The East Stronghold is accessed from Dragoon Road (exit 318 from I-10). It includes a number of excellent climbing areas, the most impressive of which is the Rockfellow Group. Note that much of this area is subject to seasonal closures. These closures have been detailed on the main page for Cochise. Please respect the closures.

A Google Earth .kmz file with an overhead of the East Stronghold can be downloaded at this address:…

Access to this area is a privilege. Be a good steward of Cochise Stronghold by keeping the Leave No Trace principles in mind when visiting here. Below is a partial list of these principles and how they might be applied in the Stronghold. For further information,

1) Travel and camp on durable surfaces. Stay on trails and avoid damaging surface vegetation. Use established campsites.

2) Dispose of waste properly. Pack out litter. Dispose of human waste in a cathole at least 6-8 inches deep and 200 feet away from water. Do not leave toilet paper out in the wilderness.

3) Leave what you find. Leave rocks, plants, archaeological artifacts and other objects as found.

4) Minimize use and impact of fire. If a campfire is constructed use existing fire rings. Do not cut down trees for firewood. Ensure campfires are completely extinguished before leaving.

5) Respect wildlife. If enough people approach or interfere with wildlife, it can be disruptive to animal populations.

6) Be considerate of other visitors. Many other people enjoy the area, including bird watchers, hikers, and horseback riders. They have as much right to be there as climbers.

Getting There

From Tucson take I-10 east to exit 318.

Take exit 318 and turn right. Head east 3.5 miles to Dragoon.

Cross the railroad tracks and continue on Dragoon Road 7.3 miles.

Turn right on Cochise Stronghold Road. Follow this road for 6 miles.

Turn right on to Ironwood Road.

Follow Ironwood road for 2.7 miles.

At this point you will be at the turnoff for Entrance dome, Batline Dome, Zappa Wall, Owl Rock, the Wasteland, Out of Towners, and Out of Downers. Numerous free primitive campsites are in this area.

Continue .9 miles to the East Side Campground (fee area) and the approach to the other East Side areas.

Note that Ironwood becomes a dirt road but is passable by passenger cars except for after severe rains when the washes can be flowing.

Camping and Accommodations:

There are about a dozen free primitive camping spots, a pay camping area, and at least three rental cabins/houses that can be used. All of them can be located on this page:…

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Classic Climbing Routes at East Stronghold

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5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Inner Passage
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b A0 R
What's My Line?
Trad, Aid 3 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
The Wasteland
Trad 6 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
Bee Line
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Forest Lawn
Trad 3 pitches
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Trad 5 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13
Days of Future Passed
Trad 4 pitches
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R
What's My Line Direct
Trad 2 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Welcome to the Machine
Trad, Sport 5 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Pair a Grins
Trad, Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Aribas Ameobas
Trad, Sport 4 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Trad 6 pitches
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Unknown (L of Endgame)
Sport 5 pitches
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a R
Sound of One Hand Thrashing
Trad 5 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Inner Passage Rockfellow Group > Rockfellow Dome
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
What's My Line? Cochise Dome (What's…
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b A0 R Trad, Aid 3 pitches
The Wasteland Wasteland
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 6 pitches
Bee Line Stronghold Dome
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R Trad 3 pitches
Nightstalker Owl Rock
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Forest Lawn Rockfellow Group > Bastion Towers
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad 3 pitches
Endgame Rockfellow Group > End Pinnacle
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad 5 pitches
Days of Future Passed Rockfellow Group > End Pinnacle
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13 Trad 4 pitches
What's My Line Direct Cochise Dome (What's…
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R Trad 2 pitches
Welcome to the Machine Rockfellow Group > End Pinnacle
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, Sport 5 pitches
Pair a Grins Rockfellow Group > Bastion Towers
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, Sport
Aribas Ameobas Out-of-Towners Dome
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad, Sport 4 pitches
Abracadaver Rockfellow Group > Rockfellow Dome
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad 6 pitches
Unknown (L of Endgame) Rockfellow Group > End Pinnacle
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Sport 5 pitches
Sound of One Hand Thrashing Rockfellow Group > Rockfellow Dome
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a R Trad 5 pitches
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We recently did 2 very good routes to the left of wasteland. These both go up the Direct SE face, 1st one to the left seemed to be 10a, with 4 pitches, and the next one further left seemed about 5.9, this one appeared to share the first 2 bolted pitches of the previous route. Both are outstanding routes with great lines. It sounds like one of these is called teenage wasteland??? Feb 24, 2012
Teenage Wasteland is the more difficult one. The Fire Sermon is the easier one. Feb 25, 2012
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