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Areas in The Dark Side

Cryptic Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Miscellaneous Problems 0 / 0 / 0 / 9 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
Nook's Rock 0 / 0 / 0 / 14 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 14

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.

26 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
 34
South Face
Boulder
V2 5+
 25
The Pillar
Boulder
V3- 6A
 5
The Night Tran
Boulder
V4 6B
 37
That Flakes It
Boulder
V4 6B
 18
Jim Hall Traverse
Boulder
V4 6B
 9
Exit Stage Right
Boulder
V4 6B
 4
Deeper Cuts
Boulder
V4 6B
 6
Valkyrie
Boulder
V5 6C
 3
Westside Traverse
Boulder
V6 7A
 3
30th Birthday Roof
Boulder
V6-7 7A+
 6
Cryptic Grips
Boulder
V7 7A+
 4
Cryptic Magician
Boulder
V7 7A+
 40
Valhalla
Boulder
V7-8 7B
 23
Battaglia's Bottom
Boulder
V8 7B
 3
Battaglias's Backside SDS
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
South Face Nook's Rock
 34
V0 4 Boulder
The Pillar Miscellaneous Problems
 25
V2 5+ Boulder
The Night Tran Miscellaneous Problems
 5
V3- 6A Boulder
That Flakes It Nook's Rock
 37
V4 6B Boulder
Jim Hall Traverse Nook's Rock
 18
V4 6B Boulder
Exit Stage Right Miscellaneous Problems
 9
V4 6B Boulder
Deeper Cuts Miscellaneous Problems
 4
V4 6B Boulder
Valkyrie Miscellaneous Problems
 6
V4 6B Boulder
Westside Traverse Nook's Rock
 3
V5 6C Boulder
30th Birthday Roof Nook's Rock
 3
V6 7A Boulder
Cryptic Grips Cryptic Boulder
 6
V6-7 7A+ Boulder
Cryptic Magician Cryptic Boulder
 4
V7 7A+ Boulder
Valhalla Miscellaneous Problems
 40
V7 7A+ Boulder
Battaglia's Bottom Nook's Rock
 23
V7-8 7B Boulder
Battaglias's Backside SDS Nook's Rock
 3
V8 7B Boulder
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