Solitude Canyon Rock Climbing
Colin Cox staring down the crux of Solitaire, at H...
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.
Colin Cox, "The Godfather of Dacite" on Blow, 5.11, Lower 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.
Dean sticking the crux throw on Holy Roller 5.12, Higher Solitude.
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.
Weather station 5.0 miles from here
67 Total Climbing Routes
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Classic Climbing Routes in Solitude Canyon
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Broad Axe 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Arizona
: Northern Arizona
: ... : Main Wall
The broad axe has been around for thousands of years and was used for both felling trees, and hewing rough timber into useable lumber. It was an essential tool for any tradesman or pioneer back in the day.The first 40' of this pitch is vertical, semi sequential pulling between hard to see pockets, finger buckets, and jugs. After a natural ramp break, the second section climbs varnished edges and side pulls up a couple of beautiful black and bronze streaks. This lower angle, semi technical sectio...[more] Browse More Classics in Arizona
The View from the "Break" atop Middle So...
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.
From: Tucson, AZ
Feb 17, 2013
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.