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Betty and Ray's Adventure T 
Claret Cup Crack T 
Crack of Don T 
Daffy Duck Pinnacle T,S 
Dovercourt T 
Icarus Line aka The Thin White Line, The T 
Phaethon T 
Shady Character T 
Sunup S 
Twin Owls Center Route T 
Unknown T 
Unknown offwidth T 
Waitin' For Wane T 

Sun Towers Rock Climbing 

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The Sun Tower Formations are located on the north side of the canyon at the far (southwest) end of the main climbing area. The towers have a number of excellent moderate routes (mostly trad) established by Bob and Lisa Eakle. The two towers are separated by a deep notch. Routes on the Lower Tower are generally one pitch, while the upper tower boasts two three-pitch routes that lead to the top of the canyon. Most of the climbs on the Lower Tower are equipped with rap anchors, while the descent off the upper tower is an easy walk off with a little scrambling. All of the routes we climbed were high quality, thoughtful routes on great rock. Receives plenty of sunlight until the evening hours.

Getting There 

The Sun Tower Formations are on private land, so please respect the area around them. To reach the Towers, park in a pull out about a quarter mile east of mile marker 135 adjacent to a drive way. There is a trail just to the (right?) side of the driveway that leads up to the crags. (The sign next to the trail asks climbers to remain on the trail to the base of the crags.) Follow the trail behind the house and up to the Lower Tower where you'll be just below the bolts on Sunup. To reach the Upper Tower, follow the carined trail through a talus slope to the notch between the two towers. Approach time is 10-15 minutes to the Lower Tower and 20 minutes to the Upper Tower.

Climbing Season

Weather station 17.3 miles from here

13 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Sun Towers

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Sun Towers:
Dovercourt   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Daffy Duck Pinnacle   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 140'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: About mid-way up the route.  This is where the rou...

Dovercourt 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  CO : Grand Junction Area : ... : Sun Towers
Great route! Dovercourt is located at the very top of the Lower Tower and climbs to the highest point on the rock. Start opposite of a large dihedral at the base of the Upper Tower (the start of Betty and Ray's Adventure) at the base of a smooth, steep face. The climb generally follows the thin, discontinuous cracks up the center of the face. Start left of the dihedral and climb the face to a small flake/overhang (good cam placement in the horizontal crack). Continue up past the route's lon...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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Rock Climbing Photo: Garrett climbing on the lower Sun Tower.
Garrett climbing on the lower Sun Tower.
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking at the Sun Towers from the Top of Quarry W...
BETA PHOTO: Looking at the Sun Towers from the Top of Quarry W...
Rock Climbing Photo: Lower Suntower climbing.
Lower Suntower climbing.
Rock Climbing Photo: The path to the Sun Towers and the Beehive, please...
BETA PHOTO: The path to the Sun Towers and the Beehive, please...

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By portercassidy
From: UT/CO
Nov 3, 2012
Left my Metolius helmet, here mid-October, if you picked it up, get back to me.

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