Isle of View at Cochise Stronghold
Trad Rock is the lower and foremost of the two most prominent rocks visible from the parking area. It hosts a good number of quality routes in a variety of grades from 5.6-5.11. In spite of its name, most of the routes on this crag are clip-ups. All in all, it's a great sport crag in an unbeatable setting.
Rock quality is generally good. Watch out for nesting wasps and bees up on the rock.
From Tucson, had east on I-10 to exit #303 (Tombstone/Bisbee). Turn right (south) on Arizona Highway 80 and drive for about 20 miles. Just before Tombstone, turn left onto Middlemarch Road. Follow this rough gravel road for almost ten miles to Forest Road 687. Make a left, towards the West Stronghold and follow this dirt road another two miles north. Make a final right turn on a dirt road that leads to a circular parking area. The crags are visible from the road.
A good trail leads across the drainage below the parking area, and uphill to the crags.
Weather station 6.1 miles from here
14 Total Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Trad Rock:
OK Corral 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Isle of You 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 170'
Stone Woman 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
Jizzneyland 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
Featured Route For Trad Rock
Hell in a Handbasket 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b AZ
: Cochise Stronghold
: ... : Trad Rock
Very fun route with a little of everything. I'm surprised this route doesn't get as much traffic as some of the other routes on this wall. Maybe because of the over-rating in the guide books(?). Scramble up to first bolt then continue up through balancy crux to second bolt. Follow sustained mild 10 climbing to no hands rest then up through bulge 10c finish. Route goes over three fairly distinct bulge sections, the hardest of which being the last. After the last bulge, a scramble takes you ...[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
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Feb 26, 2008
I climbed in three areas of AZ and this was by far my favorite. The others were great as well but there is something magical about the Stronghold! GO!
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Sep 21, 2009
Yes, watch the wasps. I got stung on the bottom of my foot- crawled between my sandal and foot, ouch! Good thing you can't use your feet to climb here, just the edges. Haha! "Slabby, smeary fun"
By Aaron Divine
Feb 11, 2011
Loose bolts/anchor Question:
I was last at Trad Rock in spring of 2005 - and am planning to return soon. At the time, I seem to recall at least a few bolts and some of the anchor bolts (not just the hangers - but the bolts themselves) being suspiciously loose on climbs along the left side of the crag (can't remember exactly which routes). Does anyone who climbs here more regularly know if any these have been replaced / repaired since then?
By Zach Harrison
Dec 31, 2013
I echo the above comment, this crag gets a lot of traffic. I just climbed all the routes on trad rock and found a number of loose bolts on routes all over the crag, even the newest routes. If you are inclined to do a community service, take a wrench with you and tighten things up.