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Lower Solitude Canyon

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Back to Nature S 
Bathtub Boulder Problem 
Blow S 
Brick Toss 
Climb It Change S 
Crocodile Tears  S 
Deer Cave, The 
Deferred Prosecution S 
Derelicte S 
Desparete Dancing S 
Egypt Air S 
Emerald Forest 
Emotional Rescue S 
Exfoliation S 
Flying Flesh S 
Free Radical S 
Hot Coffee  
Immodest Monkey S 
Little League Drop-Out S 
Modest Mouse S 
Nature Boy Rick Flare T,S 
Original Route, The S 
Pharcide S 
Radical by Nature S 
Raven's Perch T 
Snake Run T 
Throwable Pipe Memorial S 
Twist Off S 
White Powdery Substance S 
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Lower Solitude Canyon  

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Elevation: 7,800'
Location: 35.23893, -111.62114 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Colin Cox on May 29, 2008
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The Lower Solitude Wall features mostly well-bolted, dacite sport routes with a few cracks and some scattered bouldering. This lower cliff band faces Northwest and can be seen from HWY 180 at Shultz Pass Rd. It's a beautiful, secluded, shady and wind protected area with a twenty-five minute approach. Conditions are best from late spring to late fall. Fall days are best for attempting the harder routes, but summer mornings are still good. The single pitch routes are vertical and technical, from 35 to 70 feet long, and all are equipped with anchors. Most routes are 5.11 or 5.12 and have a reputation for being harder than they really are, as the cruxes are bouldery, and the moves often depend on minuscule foot jibs.

The short, compact nature of routes like Modest Mouse(12c), Immodest Monkey(13a), and Derelicte(12b) may deter some climbers who favor the height and exposure of Higher Solitude, but what they lack in length is made up for in bomber rock that gets right to the point, much like the Energizer Wall at the Pit. These hard, short routes of Lower Solitude are comparable in length to the crux sections of Main Wall routes at Higher Solitude.

There are a couple good trad climbs also. Snake Run(12a), put up around 2000, is still unrepeated. Good boulder problems such as Slackline(v3+ slab), BTBP(v7), Brick Toss(stout v4), and Hot Coffee(v5) can be found along the base of the wall and scattered within the gully below and above.

Getting There 

Park at the end of Paradise Road, the same parking for Gloria's Rocks. Hike past Gloria's to the Northwest. Just west of the Bill Boulder, you'll find a trail that skirts the steep, rocky edge of the mountain. Avoid trails that fork left to the Oldham Trail. Stay on the trail that skirts the edge of the mountain until it curves northeastward up into the first gully or canyon. The cliff will soon appear on the north-facing side of the canyon. 25 minutes.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.0 miles from here

30 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',16],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Lower Solitude Canyon:
Nature Boy Rick Flare   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Blow   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
Modest Mouse   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   
Free Radical   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Radical by Nature   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport   
Climb It Change   5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
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Improved topo of Lower Solitude Wall.
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