For next few days, REI will DOUBLE your gift to the Access Fund - up to $65,000. Donate Now!
Mountain Project Logo

Routes in Solar Slab - Lower Tier

Arete left of Beulah's Book T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Beulah's Book T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Certain Air T 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Corona T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Dubious Flirtations T 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Frieda's Flake T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Horndog T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Johnny Vegas T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Sandstone Overcast T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C1
Solar Flare T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Solar Slab Gully T 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
Order Wrong? Sort Routes
Access Issue: RAIN AND WET ROCK: The sandstone in Red Rocks is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Details

Description [Suggest Change]

For organizational purposes, the Solar Slab is divided into a lower and an upper tier. Obviously, a complete ascent to the very top would require linking a lower and upper route, or following one of the full-length routes described in the Upper Tier section. Most of routes in this section go from the ground to Terrace, a giant, multi-acre ledge about 500 feet up. There are two main ways to descend from the Terrace. Most common is to rappel the Solar Slab Gully. This can be done with a single rope. Alternatively, there are bolted rap anchors on Johnny Vegas; this route requires two ropes.

Getting There [Suggest Change]

Quickest approach is from the Oak Creek turnout towards the end of the 13-Mile loop road. Alternatively, park on the highway at the mouth of Oak Creek and head west. The trails merge and enter the canyon on easy terrain above the streambed. Follow the trail to some huge boulders with nearby pine trees. If in doubt, stay high and right on this approach. Just past the huge shady boulders, head up the hillside on steep trails. This will take you to a good area right at the base of the Solar Slab Gully. Count on 45 minutes to 1 hour approach time.

11 Total Climbs

Route Finder - Best Climbs for YOU!

Location: Solar Slab - Lower Tier Change
Type:  to 
Quality:
Pitches:
Sort by:   then:
 

Classic Climbing Routes at Solar Slab - Lower Tier

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 602
Johnny Vegas
Trad 4 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C1
 9
Sandstone Overcast
Trad, Aid 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 210
Beulah's Book
Trad 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 16
Frieda's Flake
Trad 3 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 8
Corona
Trad
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 51
Solar Flare
Trad 5 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Johnny Vegas
 602
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 4 pitches
Sandstone Overcast
 9
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C1 Trad, Aid 4 pitches
Beulah's Book
 210
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 3 pitches
Frieda's Flake
 16
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 3 pitches
Corona
 8
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Solar Flare
 51
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 5 pitches
More Classic Climbs in Solar Slab - Lower Tier »

Weather Averages

High
 
Low
 
Precip
 
Days w Precip
 
Prime Climbing Season
J F M A M J J A S O N D
J F M A M J J A S O N D

Photos

John Hegyes
Las Vegas, NV
John Hegyes   Las Vegas, NV
From the Oak Creek parking lot, the trail to Solar Slab Gully base is 1.3 miles long. Mar 9, 2004
"Stay high and right on this approach" works but is not the best option. The best trail cuts up hill when you've gone far enough west to be directly in front of Beulah's book (i.e 100-200 feet past Solar Slab Gully). May 28, 2018

More About Solar Slab - Lower Tier

Printer-Friendly
What's New
Guidebooks (13)

All Photos Within Solar Slab - Lower Tier (132)

Most Popular · Newest · Random