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West Elden  

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Location: 35.2542, -111.6235 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Greg Opland, James DeRoussel, JJ Schlick, Hendrixson, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Will Cobb on Apr 21, 2006
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The West Elden climbing area is made up of a 80' tall Dacite cliff which hosts a large number of traditional routes. This climbing expanse houses excellent crack, slab and face climbs of all grades. West Elden has morning shade and afternoon sun. The crag also sits at about 7000' making it a great summertime get away. It is climbable in the fall and spring, but don't' count on it as weather in Flagstaff is difficult to predict.

In his excellent and comprehensive book, A Cheap Way to Fly, Tim Toula breaks West Elden into Uptown, which is north of the fence, and Downtown, which is south of the fence. To aid in the use of his guide I have kept the same labels here.

Getting There 

Drive north out of Flagstaff on Highway 180 for about three miles. After passing the Museum of Northern Arizona (which is on the left) look for a right hand turn on to Shultz Pass Road. Take this turn and drive about 1/4 mile to a fork in the road. The left fork continues on Shultz Pass Road while the right is Mount Elden Lookout Road. Take the right fork and drive about three and a half miles to the parking area. Approximately two miles of this drive is on pavement and one and a half miles on a well maintained dirt road. The parking for West Elden is in two pullouts on the right hand side of the road. There is a small kiosk at the first pullout.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.9 miles from here

40 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',16],['2 Stars',18],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',1]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for West Elden:
Slab Problem   V4- 6B     Boulder, 13'   Uptown
The Impossible Problem   V4 6B     Boulder   Downtown
Five Easy Pieces   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Uptown
Baxter Crack   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 60'   Uptown
Zit Slab   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Uptown
Right Deception Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Uptown
Cracktus   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 60'   Downtown
TT's Terror   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Uptown
Left Deception   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Uptown
Verse in Ragtime   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Uptown
Flameout   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   Downtown
Megadeath   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Uptown
The Prow   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Uptown
Middle Deception Crack   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Uptown
La Diosa    5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Downtown
Watermelon   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Downtown
Twilight Zone   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Downtown
Bold is Love   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   Uptown
Stem Corner   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, Sport, 60'   Downtown
John's Jugs   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Trad, 65'   Uptown
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An excellent problem hidden in the woods a short 5 minute stroll from West Elden. Ralph Macchio is solitary problem on a small boulder, but it features rare sloping holds and great moves that culminate into a desperate top out. Start with a rounded left hand crimp, and a smaller right hand crimp located just above on the sloping rail. Traverse the slopers left to the prow of the rock, then execute the crux, which includes topping out with bad feet and distant holds....[more]   Browse More Classics in AZ

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By JJ Schlick
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Dec 13, 2014
Sorted the routes this morning. How did I do? There are still a lot of obscure routes not listed here on MP.
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