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The Pond Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 3,500'
Location: 33.3104, -111.06756 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Orphaned on Jan 20, 2006  with updates from Will Wright


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The Pond is one of the most popular destinations at Queen Creek, and for good reason. There are a multitude of good moderate routes here, mostly on good pocketed rock. The area faces south is generally in the sun and warm, so plan appropriately.

Getting There 

The Pond is found up on the hillside about a mile past the big tunnel you pass through coming out of Superior. Park in a big lot on the right, then hike beside the road, carefully cross highway 60 at the bridge and then scramble up through the rocks to reach the Pond.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.7 miles from here

71 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',27],['2 Stars',36],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Pond

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Pond:
Pocket Warmer   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
Easy Pool   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Chutes and Ladders    5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport   
Sappy Love Song   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport   
Nothing Shocking   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 55'   
Dead Pool   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Follow Your Heart   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Cowgirl   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   
The Casting Couch   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Pocket Puzzle   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport   
Arete Horizon   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 75'   
Pocket Pow-Wow   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Pocket Party   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
Pocket Pulling Pansies   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport   
Space Hog   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
In Seam   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
The Big Weld Show   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 90'   
Mona Lisa   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
The Soft Parade   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   
Desert Devil   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport   
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Featured Route For The Pond
Rock Climbing Photo: Big Weld Show 5.10d

The Big Weld Show 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  Arizona : Central Arizona : ... : The Pond

Photos of The Pond Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: SECTION DETAIL: Upper Pond: Time Share through The...
BETA PHOTO: SECTION DETAIL: Upper Pond: Time Share through The...
Rock Climbing Photo: SECTION DETAIL: Upper Pond: Pocket Pulling Pansies...
BETA PHOTO: SECTION DETAIL: Upper Pond: Pocket Pulling Pansies...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Pond's parking area, from above.
BETA PHOTO: The Pond's parking area, from above.
Rock Climbing Photo: Scott on an unknown 5.6, 12 of 40
Scott on an unknown 5.6, 12 of 40
Rock Climbing Photo: Heath climbing for the first time at Queen Creek, ...
Heath climbing for the first time at Queen Creek, ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Jeffrey Gibson on Arete Horizon
Jeffrey Gibson on Arete Horizon
Rock Climbing Photo: Here's the trail up to The Pond - no climbing up t...
Here's the trail up to The Pond - no climbing up t...
Rock Climbing Photo: Photo taken January 23, 2010, after a huge rainsto...
Photo taken January 23, 2010, after a huge rainsto...
Rock Climbing Photo: Approach up the rocks to reach the Pond Area
BETA PHOTO: Approach up the rocks to reach the Pond Area
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking west...unidentified route is on flat face ...
BETA PHOTO: Looking west...unidentified route is on flat face ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Can anyone identify this route at the Ponds (runs ...
BETA PHOTO: Can anyone identify this route at the Ponds (runs ...

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By J tot
From: Tempe, AZ
Jan 18, 2011
This would help a lot more if someone familiar with the area put up a beta topo of the wall... or numbered the route names left to right or something like that.
By Ben Beard
From: Superior, AZ
Dec 21, 2011
Josh, you could buy a Marty guide for a few bucks.
By Ben Beard
From: Superior, AZ
Feb 3, 2012
the description should really recommend climbers to go under the bridge to cross. Simply stay on the trail from the parking lot along the guard rail until you meet the bridge. There is an easy down slope to get under the bridge.
By Stefanie S.R.
Feb 19, 2012
To avoid confused climbers, when you cross the bridge (over or under) walk to the right of the pond, over or traverse. Then look for the blue hand line to up and it becomes obvious where to go after that.
By Austin Sobotka
From: Tucson, AZ
Jan 7, 2013
me and my partner were the last group to leave this past saturday, on our way out i found a single shoe under pocket puzzle. it's a right foot evolv defy. message me if its yours and i'll get it to you
By enkoopa
Feb 20, 2013
The approach here is pretty hairy. Of course there are likely dozens of ways. If you are visiting for the first time, you will likely be soloing a 5.2 scramble.
By Toby Wehler
From: Chicago, IL
Oct 26, 2013
Found a pair of shoes hiking out along the trail heading down to the dried up pond last night (10/25)....let me know what you're missing and I'll get them back to you
By luketipple
From: Bend, OR
Dec 1, 2015
Update to the instructions above.
The parking lot is exactly 0.6 miles from the tunnel exit on your right (heading East) and just before the bridge. If you cross the bridge you've gone too far but there is another parking lot at 1 mile from the tunnel exit if the first one is full. The 'Pond' approach (under the bridge, scramble up and keep the first pond on your left, continue up and right to the second pond) consists of several scrambles and there is currently a rebar ladder and webbing strap to help the vertical sections. Not too bad really and much easier than the direct approach from the carpark which involves scrambles up chimneys with loose rock.

