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Cochise Stronghold Campground and "Cochise Trail" Boulders

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The Egg- Nature Loop Area 
Classic face problem (Nature trail boulder) 
Dominatrix Without Mercy T,TR 
Hand Crack 
Hollow Flake (Nature Trail Boulder)  
Leaning Crack V4 - Bathroom/Main Area 
North face of Firepit Rock - Pay Station Area 
Rain Chaser 
Unknown (Bathroom Boulder 2) 
Unknown (Bathroom boulder) 
Unknown Slab (Bathroom Boulder 2) 
Unnamed SDS V3/4 
Unnamed V0+ Dihedral Crack 
Unnamed V2 - "Walk of Nature Trail" area  
West Face of Fire Pit 

Cochise Stronghold Campground and "Cochise Trail" Boulders  

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This area is not new. The bouldering has yet to be listed in mountainproject. This is just the beginning of the bouldering, which seems to see little traffic. The information within drtopo.com for this area and with Tyler McMillen's guide "Tucson Bouldering" are a great reference point for this area. They just touch the surface, as this vast area, known for its sport and trad routes eclipses the bouldering. That being said, the bouldering is extensive, just under-looked. The rock features beautiful contrasts between the granite and the green and black/grey lichen. A combination of abrasive to slick pad friendly and pad-eating rock is in abundance.

Also see Scott Ayers' and Tanya Bok's website cochiseclimbing.com/bouldering... . They managed to find an old topo/route listing from The Beanfest Outdoor Bouldering Competition, circa 1990, that has a a detailed map of boulder problems, far more than a "get started" guide. The routes are listed in the B Scale and by point value from the competition. The topo is a great reference for anybody looking to boulder and have an idea what was established, as the area in not frequented with bouldering traffic and potentially will lack chalk, to denote a possible ascent.

Getting There 

See information for driving from the main Cochise Stronghold page. To reach the campground boulders is easy:
The classic Bob Murray problem "The North Face of Firepit Rock(V8)and (V9/10), is just right of the park pay station on the left facing flake. The variations depend if you start with a cheat stone or start at the obvious left-hand undercling.
Just before the pay station are a few boulders, by the split "one way only" signs that support a few high-quality routes on a road-side boulder with high-ball down-climbs
The classic left-leaning crack(V4, since a key hold broke 70% up the route) and sit-start dihedral(V/3) are just past the bathrooms and right about 25 yards(there are also some slabs and other faces there)
-The streambed/trailside boulders seem virtually undeveloped, with only two-dozen or so listed routes in the guides. To get here, follow the "walk of nature trail loop", either right or left, until you run into the Cochise Trail. Follow the Cochise Trail, up and right until you reach boulders directly off the trail. These are the main close concentration of close boulders. There are about two-doven obviously developed problems, with room for an abundance of aesthetic seemingly undeveloped routes just up the hill at the bottom of the streambed. Please enjoy and bring a few crashpads.

Climbing Season

For the East Stronghold area.

Weather station 5.7 miles from here

15 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Cochise Stronghold Campground and "Cochise Trail" Boulders:
Classic face problem (Nature trail boulder)   V1 5     Boulder, 10'   
Unnamed V2 - "Walk of Nature Trail" area    V2 5+     Boulder, 12'   
Unknown (Bathroom boulder)   V3 6A     Boulder, 10'   
The Egg- Nature Loop Area   V3+ 6A+     Boulder, 9'   
Hollow Flake (Nature Trail Boulder)    V3-4 6A+     Boulder, 10'   
Leaning Crack V4 - Bathroom/Main Area   V4 6B     Boulder, 18'   
Rain Chaser   V4 6B     Boulder, 20'   
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North Face of Firepit Rock

North face of Firepit Rock - Pay Station Area V9-10 7C+ PG13  AZ : Cochise Stronghold : ... : Cochise Stronghold Campgrou...
A beautiful 20+ foot line up the obvious overhanging face of the large boulder next to the pay station. The route starts on a left hand undercling, right hand on any of the left-facing pinches. Lunge right hand to the top pinch crimp, set you feet and pop left hand to the obvious shark tooth edge, right hand to the gaston and then up to the chickenhead horn and then a simple toss to the seam over the lip...short easy slab to follow. V8 from a cheat stone(original version)also bearing in mind tha...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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By Alex Jacobs
Mar 4, 2013
Cochise trail boulders (Dominatrix, V0- hand crack) are found just off the Cochise Indian trail, about a 1/4 mile from the campground at 31.918778, -109.964574.
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