Elevation: 6,235 ft
GPS: 40.003, -105.295 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: MAKB on Mar 16, 2012
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC

Description

The Dark Side is a large area of boulders on a North-facing slope on Flagstaff Mountain. This spot is located between the Cloud Shadow complex and Nook's Rock. There are a ton of boulders here with awesome climbs on them, and they range from about V0 to V10. The area is well-shaded by trees, which might factor in to the naming, and has a short approach, like almost all the boulders on Flagstaff. The rock can be a bit chossy in spots but is pretty good overall.

Getting There

The best way to approach these boulders is by parking at the Capstan and walking past the Cloud Shadow Wall, north and down into the boulders. Once you find one of the boulders, the others are not far away.

39 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Dark Side

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V0 4
 60
South Face
Boulder
V1 5
 51
That Flakes It Arete
Boulder
V1+ 5
 14
Deep Cuts
Boulder
V2 5+
 57
The Pillar
Boulder
V3- 6A
 12
The Night Tran
Boulder
V4 6B
 62
That Flakes It
Boulder
V4 6B
 36
Jim Hall Traverse
Boulder
V4 6B
 13
Deeper Cuts
Boulder
V4 6B
 7
Cryptic Right
Boulder
V4 6B
 15
Valkyrie
Boulder
V6 7A
 15
30th Birthday Roof
Boulder
V7 7A+
 63
Battaglia's Bottom
Boulder
V7 7A+
 16
Cryptic Magician
Boulder
V7 7A+
 117
Valhalla
Boulder
V10+ 7C+
 3
Butt Slammer
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
South Face Nook's Rock
 60
V0 4 Boulder
That Flakes It Arete That Flakes It Overhang
 51
V1 5 Boulder
Deep Cuts Incuts Overhang
 14
V1+ 5 Boulder
The Pillar Jim Hall Boulder
 57
V2 5+ Boulder
The Night Tran Incuts Overhang
 12
V3- 6A Boulder
That Flakes It That Flakes It Overhang
 62
V4 6B Boulder
Jim Hall Traverse Jim Hall Boulder
 36
V4 6B Boulder
Deeper Cuts Incuts Overhang
 13
V4 6B Boulder
Cryptic Right Cryptic Boulder
 7
V4 6B Boulder
Valkyrie Incuts Overhang
 15
V4 6B Boulder
30th Birthday Roof Nook's Rock
 15
V6 7A Boulder
Battaglia's Bottom Jim Hall Boulder
 63
V7 7A+ Boulder
Cryptic Magician Cryptic Boulder
 16
V7 7A+ Boulder
Valhalla Incuts Overhang
 117
V7 7A+ Boulder
Butt Slammer Nook's Rock
 3
V10+ 7C+ Boulder
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