Most folks just roar past The Pond on US60 heading east towards Globe. Upon exiting the Queen Creek Tunnel look for turn-outs on the right. The first one immediately after the tunnel is the parking area for Atlantis. Fine climbing there down and to the right. Drive another half mile and look for a turn-out with a free standing rock feature in the middle of the parking area. That is the one for The Pond. Park here and walk along the south side of the highway for a couple hundred yards and use the culvert to go under the highway. Look up to see a large waterfall. The cliffs above you and all around have dozens of bolted climbing routes and on most sunny days, particularly weekend days, are hanging with climbers. If there are cars at the turn-out just look up and you will see them as you drive past.
My climbing partner Randy and I met a young climber named Jacob up there. He was doing some soloing so we decided to hang together for the day. Randy led Pony Express, Pocket Warmer, and Adventure Quest. I led Pocket Puzzle and Arete Horizon. Jacob led Pocket Pulling Pansies. PE, PW, and AQ are good routes for the new leader. PP and AH both have difficult overhanging starts but then turn into fun jug hauls. I thought PPP was the most difficult route of the day. Mostly small sharp pockets and crimps. Sustained difficulty. I got that one clean on TR but thought it would be a challenging lead.
My gym just announced it's temporary closure so I suppose I will be doing a lot more hiking in the meantime to keep up fitness. Beautiful weather and no sign of any respiratory illnesses out there.