Sign Up  |   Log In:Login with Facebook
REI Community
Crown King Area

Select Area...
Fool's Gold Wall 
King Dome 

Crown King Area Rock Climbing 

Photos:  Recent | Best | Popular
Elevation: 58,006,500'
Page Views: 8,603
Administrators: Greg Opland, James DeRoussel, JJ Schlick, Hendrixson, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: David Arthur Sampson on Feb 20, 2009
Sorry, weather is currently unavailable.
You & This Area
Best climbs for YOU in this area
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [0 people like this page.]
Know the location? Show us! We need it for cool new features!
The second pitch starts in the corner before movin...


The Crown King Area encompasses several separate rock outcroppings. The largest, and perhaps most widely known and popular, is King Dome. Others include the Fool's Gold Wall, Mile 26, and Roadside Wall.

These can all be considered remote climbing areas. Rock quality is typically good to excellent granite.

Most, but not all, of the routes are south (or south-east) facing.

The climbing season is generally late fall to early spring.

Getting There 

From the Valley and points South, exit 248 (road to Bumble Bee) off of I-17. Drive 24 to 28 miles on gravel road, depending on which area you are going to. From the North one would take Exit 259. These areas are all just outside the mountain town of Crown King, located in the Bradshaw Mountains.

One does not need a 4-WD vehicle to climb at any of these areas, but a 4-WD does make access to King Dome more pleasant.

Please refer to the separate areas for more specific information. Marty has a pocket guide for this area.

Climbing Season

For the Central Arizona area.

Weather station 2.5 miles from here

8 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Crown King Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Crown King Area:
Runaway Train   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 160'   King Dome
Browse More Rock Climbing Classics in Crown King Area

Featured Route For Crown King Area
Rock Climbing Photo: Runaway DA; photo by MG

Runaway Train 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  AZ : Central Arizona : ... : King Dome
The start was difficult, but the route is continuous. Holds appear after the first few bolts. Fun slab climbing. Nice route. Marty gives this route two stars.I only climbed (most of)the first pitch, so I suspect that I will have to update this with additional info later! We set up a top rope using the anchors above "From dimples to pimples"....[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

Comments on Crown King Area Add Comment
Show which comments
By erik hamilton
Apr 29, 2013
Headed to crown king this past weekend to check out king dome, the place is a complet disaster. The road to the summit is gone,washed out,And the rock is destroyed. The fire came right up the south face cooking everything. The rock is now brittle in spots and I would not trust the hardware. Discrection is advised. Glad I got to climb here back in the day.
By Neal M.
Jan 18, 2014
a buddy and I went in late august of 2013 and as of then it was exactly as erik described it. the rock is in pieces all over the ground, and the growth from the fire recovery makes it impossible to hike anywhere in the area. certainly a disappointment, this could have been sick climbing.
By Bob Pettit
From: cave creek
Feb 3, 2015
I have to agree this place was destroy by the fire. There might be a few lines on the west end of the crag that are climb able as it was protected some bye the dungeon, but there is not much left.

The Definitive
Climbing Resource

Inspiration & Motivation
to Fuel Your Run

Next Generation Mountain
Bike Trail Maps

Backcountry, Sidecountry
& Secret Stashes

Better Data. Better Tools.
Better Hikes!