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Echo Canyon

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Techweeny Buttress 
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Echo Canyon Rock Climbing 


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Description 

Home of the beautiful Yucca Flower Tower, Echo Canyon has one of the shortest approaches in the Sandia Mountains. The summit of the Yucca Flower Tower Tower is just off the La Luz Trail. Rapping down this formation access several high quality lines. If looking for a few "alpinish" sport routes, Techweeny Buttress is where you will find some.

Getting There 

Find the Sandia Crest Spur trail at the south end of the Sandia Crest parking area. Follow it down and past its junction with the La Luz trail (.5 miles). At this junction, your direction will depend on the formation that you plan on climbing. For Techweeny Buttress or Bush Shark Spire, you will drop down into echo canyon by heading southeast, or right at the junction. If heading for Yucca Flower Tower, continue south on the La Luz. See Yucca Flower Tower for continuation of directions to the routes on this formation.

Climbing Season



Weather station 1.0 miles from here

30 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',18],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',3],['5.8',3],['5.9',4],['5.10',8],['5.11',4],['5.12',6],['5.13',2],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Echo Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Echo Canyon:
Aces and Eights   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 180'   Yucca Flower Tower
Crackula   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 180'   Techweeny Buttress
Hummingbird   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13     Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches, 400'   The Ramp Area
Garden Party   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 225'   Bush Shark Area
Bush Shark Spire   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 200'   Bush Shark Area
Westron Wynde   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches, 400'   Bush Shark Area
Yucca Flower Tower   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches   Yucca Flower Tower
Ghost Rider   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, Sport, Alpine, 3 pitches, 400'   Bush Shark Area
Rawhide   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 300'   Yucca Flower Tower
Feeding Frenzy   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 100'   Bush Shark Area
Great Escape   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 100'   Yucca Flower Tower
Big - T   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches, 350'   Bush Shark Area
Western Justice (Frontier Justice)   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, TR, Alpine, 1 pitch, 170'   Yucca Flower Tower
Where Eagles Dare   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 160'   Yucca Flower Tower
Squash Blossom   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13     Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 300'   Yucca Flower Tower
Hammerhead   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, Sport, Alpine, 2 pitches, 220'   Bush Shark Area
Raven Steals the Sun   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 800'   La Vista
Blood In The Water   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, Alpine, 2 pitches, 300'   Bush Shark Area
Daisy   5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c PG13     Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches, 400'   La Vista
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Featured Route For Echo Canyon
Rock Climbing Photo: Mike finishing the second pitch of Rawhide while a...

Rawhide 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  NM : Sandia Mountains : ... : Yucca Flower Tower
Pitch 1, 10c 140 feetStart up easy face climbing to reach the superb fracture ahead. Place pro and jam and lieback the strenuous finger crack (crux). Continue up past a small dihedral, to a thin section through discontinous fractures. Angle left to the shared anchors with Squash Blossom.Pitch 2, 5.9 150 feetHead slightly left off the belay and climb a nice finger and hand crack up through a slightly tricky section, to easy low angle climbing to the anchor, there is an occasional 5.7 move or so...[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

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A view a little up the east side Echo Canyon in Ja...
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Bush Shark-Yucca Flower area

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