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Solitude Canyon Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 7,000'
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Solitude Canyon is a major drainage on the western flanks of Mt. Elden, and is quite conspicuous from a number of vantage points around the west side of town. Coined by Scott Baxter, or one of his crew, at least a couple lines were done here back in the day. These days however, Solitude Canyon is quickly becoming a sport climbing refuge nestled right in the backyard of Flagstaff.

The Solitude Wall boasts close to thirty routes which usually involve body english, crimp strength, and a mind for puzzles. Unique dihedrals line up with steep aretes to offer up burly routes which often times involve boulder problem cruxes. This area is a place to hide from the sun when hot, or to really get after it in early fall. But there are a lot of days throughout the year when this crag is climbable.
Rock Climbing Photo: Colin Cox, "The Godfather of Dacite" on ...
Colin Cox, "The Godfather of Dacite" on Blow, 5.11, Lower Solitude.

Higher Solitude is a burly crag to access, and climb at. The elevation here is about 8600', and after the approach, you'll know it. It is host to some excellent long sport routes, as well as the Sailing Wall which is a full service warm up wall with routes that start at 5.8. The pockets will amaze you, and the views coupled with the crag ambiance are worth the hike. There is certainly a wilderness feel to it, even though you can see bits of the west side of town. And believe it or not you want colder temps (between 45 and 65 degrees) to really enjoy the this place. It doesn't seem like it when you are hiking up to it, but this area faces almost due south.
Rock Climbing Photo: Dean sticking the crux throw on Holy Roller 5.12, ...
Dean sticking the crux throw on Holy Roller 5.12, Higher Solitude.

Getting There 

For Lower Solitude park at the same cul de sac at the end of Paradise that you would to access Glorias Boulders. Please be courteous to the residents and do not park in front of the chain link fence with gate. From the Safeway on the corner of Cedar Ave and Linda Vista head north on the latter for a block or two, and look for Paradise on the left. Follow large trails up to the boulders, and then go left (west), around them either just skirting them or at the base of them. By keeping your eye on the base and sticking with it you will enter the mouth of Solitude canyon. There are several sets of trails, but there is a distinct climbers trail which heads into the drainage as it appears. This is about fifteen minutes into the hike, and splits right from a well worn trail near a very dead gray sawed stump. Follow this trail the base of The Solitude Wall.

For Higher Solitude, check out the approach beta on that page.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.0 miles from here

67 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',38],['2 Stars',20],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Solitude Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Solitude Canyon:
Man On the Moon   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 4 pitches, 250'   Higher Solitude : Main Wall
Rusty Blade   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Higher Solitude : Main Wall
Thunder Moon   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Higher Solitude : Main Wall
Up Drafting   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   Higher Solitude : The Whisper Wall
Thunderbird Arête    5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Higher Solitude : Main Wall
Lucky Old Sun   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Higher Solitude : Main Wall
Nature Boy Rick Flare   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Solitude Wall
Blow   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Solitude Wall
Broad Axe   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Higher Solitude : Main Wall
Whiplash   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Higher Solitude : Main Wall
Slipstream   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Higher Solitude : Main Wall
Solitaire   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Higher Solitude : Main Wall
A Faint Horizon   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Higher Solitude : Main Wall
The Assassin    5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Higher Solitude : Main Wall
Holy Roller   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Higher Solitude : Main Wall
Modest Mouse   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Solitude Wall
Continental Drift   5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Higher Solitude : Main Wall
Radical by Nature   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport   Solitude Wall
The Black Solitaire   5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Higher Solitude : Main Wall
The Hermit   5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Higher Solitude : Main Wall
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Featured Route For Solitude Canyon
Rock Climbing Photo: JJ Schlick on an early send of Solitaire. 2009  Wa...

Solitaire 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  Arizona : Northern Arizona : ... : Main Wall
For the grade, Solitaire stands out as one of Flagstaff's more classic sport routes, and one of the most beautiful...Start by a small pine tree on the right side of the squaty, chossy pillar just up hill from Man on the Moon. Climb through a large weakness filled with jugs to the first bulge. Eye your footholds on the right, below the bulge, because they will disappear all too quickly as you start to move up. Clever stemming, a hand jam, and a little laybacking will see you...[more]   Browse More Classics in Arizona

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By JJ Schlick
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Feb 17, 2013
To whom it may concern,

Seriously people, quit running off with the fucking anchor biners. Aside from being a douche baggy thing to do, it shows a severe lack of respect to the community, and especially to those individuals who put in the effort to establish new lines. The reason I put those big lockers on the anchors is because they will last a hell of a long time, and every body gets to benefit from them.
By Geir
From: Tucson, AZ
Feb 17, 2013
Hey JJ,

Have you tried spray painting them? It makes them much less attractive to booty.
By john crawley
From: flagstaff, az
Feb 17, 2013
I hear you jk. Sorry its been happening up there. Noticed it happened up at Oaklands as well.
From: Chino Valley, AZ
Apr 15, 2014
I put up a few routes here in the early 80's with Dan Dingle. They were on the north facing side lower down. I can remember one with a bolt or two. Seems like we had some weird home made hangers too. Can't remember what we called it. I think we did a few more right near that one.

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