The Tombstone, true to its name, stands isolated. Most routes are on the face which looks west and so summer climbs in the morning can be cool if the wind picks up.
Approach as described for Pinnacle Valley. Stop at the first significant view down the valley. The back side of Tombstone should be visible almost directly below and appears as a vegetated ramp. Find a way down through the limestone band to a steep trail. Gravel covers many parts of this trail - for slipping on and/or setting loose on your partner(s) below. The gravel lets up as one approaches the top of Tombstone. Continue descending just to the skier's left (south) of Tombstone to access most routes.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Tombstone:
West Face Traverse 5.5 Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches
Southwest Corner Direct 5.8 PG13 Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 250 feet
West Face Left 5.8 Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 250 feet
West Face Direct 5.8 Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 250 feet
Featured Route For Tombstone
Southwest Corner Direct 5.8 PG13 NM : Sandia Mountains : ... : Tombstone
Pitch 1: Start up pitch 1 of the West Face Traverse. Belay on the Southwest end of the large ledge that typically begins the traverse for pitch 1 of the West Face Traverse. Pitch 2: Head up trending right from the belay toward a bush 20-30 ft above (runout) Once you reach the bush set some much needed protection and continue to trend right toward an obvious chimney that is the (well protected) crux of the climb. Once atop the chimney continue on easy ground to the summit and set the belay....[more] Browse More Classics in NM