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The Watchtower Rock Climbing 

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The Watchtower is the most popular crag in Ferguson and is the first one you come to. Most routes are trad with a few good sport routes. The wall is steep with horizontal seams. Most routes have good anchors for a single-rope descent, and a few have a steep walk-off to the west. I've set up Extreme Unction as a top-rope by rapping down from the top of Watchtower Proper which sits above Watchtower, but it's a big hassle.

The wall is rather long and quite large. It has been broken up into four sections, The Main Wall, The Watchtower Proper, The Tiers, and The Cove in an attempt to help navigate.

Getting There 

This is the first crag you will come to after hiking 15-20 minutes up the canyon from the trailhead on Timberline Drive. The Watchtower wall comes right down into the stream so you may have to hop some rocks to keep your feet dry when the stream is high. The steep gully on the right (west) end that you come to first is the walk-off for some of the first routes. The routes are numbered west to east along the wall.

Climbing Season

Weather station 0.3 miles from here

45 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',21],['2 Stars',18],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Watchtower

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Watchtower:
The Confessional   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   Watchtower Main
Inner Light   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     TR, 1 pitch, 50'   Watchtower Main
Hellfire Variation   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   Watchtower Main
Imperial   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Watchtower Tiers
Extreme Unction   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   Watchtower Main
Total X   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Watchtower Main
Uncensored Society   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Watchtower Tiers
Conflict   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 90'   Watchtower Tiers
Repeat Offender   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Watchtower Cove
Bats in the Belfry    5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   Watchtower Proper
Fortress   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   Watchtower Main
Dehumanized   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Watchtower Tiers
Drunk Punk Oi   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Watchtower Tiers
Total Ramon   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Watchtower Tiers
Dark Rose   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Watchtower Main
Steel Reserve   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Watchtower Tiers
Lipstick on a Pig   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Watchtower Proper
Fishlips   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, 50'   Watchtower Main
Scratchin' for the Loomer   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Watchtower Tiers
Condor   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Watchtower Tiers
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Featured Route For The Watchtower
Rock Climbing Photo: Pulling the the second roof on Extreme Unction

Extreme Unction 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  UT : Wasatch Range : ... : Watchtower Main
Fun climbing on an upside-down staircase, then an easy face. The crux is at the big roof followed by another short easy face. Very varied. To find this route, follow the first main Watchtower wall around to the right into a corner and look for the upside-down staircase between two large chimmneys....[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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