Solaris is a forsaken battlement of wind-scoured rock and twisted pines, high above the south side of the canyon, north of Avalon. The crag consists of four buttresses or "towers" separated by steep gullies. The main walls face west and south and are sunny, even during the middle of winter.

Approach: Use the Tyrolean traverse for the south face of Bell Buttress or jump rocks across the stream, then go right and scramble up talus to where a trail leads up and left to the bottom of the crag. One may also follow a path north from the first ledge of Avalon and reach the bottom of the crag in about 100 yards. To reach the summit, follow the trail northward and pass through a gap, then head back south to the top. One may also reach the top by hiking up a gully 50 yards south of the summit tower. The gully immediately south of the summit tower is Class 4. From the summit, a good path leads south to Wizard Rock and onward to the Second Ledge of Avalon.

The west wall of Solaris is separated from the summit block by a steep gully. This cliff presents a number of interesting routes on excellent rock.

Don't Get Me Started 6 *
FA: R. Rossiter and Bonnie Von Grebe, 2001. Climb the west face of the first pinnacle in the ridge. 7 bolts to a 2-bolt anchor, 75 feet.

Start Me Up 7 *
FA: R. Rossiter and Von Grebe, 2001. Climb a rounded slab 40 feet right of the preceding route. 5 bolts to a 2-bolt anchor.

The following two routs ascend a prominent tower, 50 feet up and left from Venus Cavernosum.

The Luminosity 9 *
FA: R. Rossiter and Von Grebe, 2001. Climb into a RFD, pass the left end of a roof, and continue up the left edge of a tower. 10 bolts to a 2-bolt anchor, 90 feet.

Tower of Power 10c *
FA: R. Rossiter and Jessica True, 2001. Climb up and around the right side of a roof and continue up a steep wall. 8 bolts to a 2-bolt anchor, 90 feet. Hint: stay in line with the bolts once above the roof.

Venus Cavernosum 12 (incomplete)
About midway along the west side of Solaris is a cave that provides good rain shelter, should you be so afflicted. Climb directly out the apex of the Cave. 6 bolts, 50 feet.

Mission to Mars 10a *
FA: R. Rossiter and Von Grebe, 2002. Climb a finger and hand crack 10 feet right of the cave. Gear to 1-inch plus 4 bolts, 50 feet.

Summit Tower. This prominent buttress is readily viewed from the road, gleaming in the sun, high on the hillside. The first two routes begin from the left end of a ledge on the north face of the summit tower. Two other routes begin from the same ledge around on the west face.

Mephistophiles 10c * FA: Rossiter and Von Grebe, 2002. Climb a crack to its end, work past a bolt, and finish in a second crack. SR, 2-bolt anchor, 60 feet. Needs more cleaning.

Twilight Zone 10b * FA: Rossiter and Von Grebe, 2002. Begin from a platform at the left end of the ledge. 6 bolts to a 2-bolt anchor, 60 feet. Kundalini Express 8 *
FA: R. Rossiter and Jessica True, 2001. Begin from the same ledge as the preceding route, some 20 feet around on the west face. Climb a left-facing dihedral with a finger crack, then up a slab and a tricky crack to the top. Gear to 1.5 inches, 2-bolt anchor, 80 feet.

Contact 9 *
FA: R. Rossiter, Jessica True, and Holly Parsons, 2001. Two pitches. Begin at the bottom of the wall, 5.7, 4 bolts. Climb past 8 bolts to a 2-bolt anchor.

Stellar Drifter 9 *
FA: Dan Hare and Chris Wood, 1979. First pitch: R. and J. Rossiter, 1981. This route climbs a good crack system in the upper south face. From the talus, scramble up to the left below a large Douglas fir that is visible from the road. 2 pitches.

Cosmic Explorer 11 *
FA: Don DeBlieux and Paul Lembeck, 1992. Climb the wall 6 feet right of the second pitch of Stellar Drifter. 4 bolts to a 2-bolt anchor, 55 feet.

Chomo Lungma 7
Climb a crack in a west-facing wall across from the summit tower.

Lower Tier. Below Solaris is a broad, lower angled buttress with a steep section along its base. Start up the trail as for Solaris, then go left along the bottom of the wall.

Left Line 8
FA: R. Rossiter and Lauri Werling, 2002. Short, steep wall to a slab. 7 bolts to a 2-bolt anchor, 75 feet.

Right Line 9
FA: Rossiter and Werling, 2002 Climb up to a tree, then up a little pillar. 6 bolts to a 2-bolt anchor, 65 feet.

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