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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.
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.
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Western Justice (Frontier Justice) 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, TR, Alpine, 1 pitch, 170' Yucca Flower Tower
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Yucca Flower Tower 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b NM : Sandia Mountains : ... : Yucca Flower Tower
After rapping to the base of the Yucca Flower Tower, head to the top of the pillar at your right (not the gully!). The route begins just at the top of this pillar. Pitch 1 (80'): Head up the obvious crack though a small roof, continuing through a corner system. Below another roof, clip a piton, and move through some awkward roof moves. Just up and left of the crux, find the bolted belay (5.10b).Pitch 2+3: Head straight up a fine looking finger crack (5.9+), after which you can either stop at a conven...[more] Browse More Classics in NM
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