a fun place to practice with your aid hooks in a low-risk environment. Feb 28, 2013
Took a new-climber friend here today b/c of the close proximity to town and new-climber friendly grades + top-rope.

The parking pullout described here has been closed (large wood posts+boulders put up), and the only other pullout has a "no parking" sign. We parked at Gate's Pass and hiked to the dome from there. There is a fairly well established trail to get there, if you can find it. It seemed to take ~50 min, we found the trail after some bushwhacking and meandering toward the dome. Possibly a 30 min approach if you know the way there.

I'll do my best to summarize the best way to get there, since we were able to find the trail heading back. From the Gate's Pass parking area take the trail on the North side just before the second parking lot, which begins parallel to a wash. Head towards the stone-building and follow the trail to the right of that structure, up towards a ridge with several boulders. Hike up over the ridge and down to the other side, where you should be able find a trail. Take this trail directly to the wash described in the "Getting There" section. WATCH OUT FOR TEDDY BEAR CHOLLA.

Climbs were short, but fun. A good place to go with a new climber. Rock is still pretty sharp, and we pulled down a little bit of loose rock. Remember your helmets for this one. Feb 15, 2015
Did all the routes except for the 5.9 this weekend. As stated the rock here is very sharp cut my middle finger pretty good. Didn't do the roof because one finger crimping on razor sharp rock didn't sound fun at all. Beautiful area though. Dec 15, 2015
Sam Thompson
Tucson, AZ
Sam Thompson   Tucson, AZ
Living near Gates pass, buddy and I had to check this out just for the hell of it. After having done all the routes on it, we likely won't be back again or recommend it to others. Bushwhacking from the Gates Pass parking lot is pretty straight forward if you just walk east somewhere in between the road and the cliffs to the north. Eventually you'll just come across the only dome out there. The three anchors are all very accessible from the top and easy to put up. I extended the anchor 60cm with slings, and that was sufficient. Short climbs. The rock is very suspect as others have said, lots of micro crimps that have a 50/50 chance of falling off when weighted. Only about 2-3 tough moves on every route. Despite the low grades and short climbs, I wouldn't recommend this for beginners. The holds and foot placements definitely aren't straight forward and can be tough to find, and when you do find them, you have to determine if they'll even hold. Go to satisfy your curiosity, get in a good hike, and enjoy the scenery (A++ scenery), but not for the climbing. Dec 30, 2015