Elevation: 8,263 ft
GPS: 35.267, -111.592 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Will Cobb on Apr 20, 2006 with 2 Suggestions
Admins: Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick

Description

On the eastern slopes of Mt. Elden lies a 500' tall Southeast facing cliff. This cliff is broken in the middle by a gully. Mechanical Persistence and the Original Route up the Elysian are to the left of this gully. The Unemployment Line is on the largest face right of the gully. This formation is composed of red stained Dacite. From the Original Route, you can see the remnants of sedimentary layers as they were pushed up along with the original lava dome. Red Schnebly Hill sandstone talus slopes and gray Redwall limestone rubble above that. 

Getting There

There are three standard approaches for the Elysian Buttress. I have listed them in personal preference order.

1. Drive north out of Flagstaff on Highway 89A to Elden Springs Road. Turn left here and travel past houses on your right, over a cattle guard to FS road 9180. Turn left on FS road 9180 (medium to high clearance vehicles recommended) and drive south for approximately ten minutes. Take the first right hand fork in this road and park at the dead end. (Drive time is approximately 30 minutes from downtown Flagstaff.) Follow the trail out of the parking area south until a clearing appears on your right. Turn off trail here picking the line of least resistance up to the cliff face. It is a good idea to stick to ridge lines as they entail far less bushwhacking than the gullies. Total hiking time is 30 to 45 minutes to the cliff base.

2. Drive north out of Flagstaff on Highway 89A to the Sandy Seep Trail head. This parking area is on the western side of 89A a little beyond the signal light at Wanona Road. Park here and hike up the Sandy Seep Trail until you reach a T junction. Turn right (north) and hike an additional 10 to 15 minutes until a clearing appears on your left. Turn off trail here picking the line of least resistance up to the cliff face. It is a good idea to stick to ridge lines as they entail far less bushwhacking than the gullies. Total hiking time is 1 to 1.5 hours to the cliff base.

3. Drive up the Mt. Elden Lookout Road and park where Upper Oldham Trail Crosses the road. Hike down Sunset Trail to it's junction with the Heart Trail. Turn right and head down the steep Heart Trail until even with the Elysian Buttress which will be on your left (north). Cut cross country to the cliff. Drive time plus hiking will be approximately 1.5 hours.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Elysian Buttress

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 36
Elysian Buttress Original Route
Trad 5 pitches
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 29
Mechanical Persistence
Sport 4 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Elysian Buttress Original R…
 36
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Trad 5 pitches
Mechanical Persistence
 29
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport 4 pitches
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