Ghost Dome hosts a couple of quality multi-pitch routes with clean rock and lots of sun. The routes on Ghost Dome can be great by themselves or as a link up after climbing The Whale Dome. The area is located behind the Whale Dome, across a drainage to the North East.
From the end of Forest Road 687, start up the standard approach toward Whale Dome, (e.g., up the northern wash, not Trail #279). Follow the wash for about 40 minutes until you are almost under The Whale Dome. Don’t cut left up the steep, vague drainage toward the base of Moby Dick. Rather, continue up the main drainage for another five or so minutes passing the East Face of The Whale Dome. There will be another vague drainage cutting left which wraps around the back side of The Whale Dome. A few downed old growth cypress trees guard this drainage. Once past the downed trees continue up a steep, loose and dirt filled drainage for another few minutes. Ghost Dome is the first significant wall on the right just before the drainage ends. Cut right, out of the drainage, and follow cairns traversing along the base of the cliff. Navigate through trees, past a short lie-back move in an alcove, and under some tree branches to gain the base of the main cliff. The approach trail to the base of the wall still needs some work. Time’ll Tell has a bunch scree at the base and the first three bolts, followed by a wide crack, can be seen from the ground. Scoopin’ Booty is located just beyond Time’ll Tell to climber’s right.
Rap (~80ft) off the backside of the formation via two Metolius rap bolts. These rap bolts are just below the summit and can be seen easily while standing on the summit. Then take an adventuresome walk/ scramble/ bushwhack/ downclimb through the gulley to the west.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Ghost Dome (AKA Infinity Dome):
Time'll Tell 5.9+ Trad, 4 pitches, 325 feet, Grade II
Scoopin' Booty 5.10- Trad, 3 pitches, 300 feet, Grade II
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Time'll Tell 5.9+ AZ : Cochise Stronghold : ... : Ghost Dome (AKA Infinity Do...
P1: 5.9, 80ft. Use a half inch crack to protect the first moves as you climb up and angle right on good holds to gain the first bolt. Climb past three bolts to gain a crack which widens from hands to off-width to stemming. One #4 Camalot can be walked to protect this section. There is also a micro cam placement out left on the aręte to protect the wideness above. Belay atop pillar at “a caballo” belay, either slinging the entire top of the pillar or using medium to large cams in a crac...[more] Browse More Classics in AZ