Elevation: 9,663 ft
GPS: 35.202, -106.447 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Anthony Stout on Sep 20, 2006 with 1 Suggestions
Admins: Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski
Access Issue: COVID-19 New Mexico State Requirements Details

Description

Home of the beautiful Yucca Flower Tower, Echo Canyon has one of the shortest approaches in the Sandia Mountains. The summit of the Yucca Flower Tower Tower is just off the La Luz Trail. Rapping down this formation access several high quality lines. If looking for a few "alpinish" sport routes, Techweeny Buttress is where you will find some.

Getting There

Find the Sandia Crest Spur trail at the south end of the Sandia Crest parking area. Follow it down and past its junction with the La Luz trail (.5 miles). At this junction, your direction will depend on the formation that you plan on climbing. For Techweeny Buttress or Bush Shark Spire, you will drop down into echo canyon by heading southeast, or right at the junction. If heading for Yucca Flower Tower, continue south on the La Luz. See Yucca Flower Tower for continuation of directions to the routes on this formation.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Echo Canyon

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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 36
The Ramp
Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 66
Crackula
Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 60
Bush Shark Spire
Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 27
Westron Wynde
Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 46
Yucca Flower Tower
Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 51
Great Escape
Trad, Alpine
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13
 10
Feeding Frenzy
Trad, Alpine
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 23
Rawhide
Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 28
Big - T
Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 3
Chair in the Sky
Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 9
Western Justice (Frontier Justice)
Trad, TR, Alpine
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13
 3
Where Eagles Dare
Trad, Alpine
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 10
Hammerhead
Trad, Sport, Alpine 2 pitches
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13
 8
Squash Blossom
Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c PG13
 4
Daisy
Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Ramp Ramp Area
 36
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
Crackula Techweeny Buttress
 66
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
Bush Shark Spire Bush Shark Area
 60
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
Westron Wynde Bush Shark Area
 27
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
Yucca Flower Tower Yucca Flower Tower
 46
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
Great Escape Yucca Flower Tower
 51
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, Alpine
Feeding Frenzy Bush Shark Area
 10
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13 Trad, Alpine
Rawhide Yucca Flower Tower
 23
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
Big - T Bush Shark Area
 28
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
Chair in the Sky Yucca Flower Tower
 3
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
Western Justice (Frontier J… Yucca Flower Tower
 9
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, TR, Alpine
Where Eagles Dare Yucca Flower Tower
 3
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13 Trad, Alpine
Hammerhead Bush Shark Area
 10
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad, Sport, Alpine 2 pitches
Squash Blossom Yucca Flower Tower
 8
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13 Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
Daisy La Vista
 4
5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c PG13 Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
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