Elevation: 7,677 ft
GPS: 35.239, -111.621 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: JJ Schlick on Sep 2, 2010
Admins: Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick

Description

Solitude Canyon is a major rift on the western flanks of Mt. Elden and is quite conspicuous from a number of vantage points around the west side of town. This is the first canyon west of the Devil’s Chair formation and Gloria’s Boulders. With its west and south facing cliffs this canyon is climbable year round for the most part, and it is has become a sport climbing refuge nestled right in the backyard of Flagstaff.

The Solitude Wall boasts thirty+ routes which usually involve body english, crimp strength, and a mind for puzzles. Unique dihedrals line up with steep aretes to offer up burly routes which often times feature true boulder problem cruxes. This area is a place to hide from the sun when hot, or to really get after it in early fall. But there are a lot of days throughout the year when this crag is climbable.

Lunchbox Rock is a spire of dacite which juts out of the hillside about half way up the steep section of the Higher Solitude approach. There are three routes, and they are all worth doing at least once. Stopping to do The lunch Box .10- is a pleasant way to break up the approach if you are not used to the elevation.

Higher Solitude is a burly crag to access and climb at. The elevation here is about 8350', give or take, and after the approach, you'll know all about it. It is host to some excellent long sport routes, as well as, the Sailing Wall which is a full service warm up wall with routes that start at 5.8. The Whisper Wall is a secluded refuge with a handful of technical and demanding long routes.The  views and crag ambiance are worth the hike. There is certainly a wilderness feel to it, even though you can see bits of the west side of town. And believe it or not you want colder temps (between 45 and 65 degrees) to really enjoy the this place. It doesn't seem like it when you are hiking up to it, but this area faces almost due south. Cold and sunny, or warm and cloudy. 

Getting There

For The Solitude Wall park at the same cul de sac at the end of Paradise that you would to access Glorias Boulders. Please be courteous to the residents and do not park in front of the chain link fence with gate. From the Safeway on the corner of Cedar Ave and Linda Vista head north on the latter for a block or two, and look for Paradise on the left. Follow large trails up to the boulders, and then go left (west), around them either just skirting them or at the base of them. By keeping your eye on the base and sticking with it you will enter the mouth of Solitude canyon. There are several sets of trails, but there is a distinct climbers trail which heads into the drainage as it appears. This is about fifteen minutes into the hike, and splits right from a well worn trail near a very dead gray sawed stump. Follow this trail the base of The Solitude Wall.

For Higher Solitude, check out the approach beta on that page.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Solitude Canyon

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5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 21
Rusty Blade
Sport
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 84
Man on the Moon
Sport 4 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 26
Thunderbird ArĂȘte
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 11
Thunder Moon
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 14
Lucky Old Sun
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 25
Broad Axe
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 16
Blow
Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 23
Whiplash
Sport
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 45
Solitaire
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 3
Modest Mouse
Sport
5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b
 11
Continental Drift
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 6
Radical by Nature
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 15
Black Solitaire
Sport
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
 8
The Hermit
Sport
5.13+ 8b 30 X- 31 E7 7a
 3
Lost Solitude
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Rusty Blade Higher Solitude > Main Wall
 21
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Man on the Moon Higher Solitude > Main Wall
 84
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport 4 pitches
Thunderbird ArĂȘte Higher Solitude > Main Wall
 26
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Thunder Moon Higher Solitude > Main Wall
 11
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Lucky Old Sun Higher Solitude > Main Wall
 14
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Broad Axe Higher Solitude > Main Wall
 25
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Blow Solitude Wall
 16
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Whiplash Higher Solitude > Main Wall
 23
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
Solitaire Higher Solitude > Main Wall
 45
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Modest Mouse Solitude Wall
 3
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Continental Drift Higher Solitude > Main Wall
 11
5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b Sport
Radical by Nature Solitude Wall
 6
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
Black Solitaire Higher Solitude > Main Wall
 15
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
The Hermit Higher Solitude > Main Wall
 8
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Sport
Lost Solitude Higher Solitude > Main Wall
 3
5.13+ 8b 30 X- 31 E7 7a Sport
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