Elden Slab Route
Avg: 2.9 from 7 votes
|Type:||Trad, 2000 ft, Grade III|
|Page Views:||1,093 total · 28/month|
|Shared By:||J.McTavish on Dec 25, 2014|
|Admins:||Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick|
DescriptionThe closest thing Flagstaff has to a Flatiron. 2000 ft of scrambling up the super tacky undulating rock of Elden's south ridge. Due to its southern exposure, this ridge is the first thing to dry out when the sun comes out. A damn good way to work on endurance on days your hands need a break and a great prep for long alpine approaches.
Be prepared for burning calves on the ascent followed by a proper quad punishment on the way down. Once you puzzle out the jumble of boulders, cracks, and caves at the bottom, just keep going up, navigating the long vertical tubes of rock near the middle. Keeping to the center provides the easiest route as things get more steep and exposed on either side of the ridge.
Once you reach dirt at the top, keep heading up towards the boulders at the top of the ridge. If you have any energy left, explore and enjoy the interesting and isolated band of boulders. Work around the west side of the boulder band and navigate deer trails towards the summit, aiming for the west (left) most radio tower through a maze of brush, rock, and burnt trees.
Descend Elden lookout trail. Total elevation gain from Elden lookout trailhead is around 2500 ft and round trip should be about 4.5 miles. Great winter morning route, bring microspikes for the descent if there has been snow.