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The Enchanted Tower 

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Elevation: 8,000'
Location: 34.23079, -107.91683 View Map  Incorrect?
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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) Faceand 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.

Getting There 

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.

21 Total Routes

['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Enchanted Tower:
Grendel   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Sport, 80'   North (Left) Face
Golden Stairs   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   South/Southeast (Right) Fac...
Once Upon a Time   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   North (Left) Face
Hippogriff   5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a     Sport, 80'   South/Southeast (Right) Fac...
White Witch   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 85'   North (Left) Face
Flotsam & Jetsam   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 70'   South/Southeast (Right) Fac...
Technowitch   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   North (Left) Face
Rumplestiltskin   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   North (Left) Face
Glenda   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 80'   North (Left) Face
Tinkerbell's Nightmare   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b     Sport, 80'   North (Left) Face
Jabberwocky   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b     Sport, 95'   North (Left) Face
Full Rubber Mission   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b     Sport, 95'   North (Left) Face
Zee Wicked Witch   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   West (Center) Face
Medusa   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b     Sport, 70'   South/Southeast (Right) Fac...
Shipwrecked   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b     Sport, 80'   South/Southeast (Right) Fac...
Straight On Til Morning   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   North (Left) Face
Ripped Van Winkle   5.12d 7c 28 IX E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   West (Center) Face
Mad Hatter   5.12d 7c 28 IX E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   West (Center) Face
Goliath   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ E6 6c     Sport, 110'   South/Southeast (Right) Fac...
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Featured Route For The Enchanted Tower
DTP sending his last remaining route on the Tower: <a href='/v/ripped-van-winkle/105895544'>Ripped Van Winkle</a> Sept. 20, 2008.

Ripped Van Winkle 5.12d 7c 28 IX E6 6b  NM : Enchanted Tower : ... : West (Center) Face
This fine line spawned the now classic, and much more popular Goliath. This was the original line up the Towers prominent prow, turning left around the arete at the midway anchors, and continuing to the top along the golden NW face just left of the hanging arete (the upper half of ZWW).Now largely ignored, this route makes a great victory lap for those who have sent Goliath, but its also a great route in its own right, and would make an excellent stepping stone for those intent on ticking his m...[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

Photos of The Enchanted Tower Slideshow Add Photo
Climber on the west face of The Tower. This picture shows how steep some of the routes get near the top.
Climber on the west face of The Tower. This pictur...
Summer night view of the Tower
Summer night view of the Tower
The Tower in full enchantment illuminated by a nearly-full moon, October 2009.
The Tower in full enchantment illuminated by a nea...
Ring-tailed cat at the Enchanted Tower, NM.
Ring-tailed cat at the Enchanted Tower, NM.
The Tower <br />Goliath followes the arete along the sun shadow line.
The Tower
Goliath followes the arete along the sun...
Moon over the Tower.
Moon over the Tower.
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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.