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Routes in The Watchtower

Barnacle S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Billy Goat's Gruff S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Decades S 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
Domestic Tension S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Fire Woman S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Let's Pretend S 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Mass Wasting S 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
Matilda S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Spawning S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Spinoza S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Step Right Up S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Sun King S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
To Kill a Chalkingbird S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Wasted and Wounded S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Zanzibar S 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Elevation: 5,994 ft
GPS: 40.446, -111.696 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: jtwalter on Jun 26, 2006
Admins: Andrew Gram, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq

Description

The climbing on The Watchtower is not the classic pocket pulling that you expect from American Fork Canyon. It's more technical in nature with edges, crimpers, sidepulls and a few jugs thrown in for good measure.

Fun area with good climbing and little traffic.

This is a great area for fall climbing in American Fork.

See an oblique, aerial view here.
Located in a National Forest Fee Area Details

Getting There

The Watchtower is located 3.4 miles up the canyon. Park and walk 150 yards directly up the hill to the north from the parking area.

Alternatively, instead of heading up the talus slope, there is a small trail just to the east of the large rock formation (known as The Hitcher) just off the road. Head up that trail and take the left hand trail when it splits. You'll have to climb up the last 20 yards of the talus slope.

The first route (Billy Goat's Gruff - .11a) starts at the top of the talus slope and the routes continue to the left.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Watchtower

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Billy Goat's Gruff
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Step Right Up
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Wasted and Wounded
Sport
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
Decades
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Billy Goat's Gruff 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Step Right Up 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Wasted and Wounded 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Decades 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Sport
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Laura T
Salt Lake City, UT
Laura T   Salt Lake City, UT
I'm not sure where the 3.4 miles is measuring from, but the parking area is .5 miles past the flagpole. The trail starts by the boulders just up the road from there. Jul 19, 2015
Jeremy Steck
Salt Lake City, UT
Jeremy Steck   Salt Lake City, UT
In spring (May), goes into the sun around noon. Back in the shade around 5PM. May 5, 2014

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