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, Nathan Fisher, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq
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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.

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.
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
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Step Right Up
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 7
Wasted and Wounded
Sport
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Step Right Up
 33
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Wasted and Wounded
 7
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Decades
 4
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Sport
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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
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