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East Stronghold Rock Climbing 

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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, visit

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:

Rock Climbing Photo: Thumbnail image of map
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Climbing Season

Weather station 5.7 miles from here

127 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',48],['2 Stars',58],['1 Star',12],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in East Stronghold

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for East Stronghold:
Inner Passage   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 500'   Rockfellow Group : Rockfellow Dome
What's My Line?   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b A0 R     Trad, Aid, 3 pitches, 400'   Cochise Dome (What's My Lin...
Rheen's Arete   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R     Trad, 2 pitches, 400'   Stronghold Dome
Strictly Commercial   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Zappa Dome
The Wasteland   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 6 pitches, 600'   The Wasteland
Excentrifugal Forz   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Zappa Dome
Bee Line   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R     Trad, 3 pitches, 280'   Stronghold Dome
Nightstalker   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Owl Rock
Forest Lawn   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   Rockfellow Group : Bastion Towers
Endgame   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Trad, 5 pitches, 600'   Rockfellow Group : End Pinnacle
Days of Future Passed   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   Rockfellow Group : End Pinnacle
Devoid   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b X     Trad, 3 pitches, 370'   Chey Desa Tsay : SE Face
What's My Line Direct   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R     Trad, 2 pitches, 280'   Cochise Dome (What's My Lin...
Pair a Grins   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 150'   Rockfellow Group : Bastion Towers
Welcome to the Machine   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 5 pitches, 400'   Rockfellow Group : End Pinnacle
Aribas Ameobas   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, Sport, 4 pitches, 400'   Out-of-Towners Dome
Abracadaver   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 6 pitches, 500'   Rockfellow Group : Rockfellow Dome
Unknown (L of Endgame)   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 5 pitches, 580'   Rockfellow Group : End Pinnacle
Sound of One Hand Thrashing   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a R     Trad, 5 pitches, 550'   Rockfellow Group : Rockfellow Dome
Jabberwocky   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b R     Trad, Sport, 4 pitches, 600'   Rockfellow Group : Rockfellow Dome
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Featured Route For East Stronghold
Rock Climbing Photo: Unknown party on P2 of Poetry in Motion on 12/10/1...

Poetry in Motion 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Arizona : Cochise Stronghold : ... : End Pinnacle
An excellent, courageous climb up the west face of End Pinnacle. It is noteworthy not only as a brilliant feat of routefinding, traditional climbing, and boldness but also as the first route up this face of End Pinnacle. To reach the start of the climb, scramble up the ramp to the left of the start of Welcome to the Machine. At the top of the ramp it is possible to build an anchor with .5"-2" gear. Pitch 1 (130', 5.6R). Climb up and left from the belay about 70' along featured but runout terra...[more]   Browse More Classics in Arizona

Photos of East Stronghold Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: The view east from the top of Owl Rock in Cochise ...
The view east from the top of Owl Rock in Cochise ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Owl rock below "mares tails."
Owl rock below "mares tails."
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunrise in the East Stronghold. March 2012
Sunrise in the East Stronghold. March 2012
Rock Climbing Photo: The road in to the East Stronghold. March 2012
The road in to the East Stronghold. March 2012
Rock Climbing Photo: top of cochise
top of cochise
Rock Climbing Photo: I think this is Hurt Butt Buttress, taken from Roc...
I think this is Hurt Butt Buttress, taken from Roc...
Rock Climbing Photo: On the way back to Cochise... Photo 12/25 by Tony ...
BETA PHOTO: On the way back to Cochise... Photo 12/25 by Tony ...

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By Markel
Feb 24, 2012
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???
By Geir
From: Tucson, AZ
Feb 25, 2012
Teenage Wasteland is the more difficult one. The Fire Sermon is the easier one.

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