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.

35 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
 52
South Face
Boulder
V1 5
 39
That Flakes It Arete
Boulder
V2 5+
 42
The Pillar
Boulder
V3- 6A
 10
The Night Tran
Boulder
V4- 6B
 11
Valkyrie
Boulder
V4 6B
 51
That Flakes It
Boulder
V4 6B
 25
Jim Hall Traverse
Boulder
V4 6B
 11
Exit Stage Right
Boulder
V4 6B
 8
Deeper Cuts
Boulder
V6 7A
 10
30th Birthday Roof
Boulder
V6 7A
 4
Creeping in the Dark Traverse
Boulder
V7 7A+
 48
Battaglia's Bottom
Boulder
V7 7A+
 10
Cryptic Magician
Boulder
V7 7A+
 81
Valhalla
Boulder
V9- 7C PG13
 5
The Long Bright Dark
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
South Face Nook's Rock
 52
V0 4 Boulder
That Flakes It Arete Nook's Rock
 39
V1 5 Boulder
The Pillar Miscellaneous Problems
 42
V2 5+ Boulder
The Night Tran Miscellaneous Problems
 10
V3- 6A Boulder
Valkyrie Miscellaneous Problems
 11
V4- 6B Boulder
That Flakes It Nook's Rock
 51
V4 6B Boulder
Jim Hall Traverse Nook's Rock
 25
V4 6B Boulder
Exit Stage Right Miscellaneous Problems
 11
V4 6B Boulder
Deeper Cuts Miscellaneous Problems
 8
V4 6B Boulder
30th Birthday Roof Nook's Rock
 10
V6 7A Boulder
Creeping in the Dark Traverse Creep Boulder
 4
V6 7A Boulder
Battaglia's Bottom Nook's Rock
 48
V7 7A+ Boulder
Cryptic Magician Cryptic Boulder
 10
V7 7A+ Boulder
Valhalla Miscellaneous Problems
 81
V7 7A+ Boulder
The Long Bright Dark Nook's Rock
 5
V9- 7C PG13 Boulder
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