This formation also lies in Pinnacle Valley and is between Wildflower Wall and Hidden Wall. It is easily seen from the top of The Watchtower. From this vantage it is readily identified by the striking arete and crack system that make up the route "Razor's Edge." This formation is also the home to the route "Hammer Time" (see Schein Guide), and at least a couple other established routes.
It can be approached from the top of Watchtower by contouring North just below the limestone bands.... or better continue along the Crest Trail (past the trail that leads down to Watchtower) another quarter mile to a low saddle, then descend gully to top of formation. No distinct trail at this time.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Anvil:
Hammer Time 5.10b Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 190 feet, Grade II
Razor's Edge 5.10 Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches, 600 feet, Grade III
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Razor's Edge 5.10 NM : Sandia Mountains : ... : The Anvil
This 4 pitch route climbs the lower face of the Anvil to connect with the striking SW arete - crack before finding in a right facing dihedral. P1 and P3 and P4 are very nice. P3 is "Sandia at its worse" - blocky and loose. Can do P3 and 4 for a nice 5.9 outing.(See Topo)P1 (***) start at base of clean face in dihedral that forms the left side of a distinct petestal. Climb up and then move left to arete to a small ledge, step right back (5.10 crux) to arete and follow up to 2 bolt belay.P2 Short...[more] Browse More Classics in NM