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The west face of The Fortress sits high above and ...


West and South facing crag. 150' formation overlooking the Peralta Trail. A beautiful location with amazing views of the Supes, including Geronimo's cave.

Getting There 

Park at the Peralta trailhead. Begin the approach on the Dutchman Trail (104) until it splits at a Y with the Bluff Springs Trail. Go left onto Bluff Springs Trail. Stay on BST to the Cave Trail. The turnoff to the Cave trail is not marked, however, once on the trail, it is extremely well cairned. To locate the Cave Trail, after passing a saddle on BST, watch up and left for 3 balanced rock type formations (see photo below). Head toward these, pass by them on the left and you will now be on the Cave Trail. Continue on this good trail, it will bring you to The Fortress from the south side. Total approach time is approximately 1 hour.

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Fortress:
Mother of Invention   V7 7A+     Boulder, 1 pitch, 15'   
For a Few Pockets More   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c R     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Stardust   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 6a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
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Mother of Invention V7 7A+  AZ : Central Arizona : ... : The Fortress
Start on the obvious start hold underneath the large, impressive boulder on the south side of the fortress. Climb up to and past the amazing volcanic sloper (very atypical). Top out and walk off the side. Opening move is very difficult. Moving to and past the sloper is hard too. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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Jun 15, 2012

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