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Pink Towers of the Sierra Madre

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Pink Towers of the Sierra Madre  


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Elevation: 10,049'
Location: 41.07654, -106.90341 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Mike Snyder, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Dennis Horning on Mar 25, 2014
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BETA PHOTO: Map 1: Getting from Encampment to the trail head.

Description 

The Pink Towers of Houston Park Wilderness are a collection of steep climbable fins, blocks and mounds in Sierra Madre Range just west of the continental divide and about 4 miles south of Green Mountain. There are about a dozen gear climbs here on the steep sound rock of Archean granite gneiss likely of fine grained meta rhyolite origin as there are some bedding planes having similar orientations. The 80- 100 feet cracks are often featured with face holds. There are no fixed summit anchors so the rappels are from webbing around horns etc. The climbable faces of the cliffs face east and their summits are just below and west of the continental divide ridge so sunrises and sunsets are latter rising and earlier setting than normal.

This place has a short climbing season that is best from Independence Day to Labor Day.

There is a perennial stream just north for satisfying your filtered water needs.

The routes were pioneered by Jeb Steward, Ben Boykin, Woody Barmore and Heidi Barmore eons ago.

Getting There 

Take highway State 70 for 7.2 miles west of Encampment/Riverside junction. Take a left south on the forever winding FS rd 550 for 6.25 miles to a right on jct FR Rd 406 for 2.4 miles going up some steep hills. Find to your left at this distance the trail head Parking lot.

One of the included photo maps for the region has the pertinent GPS waypoints.

Climbing Season



Weather station 11.8 miles from here


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Map 2:  Getting from the trail head to the Pink Towers.
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By Neil and Cassidy
6 days ago
Cool little spot, had the pleasure of climbing here with Woody a little while back and had a blast. Fun chickenheads and cracks, as well as a really beautiful location.