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Higher Solitude 0 / 29 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 29
Lunchbox Rock 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Solitude Wall 3 / 28 / 0 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 36
Elevation: 7,000 ft
GPS: 35.239, -111.621 Google Map · Climbing Map
Page Views: 34,590 total, 391/month
Shared By: JJ Schlick on Sep 2, 2010
Admins: Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick

Description

Solitude Canyon is a major drainage on the western flanks of Mt. Elden, and is quite conspicuous from a number of vantage points around the west side of town. Coined by Scott Baxter, or one of his crew, at least a couple lines were done here back in the day. These days however, Solitude Canyon is quickly becoming 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 involve 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.


Higher Solitude is a burly crag to access, and climb at. The elevation here is about 8600', and after the approach, you'll know 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 pockets will amaze you, and the views coupled with the 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.

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

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Man On the Moon
Sport 4 pitches
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Rusty Blade
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Thunderbird ArĂȘte
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Thunder Moon
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Lucky Old Sun
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Nature Boy Rick Flare
Trad, Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Whiplash
Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Broad Axe
Sport
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Solitaire
Sport
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
Holy Roller
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Modest Mouse
Sport
5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b
Continental Drift
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
Radical by Nature
Sport
5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c
The Black Solitaire
Sport
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
The Hermit
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Man On the Moon Higher Solitude > Main Wall 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport 4 pitches
Rusty Blade Higher Solitude > Main Wall 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Thunderbird ArĂȘte Higher Solitude > Main Wall 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Thunder Moon Higher Solitude > Main Wall 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Lucky Old Sun Higher Solitude > Main Wall 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
Nature Boy Rick Flare Solitude Wall 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, Sport
Whiplash Higher Solitude > Main Wall 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
Broad Axe Higher Solitude > Main Wall 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
Solitaire Higher Solitude > Main Wall 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Holy Roller Higher Solitude > Main Wall 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Sport
Modest Mouse Solitude Wall 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Continental Drift Higher Solitude > Main Wall 5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b Sport
Radical by Nature Solitude Wall 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
The Black Solitaire Higher Solitude > Main Wall 5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c Sport
The Hermit Higher Solitude > Main Wall 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Sport
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CJD
Chino Valley, AZ
CJD   Chino Valley, AZ
I put up a few routes here in the early 80's with Dan Dingle. They were on the north facing side lower down. I can remember one with a bolt or two. Seems like we had some weird home made hangers too. Can't remember what we called it. I think we did a few more right near that one. Apr 15, 2014
john crawley
flagstaff, az
john crawley   flagstaff, az
I hear you jk. Sorry its been happening up there. Noticed it happened up at Oaklands as well. Feb 17, 2013
Geir
Tucson, AZ
Geir   Tucson, AZ
Hey JJ,

Have you tried spray painting them? It makes them much less attractive to booty. Feb 17, 2013
JJ Schlick
Flagstaff, AZ
JJ Schlick   Flagstaff, AZ  
To whom it may concern,

Seriously people, quit running off with the fucking anchor biners. Aside from being a douche baggy thing to do, it shows a severe lack of respect to the community, and especially to those individuals who put in the effort to establish new lines. The reason I put those big lockers on the anchors is because they will last a hell of a long time, and every body gets to benefit from them. Feb 17, 2013

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