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In Seam S 
Is Nothing Sacred S 
Just Can't Get Any S 
Leave Your Money On the Dresser S 
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Nothing To It S 
Nothing's There S 
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Pocket Party S 
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Pocket Puzzle S 
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Pony Express S 
Princess Jordini and Her Magic Flute  S 
Return From the Great Mormon Experience S 
Rock Lobster S 
Rocky Horror Picture Show S 
Safe Pool S 
Sappy Love Song S 
Soft Parade, The S 
Space Hog S 
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The Pond  


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Elevation: 3,500'
Location: 33.3104, -111.06756 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

The Pond is one of the most popular destinations at Queen Creek, and for good reason. There are a multitude of good moderate routes here, mostly on good pocketed rock. The area faces south is generally in the sun and warm, so plan appropriately.

Getting There 

The Pond is found up on the hillside about a mile past the big tunnel you pass through coming out of Superior. Park in a big lot on the right, then hike beside the road, carefully cross highway 60 at the bridge and then scramble up through the rocks to reach the Pond.

Climbing Season



Weather station 0.7 miles from here

66 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',26],['2 Stars',30],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',5],['5.7',6],['5.8',9],['5.9',5],['5.10',21],['5.11',11],['5.12',8],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Pond:
Pocket Warmer   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
Chutes and Ladders    5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport   
Easy Pool   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Dead Pool   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Follow Your Heart   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Nothing Shocking   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 55'   
Sappy Love Song   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport   
The Casting Couch   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Pocket Puzzle   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport   
Arete Horizon   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 75'   
Pocket Pow-Wow   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Pocket Party   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
Close Call   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 75'   
Space Hog   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
In Seam   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
The Big Weld Show   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 90'   
The Soft Parade   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   
Mona Lisa   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Endomorph Man   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Desert Devil   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport   
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Featured Route For The Pond
Return From the Great Mormon Experience

Return From the Great Mormon Experience 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b  AZ : Central Arizona : ... : The Pond
One of the better routes at the Pond!Start by stemming over to the first bolt, then proceed up through a few increasingly difficult sections to the technical crux deadpoint. Get a good shake and blast up the route's second half, which is comprised of fun jugs on solid red rock.There is still a bit of loose rock on the arete at the bottom near the 3rd and 4th bolts that should probably be cleaned off, since it is right above the belayer.It is possible to set up a TR on this climb-- there's a bol...[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

Local Information for The Pond
Photos of The Pond Slideshow Add Photo
Can anyone identify this route at the Ponds (runs ...
BETA PHOTO: Can anyone identify this route at the Ponds (runs ...
SECTION DETAIL: Upper Pond: Pocket Pulling Pansies...
BETA PHOTO: SECTION DETAIL: Upper Pond: Pocket Pulling Pansies...
Looking west...unidentified route is on flat face ...
BETA PHOTO: Looking west...unidentified route is on flat face ...
Scott on an unknown 5.6, 12 of 40
Scott on an unknown 5.6, 12 of 40
Approach up the rocks to reach the Pond Area
BETA PHOTO: Approach up the rocks to reach the Pond Area
Cold day in January 2007.  Photo by Aaron Locander...
Cold day in January 2007. Photo by Aaron Locander...
Photo taken January 23, 2010, after a huge rainsto...
Photo taken January 23, 2010, after a huge rainsto...
Heath climbing for the first time at Queen Creek, ...
Heath climbing for the first time at Queen Creek, ...
Here's the trail up to The Pond - no climbing up t...
Here's the trail up to The Pond - no climbing up t...
The Pond's parking area, from above.
BETA PHOTO: The Pond's parking area, from above.
Jeffrey Gibson on Arete Horizon
Jeffrey Gibson on Arete Horizon
SECTION DETAIL: Upper Pond: Time Share through The...
BETA PHOTO: SECTION DETAIL: Upper Pond: Time Share through The...

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By J tot
From: Tempe, AZ
Jan 18, 2011
This would help a lot more if someone familiar with the area put up a beta topo of the wall... or numbered the route names left to right or something like that.
By Ben Beard
From: Superior, AZ
Dec 21, 2011
Josh, you could buy a Marty guide for a few bucks.
By Ben Beard
From: Superior, AZ
Feb 3, 2012
the description should really recommend climbers to go under the bridge to cross. Simply stay on the trail from the parking lot along the guard rail until you meet the bridge. There is an easy down slope to get under the bridge.
By Stefanie S.R.
Feb 19, 2012
To avoid confused climbers, when you cross the bridge (over or under) walk to the right of the pond, over or traverse. Then look for the blue hand line to up and it becomes obvious where to go after that.
By Austin Sobotka
Jan 7, 2013
me and my partner were the last group to leave this past saturday, on our way out i found a single shoe under pocket puzzle. it's a right foot evolv defy. message me if its yours and i'll get it to you
By GregC
Feb 20, 2013
The approach here is pretty hairy. Of course there are likely dozens of ways. If you are visiting for the first time, you will likely be soloing a 5.2 scramble.
By Toby Wehler
From: Chandler, AZ
Oct 26, 2013
Found a pair of shoes hiking out along the trail heading down to the dried up pond last night (10/25)....let me know what you're missing and I'll get them back to you