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The Lower Solitude Wall features mostly well-bolted, dacite sport routes with a few cracks and some scattered bouldering. This lower cliff band faces Northwest and can be seen from HWY 180 at Shultz Pass Rd. It's a beautiful, secluded, shady and wind protected area with a twenty-five minute approach. Conditions are best from late spring to late fall. Fall days are best for attempting the harder routes, but summer mornings are still good. The single pitch routes are vertical and technical, from 35 to 70 feet long, and all are equipped with anchors. Most routes are 5.11 or 5.12 and have a reputation for being harder than they really are, as the cruxes are bouldery, and the moves often depend on minuscule foot jibs.
Park at the end of Paradise Road, the same parking for Gloria's Rocks. Hike past Gloria's to the Northwest. Just west of the Bill Boulder, you'll find a trail that skirts the steep, rocky edge of the mountain. Avoid trails that fork left to the Oldham Trail. Stay on the trail that skirts the edge of the mountain until it curves northeastward up into the first gully or canyon. The cliff will soon appear on the north-facing side of the canyon. 25 minutes.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Lower Solitude Canyon:
Nature Boy Rick Flare 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Blow 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 45'
Free Radical 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ E6 6c Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Radical by Nature 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ E6 6c Sport
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Free Radical 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ E6 6c AZ : Northern Arizona : ... : Lower Solitude Canyon
Free Radical shares the start of Pharside, then traverses left after the 2nd bolt and climbs an arc through the beautiful, colorful face, then finishes with an amazing crux at a thin black water streak. This is one of the best and most beautiful routes at Solitude. Lots of varied climbing on good rock and holds, with a four star crux guarding the chains. A good variation to Free Radical avoids the final crux by continuing the arc all the way back into the finishing arete of Pharside - Barracuda ...[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
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