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Bush Shark Area 13 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 14 / 14
La Vista 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 2
Ramp Area, The 4 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 4
Techweeny Buttress 2 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 3
Yucca Flower Tower 7 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7 / 7
Elevation: 9,663 ft
GPS: 35.202, -106.447 Google Map · Climbing Map
Page Views: 25,046 total, 183/month
Shared By: Anthony Stout on Sep 20, 2006
Admins: Aaron Hobson, Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski

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

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Crackula
Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Bush Shark Spire
Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Westron Wynde
Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Yucca Flower Tower
Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Great Escape
Trad, Alpine
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Rawhide
Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13
Feeding Frenzy
Trad, Alpine
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Big - T
Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Western Justice (Frontier Justice)
Trad, TR, Alpine
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13
Where Eagles Dare
Trad, Alpine
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Hammerhead
Trad, Sport, Alpine 2 pitches
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13
Squash Blossom
Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Raven Steals the Sun
Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Blood In The Water
Sport, Alpine 2 pitches
5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c PG13
Daisy
Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Crackula Techweeny Buttress 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
Bush Shark Spire Bush Shark Area 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
Westron Wynde Bush Shark Area 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
Yucca Flower Tower Yucca Flower Tower 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
Great Escape Yucca Flower Tower 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, Alpine
Rawhide Yucca Flower Tower 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
Feeding Frenzy Bush Shark Area 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13 Trad, Alpine
Big - T Bush Shark Area 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
Western Justice (Frontier J… Yucca Flower Tower 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, TR, Alpine
Where Eagles Dare Yucca Flower Tower 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13 Trad, Alpine
Hammerhead Bush Shark Area 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad, Sport, Alpine 2 pitches
Squash Blossom Yucca Flower Tower 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13 Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
Raven Steals the Sun La Vista 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad, Alpine 6 pitches
Blood In The Water Bush Shark Area 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport, Alpine 2 pitches
Daisy La Vista 5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c PG13 Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
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Kerr Adams
Albuquerque, NM
Kerr Adams   Albuquerque, NM
Approach information for the top of the Bush Shark Area:

From the trail junction continue on the La Luz trail towards the tram. After a few minutes you will see and aspen tree on the right with a heart carved into it (see photo.) Just after this tree you will see a climbers trail on the right. Take this trail down to the top of the cliff.
GPS Coordinates:

Cabron Anchors:
35.20211, -106.44608
Ghost Rider Anchors: 35.2022, -106.4462 (Walk down the wide gully to the right of the carbon anchors until the cliff edge. The bolted anchors will be on your left on a short vertical wall.) 70M rope required. All anchors have quick links except for the top anchors. Sep 5, 2017
Patrick Vernon
Estes Park, CO
Patrick Vernon   Estes Park, CO
Mike,

Date With Death is fairly obvious from the base of Bush Shark Spire. Look down canyon about a quarter mile to a shaded attractive shear panel of rock with a thin looking crack splitting it. The route has at least two repeats since Cody's ascent. My partner was able to set a toprope by soloing in from the left to above the climb and rapping down to the anchors above the climb. It sounded super sketchy. Another option would be to aid it and set a top rope. The most dangerous part is right off the ledge, but you could probably pull through iit on small gear at maybe c2? The route felt like .13a/b on top rope. Comitting 5.12b ish right off the deck with very small gear, to well protected .11+ to a poor rest to a hard bolted finish. I only ever had the pleasure of a few TR burns.

You can see it in the photo of Bush Shark Spire above, the shaded wall just right of center.

Patrick May 11, 2017
MikeZ
Albuquerque, NM
MikeZ   Albuquerque, NM
Is there any additional information on Date With Death? The route is not listed on Mountain Project but from what I can gather it should be in the Bush Shark Spire section. Further, can anyone help me with possible beta for setting up a toprope to work the route? May 11, 2017

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