For organizational purposes, the Solar Slab is divided into a lower and an upper tier. Obviously, a complete ascent to the very top would require linking a lower and upper route, or following one of the full-length routes described in the Upper Tier section. Most of routes in this section go from the ground to Terrace, a giant, multi-acre ledge about 500 feet up. There are two main ways to descend from the Terrace. Most common is to rappel the Solar Slab Gully. This can be done with a single rope. Alternatively, there are bolted rap anchors on Johnny Vegas; this route requires two ropes.
Quickest approach is from the Oak Creek turnout towards the end of the 13-Mile loop road. Alternatively, park on the highway at the mouth of Oak Creek and head west. The trails merge and enter the canyon on easy terrain above the streambed. Follow the trail to some huge boulders with nearby pine trees. If in doubt, stay high and right on this approach. Just past the huge shady boulders, head up the hillside on steep trails. This will take you to a good area right at the base of the Solar Slab Gully. Count on 45 minutes to 1 hour approach time.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Solar Slab - Lower Tier:
Johnny Vegas 5.7 Trad, 4 pitches, Grade II
Sandstone Overcast 5.8 C1 Trad, Aid, 4 pitches, 550 feet, Grade II
Frieda's Flake 5.9 Trad, 3 pitches, 350 feet
Beulah's Book 5.9 Trad, 3 pitches, 550 feet, Grade II
Solar Flare 5.10- Trad, 5 pitches, 500 feet, Grade II
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Dubious Flirtations 5.10b/c NV : Red Rock : ... : Solar Slab - Lower Tier
Dubious Flirtations has a nice variation of climbing, some spice, and a touch of adventure. It is located the left side of the Solar Wall, in a small alcove just to the left of the Sunburn Buttress. In the alcove, there is a small varnished face split by a razor thin crack rising from the right side of a very clean, rectangular ceiling. The route starts in the corner leading up to this crack.Move up to a short but wide left-facing corner on face holds and blocks. Continue up the wide corner ...[more] Browse More Classics in NV