Elevation: 7,703 ft
GPS: 35.254, -111.623 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Will Cobb on Apr 21, 2006
Admins: Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick
Access Issue: Details

Description

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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at West Elden

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 40
Five Easy Pieces
Trad
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 5
Baxter Crack
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 42
Zit Slab
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 14
Cracktus
Trad
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 59
Right Deception Crack
Trad
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 3
My Opinion
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
 13
Verse in Ragtime
Trad, Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 5
Doug Scott Route
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 16
The Prow
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13
 14
Middle Deception Crack
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 15
La Diosa
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13
 5
Watermelon
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 3
The Point
Trad, Sport
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c PG13
 8
Twilight Zone
Trad
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
 3
John's Jugs
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Five Easy Pieces Uptown
 40
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad
Baxter Crack Uptown
 5
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Zit Slab Uptown
 42
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Cracktus Downtown
 14
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Right Deception Crack Uptown
 59
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
My Opinion Downtown
 3
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Trad
Verse in Ragtime Uptown
 13
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13 Trad, Sport
Doug Scott Route Downtown
 5
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
The Prow Uptown
 16
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Middle Deception Crack Uptown
 14
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13 Trad
La Diosa Downtown
 15
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Watermelon Downtown
 5
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13 Trad
The Point Downtown
 3
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad, Sport
Twilight Zone Downtown
 8
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c PG13 Trad
John's Jugs Uptown
 3
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Trad
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