There's currently a lot of loose rock on the upper paths. I saw one climbing party dislodge a mini fridge sized rock which tumbled 150ft+ down a direct approach chimney and narrowly missed a car. Heads up and helmets on.
By Heather Fischer
From: Tempe, Arizona
Dec 19, 2015
I've heard of a mysterious alternate approach for dogs to The Pond, but have yet to discover it. There is an alternative trail on the Marty's map, does anyone have any beta on this other approach?
By Greg Opland
Dec 27, 2015
Heather Fischer says:
I've heard of a mysterious alternate approach for dogs to The Pond, but have yet to discover it. There is an alternative trail on the Marty's map, does anyone have any beta on this other approach?

Looking at Marty's map, I see a trail leading out left along the base of the lower area, but no alternate trail marked. Could be my version is old or something.


a) I have two dogs. Love for them to go with us when we do stuff, but there are places where they just don't belong. This is one of them. There's nowhere for their poop (and I've seen dog poop up there - thanks irresponsible dog owners!), and there is potential for them to either knock a rock off down onto the road, or to plummet off the side themselves. Not to mention the increasingly growing hatred people are getting towards dogs at the crags.

b) Lastly, and probably more important. IF a rock goes tumbling off the Pond area, and causes an accident or death on the road below, I'm pretty sure you can kiss this area goodbye. It won't matter who did it (heck, it could be spontaneous), but we'll be OUT. We only climb here with the permission of the landowners (Resolution Copper) and they could revoke that permission at any time. It's nearly a guarantee that any sort of rock/vehicle interaction on the road below will result in the climbing at this area being revoked as there would be no reason for the owners to continue to take on that liability. So what I'm saying is this: Stick to the regular trail. Don't go exploring up the loose, crappy, gullies that you might be able to get up to get to the routes here. It's not worth it.

Just my input. Realize people will do whatever they want. We've lost enough areas for senseless reasons. Would be really nice if we don't contribute to that list.
By sam perrino
Mar 9, 2016
Hi, I think I left my bd stone gloves at the base of a rap from the top of the pond if anyone fin da then please let me know, thanks.
By ErikF
Dec 13, 2016
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
By Jessica Ricketts
Dec 22, 2016
Does anyone have any recommendations on camping near The Pond?
By Tim Heid
From: AZ
Dec 23, 2016
Oak Flat Campground is about 5 mins east of the Pond. Just keep going towards Globe on the US-60 and there will be a sign and a turnoff on the right.
By Kent Robinson
Jan 12, 2017
I found some climbing shoes up in the Pond area in Dec/2016. Hit me up with the type/size and I'll make sure and get them too you. Cheers.
By Zac Camerlin
Mar 8, 2017
LOST GEAR: One Black Diamond Posiwire quickdraw. Last seen to the left of Pocket Puzzle. If found please contact I know it's a long shot but it would be super rad if it came back home. Lost on 3/5/17. I work at AZ on the Rocks for contact also. Have Fun!!!
By Joanna M
From: Tempe
Mar 12, 2017
Bee swarm warming. Yesterday afternoon, March 11th, a large swarm of bees came up on us by the "Nothing" climbs at the west end of the Pond. The swarm came up really suddenly and hung out for a while. Bee careful out there!
By ErikF
Jul 23, 2017
There is now signage at The Pond and Atlantis indicating the need for climbers to register.

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