Current road conditions:

  • Middlemarch road: Passable by passenger car.
  • NFS 687 (Southwest Stronghold): Passable by Subaru.
  • NFS 688 (West Stronghold): Passable by Subaru.
  • Ironwood road and NFS 84 (East Stronghold): Passable by passenger car.
  • NFS 4810 – East Stronghold toward Batline Dome – passable by passenger car for about 500′, then passable by 4×4.

Weather conditions: Best in morning in the shade.

Bug conditions: mild.

Closures: NONE! The US Forest Service as elected not to renew its annual closure of the Rockfellow Group and Cochise Dome starting in 2019.

Stronghold climbers have a rare opportunity here – if we voluntarily steer clear of nesting sites and do not disturb nesting raptors (which is still illegal), we can demonstrate that future closures are not necessary.

Please:

1) Avoid climbing in the vicinity of known raptor nests March 1 to June 30.

2) If you disturb raptors accidentally, immediately descend and report the location of the nest.