Elevation: 7,570 ft
GPS: 35.232, -111.602 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: JJ Schlick on Oct 27, 2018
Admins: Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick

Description

Middle Elden Canyon is a beautiful, archetypal mountain canyon which cuts it’s way down the center southern flanks of Mt. Elden and is easily spied from numerous points around Flagstaff. Development of routes here date back to at least the early 90’s, and more modern routes are spread throughout the Lower and Upper portions on the canyon. This somewhat rugged canyon is sectioned by a dry falls which takes a bit of scrambling to out maneuver and sometimes leaves unprepared hikers waiting for rescue. Running north to south, the east side of the canyon gets great morning shade and afternoon sun.

There are a myriad of social trails that lead up into the canyon and you will pass numerous established boulders along the way. It might take a few visits to really get a feel for land.

Getting There

The easiest access point is probably off of East Skyline Drive though other options exist.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Middle Elden Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 5
Gummy Bear
Sport
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 3
Lugano Way
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 5
Too Far from the Car
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 5
Thing Two
Sport 2 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 3
Sloth
Sport
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 3
The Godfather
Sport
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 7
Gingervitis
Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 3
Shakin' the Hive
Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 3
Day Walker
Sport
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 6
Killer Queen
Sport
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 4
Hive Mind
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Gummy Bear Upper Middle El… > Tower Station
 5
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Lugano Way Upper Middle El… > Tower Station
 3
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Too Far from the Car Upper Middle El… > Tiny Town
 5
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Thing Two Upper Middle El… > Tower Station
 5
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport 2 pitches
Sloth Upper Middle El… > Tiny Town
 3
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
The Godfather Upper Middle El… > Godfather Area
 3
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Gingervitis Upper Middle El… > Tiny Town
 7
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Shakin' the Hive Upper Middle El… > Hive
 3
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
Day Walker Upper Middle El… > Tiny Town
 3
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
Killer Queen Upper Middle El… > Hive
 6
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
Hive Mind Upper Middle El… > Hive
 4
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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