Enchanted Tower at night in August. flickr.com/th...
What can you say about this? Many areas have striking formations that are just begging to be climbed. They don't beg any harder than this one! The inverted wedge of Enchanted Tower features lots of hard routes on usually overhanging rock. One the easiest and most obvious (and therefore most popular) routes on the Tower proper is Golden Stairs
at 5.11c (originally rated 5.12a).
This is likely the only route you'll encounter a line on. From there, the difficulty goes all the way into the 5.13's, including the amazing and picturesque Goliath
(5.13a). Bring the big guns!
The Tower is commonly broken up into three distinct faces. The typically shaded North (Left) Face
, the typically sunny West (Center) Face
and the South/Southeast (Right) Face
Climbing began at the Tower in the early 80s when students at the nearby New Mexico Tech college in Socorro were tipped off about a huge "mushroom rock" by a local forest service ranger. This great historical account
of the early days at the Tower by Philip Simon is a must-read.
If you can't find the Tower, you're in big trouble! Trails come up from the parking area below and also from the areas across to the left. Approach time about two minutes.
Weather station 5.7 miles from here
21 Total Routes
['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
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Zee Wicked Witch 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b NM
: Enchanted Tower
: ... : West (Center) Face
Go up the slabby ramp of deteriorating rock that is left of the large arete. Continue up to the halfway anchors (book calls the route 5.11c to the first set of anchors, it seems more difficult than that.) Get your no hands rest at the giant hueco just at the anchors, and continue up and right. Crux is passing through the area of darker brown rock....[more] Browse More Classics in NM
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By 1Eric Rhicard
Feb 28, 2006
The overhanging arete on the Enchanted Tower has to be one of the most striking lines in the southwest. A number of routes start on the lower section of the arete and branch off. Goliath 5.13 takes it 110 ft. to the top. If you haven't been there plan a trip now.