Elder Canyon is an interesting and pretty minor route that drops off of Mount Elden right near Flagstaff. It probably doesn’t warrant its own description but is a pretty fun route especially given its proximity to the city of Flagstaff. The approach is actually one of the funner parts of the entire route, as you scramble up thru the cracks and slopes of Elden on your way to the summit. The other approach is to use the Elden Lookout trail, which is a bit of a less intense route on an established trail. Once at the summit, the drop in is steep as the canyon begins to cut thru the old basalt of Elden. There is one minor drop before the main attraction, a nice ~70 footer off a log down a small chute and into an overhang with a great arch right next to you. Though short, the canyon does enter a nice little gorge for a hundred yards or so. In the winter, a great ice stack and fall is formed which makes this rappel quite high quality.
***THIS MAP IS A ROUGH ESTIMATE OF THE ROUTE AND IS INTENDED ONLY FOR REFERENCE***
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