Upper Middle Elden Canyon Rock Climbing
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Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick
History (Admin Only): JJ Schlick approved this area Oct 29, 2018 View all 8
JJ Schlick approved "Description" Oct 30, 2018
JJ Schlick approved "Description" Nov 1, 2018
JJ Schlick approved "Getting There" Nov 20, 2018
JJ Schlick approved "Description" Nov 22, 2018
JJ Schlick approved "Getting There" Nov 23, 2018
JJ Schlick approved "Description" Jan 29, 2019
Greg Opland approved "Getting There" Jan 30, 2019
Park either at the Skyline Dr or Lugano Wy (I prefer Lugano) trail easements and make your way via the many trails into the canyon. Follow social trails in and out of the main drainage past many established boulders eventually leading to two prominent small cliff features on either side of the drainage about 75 yards before the often dry black waterfall. This is known as The Chute. The right cliff feature has a handful of established trad and sport lines on it, such as Pazuzu.
From the The Chute area, follow a path leading uphill just before the right cliff feature around the backside of the cliff past an obvious built landing/step. After passing the step, the quickest way is to scramble up a small slab to the left alongside the back of the cliff but an overgrown trail to the right can also be followed that converges back with the main trail. Once over the small slab follow a decently obvious trail up the steep hillside eventually leading to the Second Tier cliffband. Follow the trail left along the cliff and around the corner then continue following the trail uphill paralleling the cliff. The first area you will run into is The Godfather Area.
For other areas, continue following the trail along the cliff eventually leading to an obvious large amphitheater (the Choss-a-theatre) and a view of the stunning Hozho Boulder (listed under NAZ Bouldering). To get to the upper areas such as The Lair, The Hive, and Tiny Town, continue following the trail along the cliff eventually leading to the boulder and the first of the upper crags, The Lair. With knowing the trail, reaching the top crags takes around 45min. Approach shoes or solid hiking footwear recommended.
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