A proud pinnacle of rock, one of two prominent points seen directly to the east of the Topp Hut. It is a relatively lesser known crag in the Organs, with only the briefest mention in Dennis Jackson's 2006 NM guidebook, and a vague description of a route on the NW ridge in Ingraham's guide. Climber's heading to the Lesser Spire can get the feeling of climbing the unknown. As viewed from Southern Comfort Wall there are some inviting big-cracks on the north-west face. The south face is steep and shaded and offers a few excellent climbs and more potential. A rewarding tiny summit makes for a great outing.
Approach from the Topp Hutt and hike directly to Southern Comfort Wall. Continue up the canyon wading through brush on a loosley defined trail which leads to a narrow canyon between ORP and Lesser Spire. Allow 1.5 hrs for the approach for the average hiker.
4 Total Routes
Featured Route For Lesser Spire
Normal Route 5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c NM : Organ Mountains : ... : Lesser Spire
This is likely the easiest way to summit the Lesser Spire. Ingraham calls it 4th class, but he does mention roped vs. unroped climbing, so his definition of 4th likely includes roped climbing. Approach by either east (via Rabbit Ears Canyon), or west (west described herein). From the Topp Hut, hike the road towards the mine, but turn right on an old mining road before the mine proper (this is the approach to Southern Comfort Wall). At the end of the road, follow the climbers trail to Souther...[more] Browse More Classics in NM
Latest Regional Forum Messages
From Arizona & New Mexico Go to Forum | What's New | Post New Topic