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Tangen Towers

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
DC Boy T,S 
East Face/Upper Tangen Tower T 
Hop, Skip, & Jump T,S 
Hoppy Birthday T,S 
In Focus T 
Pictureman Crack/Lower Tangen Tower T 
South Face Right/Lower Tangen Tower T 
Standard Route/Lower Tangen Tower T 
Stay Focused T 
Tangen Tunnel route T 
Thumper S 
Unnamed Hueco 1 T 
Zacchaeus T,S 
Unsorted Routes:

Tangen Towers  


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Description 

These towers are located just South of the first piece of the Fourth Flatiron. There are two towers: the Lower Tangen Tower is the closest to the trail, the Upper tower is due West of the lower.

In the spring time, Tangen Spring trickles between the Lower Tower and the Fourth Flatiron.

L->R (sort of):

Upper Tangen Tower

A. Unnamed Hueco 1, 9, 1p, 40', gear.
B. Hop, Skip, & Jump, 11, 1p, 60', bolts & gear.
C. Hoppy Birthday, 10-, 1p, 60', bolts & gear.
D. DC Boy, 11+, 1p, 50', bolts & gear.
E. Zacchaeus, 10+, 1p, 50', bolts & gear.

F. East Face/Upper Tangen Tower, 4, 2p, 300', gear.

Lower Tangen Tower

A. Thumper, 12-, 1p, 30', bolts.
B. Pictureman Crack/Lower Tangen Tower, 7+, 1p, 100', gear.
C. Stay Focused, 9, 1p, 60', gear.
D. In Focus, 10-, 1p, 110', gear.

E. Standard Route/Lower Tangen Tower, 6?, 1p, 130', gear.
F. South Face Right/Lower Tangen Tower, 9, 1p, 160', gear.

? Tangen Tunnel route, ?, 2p, 200', gear.

Getting There 

Follow the Royal Arch trail past Sentinel pass and the Fourth Flatiron. The trail goes through some rocks and boulders as you cross the spring. The small tower after the spring is the Lower Tangen. To reach the upper Tangen tower, climb the Tangen Tunnel route (see description) or the Lower Tower or hike past the Lower Tower and hike West following its south side to the saddle between the two towers.

Climbing Season



Weather station 3.4 miles from here

13 Total Routes

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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Tangen Towers:
Tangen Tunnel route        Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
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"Pictureman Crack" on the Left, Warren (behind bush) has just bouldered the crux of the right crack "In Focus"

Pictureman Crack/Lower Tangen Tower 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  CO : Flatirons : ... : Tangen Towers
This short crack may well have been climbed previously but it has not been reported anywhere. The Tangen Towers are named after Ed Tangen (1873-1951), Boulder historian who took several thousand photos of the Boulder area. He was known as "The Pictureman".This crack lies on the southwest side of the Lower Tangen Tower, it lies between the regular route and the rap off. There are actually two cracks, this is the left and easier of the two (the other being "In Focus"). The hardest move is gett...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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