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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 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, 4 pitches
Sandstone Overcast 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C1 Trad, Aid, 4 pitches, 550'
Frieda's Flake 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, 3 pitches, 350'
Beulah's Book 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, 3 pitches, 550'
Solar Flare 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, 5 pitches, 500'
Featured Route For Solar Slab - Lower Tier
Horndog 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c NV : Red Rock : ... : Solar Slab - Lower Tier
Horndog is located on the lower reaches of the Solar Slab, about 100 yards to the right (east) of Solar Slab Gully. Approach as per the Gully route but break to the right from the trail at the last moment.Horndog is a three pitch route that will take you to the giant terrace about a quarter of the way up the Solar Slab cliff. From here you can access many other routes such as (l-r) Going Nuts, Solar Slab, Heliotrope, Sunflower and ...[more] Browse More Classics in NV
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