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Elephant Dome is the huge granite dome on the north side of the wash as you approach the canyon. This dome contains a number of mixed routes including The Elephants Trunk (5.7), B-Cubed (5.10b), Elephantiasis (5.10c), and Crater Genetics (5.11b R). The rock quality covers the spectrum from rotten to excellent. Grass and cactus are local residents on many ledges on the dome. Scenic views of the saguaro cactus-covered desert wilderness below add to this backcountry climbing experience. Although some of the routes can be rapped to descend the dome, there is a descent scramble/rappel in the south-facing gully between Elephant Dome and Right Dome to its east (see B Cubed descent description).
Follow the “Getting There” description for Mendoza Canyon and the access instructions to arrive at the small reservoir. Walk across the dam and follow path marked by cairns. The trail will branch with the left branch going to Table Dome and the right branch goes to Elephant dome. The approach paths can be difficult to follow so keep on the lookout for the cairns. At the fork, take the right branch which will cross the canyon’s wash through a small and thick bamboo forest. Continue on trail scrambling up toward the dome. The trail reaches the dome between Elephantiasis and B Cubed.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Elephant Dome:
The Elephant's Trunk 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, 6 pitches, 1000'
B Cubed 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, 6 pitches, 750'
Elephantiasis 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13 Trad, 6 pitches, 750'
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B Cubed 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b AZ : Southern Arizona : ... : Elephant Dome
B Cubed (Broken Bit Blues) is an enjoyable backcountry climb which consists of six long pitches up the Elephant Dome. The rock quality is good at the 5.10 cruxes but rotten in many places along the way. As you climb, tread cautiously on the grass-covered ledges as the climbing shoes can skate. The first ascenders have added more bolts to the route since the "Backcountry Rockclimbing in Southern Arizona" by Bob Kerry was published making it a safer ascent. All belay stations have two bolts (mo...[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
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