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Back to Nature S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Barracuda S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Blow S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Blow Me S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Climb It Change S 5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c
Crocodile Tears S 5.13b/c 8a+ 29 X- 30 E7 6c
Deferred Prosecution S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Derelicte S 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
Derelicte My Bolts S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Desparete Dancing S 5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b
Egypt Air S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Emotional Rescue S 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a V9+ 7C
Exfoliation S 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Flying Flesh S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Free Radical S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Global Shmarming S 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Hillbilly Elegy S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Immodest Monkey S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Little League Drop-Out S 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a V4- 6B
Modest Mouse S 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Nature Boy Rick Flare T,S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Old Man Lightning S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Original Route, The S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Pharcide S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Radical by Nature S 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Raven's Perch T 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Snake Run T 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13
Throwable Pipe Memorial S 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Twist Off S 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
White Powdery Substance S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
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Access Issue: Portions of Mt. Elden are closed for Forest Thinning Details


The Solitude Wall features mostly well-bolted, dacite sport routes with a few cracks and some scattered bouldering. This lower cliff band faces Northwest and can be seen from HWY 180 at Shultz Pass Rd. It's a beautiful, secluded, shady and wind protected area with a twenty-five minute approach. Conditions are best from late spring to late fall. Fall days are best for attempting the harder routes, but summer mornings are still good. The single pitch routes are vertical and technical, from 35 to 70 feet long, and all are equipped with anchors. Most routes are 5.11 or 5.12 and have a reputation for being harder than they really are, as the cruxes are bouldery, and the moves often depend on minuscule foot jibs.

The short, compact nature of routes like Modest Mouse(12c), Immodest Monkey(13a), and Derelicte(12b) may deter some climbers who favor the height and exposure of Higher Solitude, but what they lack in length is made up for in bomber rock that gets right to the point, much like the Energizer Wall at the Pit. These hard, short routes of Lower Solitude are comparable in length to the crux sections of Main Wall routes at Higher Solitude.

There are a couple good trad climbs also. Snake Run(12a), put up around 2000, is still unrepeated. Good boulder problems such as Slackline(v3+ slab), BTBP(v7), Brick Toss(stout v4), and Hot Coffee(v5) can be found along the base of the wall and scattered within the gully below and above.

Getting There

Park at the end of Paradise Road, the same parking for Gloria's Rocks. Hike past Gloria's to the Northwest. Just west of the Bill Boulder, you'll find a trail that skirts the steep, rocky edge of the mountain. Avoid trails that fork left to the Oldham Trail. Stay on the trail that skirts the edge of the mountain until it curves northeastward up into the first gully or canyon. The cliff will soon appear on the north-facing side of the canyon. 25 minutes.

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CJD   Chino Valley, AZ
I did some FA's here in the 80's with Dan Dingle. I'm not sure which of the new routes they might be but one of them had some home made stainless steel bolt hangars. Did anybody notice those? Jul 17, 2016
Absolutely. In 98' or 99'we found your line on the upper portion of the wall. It's the first climb I did at Solitude and I thought it was awesome! As I climbed past the second and third shallow peg with home made hangers, I wiggled them in their rotten holes. Scared me pretty good! I decided to replace the old "bolts" with bomber stuff. I always referred to it as the Original Route and logged it in here under that name. Almost ten years ago I added a lowering anchor and a couple bolts to the upper gnarbly crack. It's a sport climb now. I do hope that is okay with you? Great route that should get climbed more! Nice work! Aug 5, 2016

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