BETA PHOTO: Short limestone sport routes. East facing Silver F...
Short, steep limestone sport routes. Afternoon shade, cool in the summer. From right to left the routes are 5.9, 5.11d, 5.10b, 5.12a, 5.10d and 5.12c. These routes have not been climbed on in a couple of years.
Take the Silver Fork Canyon Trail. The trail head is accessed either from the Church Road at the west end of Solitude's lower parking lot or from the Silver Fork community. Please note that the gate at the Solitude lot is locked after 7pm, so use the other trailhead if you plan to stay late or you will be locked in. The approach is about 1/2 hour at a moderate pace on a good road and trail. The approach and the canyon in general are scenic and a nice place to be in the summer. Where the road forks take the right branch on the single track. Following the road to the Alta Tunnel mine will get you to the climbs, but you have to figure out how to negotiate the gully between the mine and the other trail. There is an obvious spot where the single track trail is even with the Alta Tunnel mine and the end of the mine road, the trail takes a steeper pitch past here and crosses the main gully. About 200' past the gully there is a short limestone cliff to the immediate left of the trail, this is where you go either left to the west facing wall or right to the east facing wall. Work your way down right from the trail across the gully and up to the wall which is a couple hundred feet from the main trail on the west side of the gully.