Yucca Flower Tower Rock Climbing
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On July 1, 2020, the New Mexico state governor issued an executive order (cv.nmhealth.org/wp-content/…) requiring all visitors from out of state to self-isolate or self-quarantine for a period of at least 14 days from the date of their entry into the State of New Mexico or for the duration of their presence in the State, whichever is shorter. The terms "self-isolate" or "self-quarantine" refer the voluntary physical separation of a person or group of people in a residence or other place of lodging. Any person who is self-isolating or self-quarantining may only leave a residence or place of lodging to receive medical care and should not allow others into the residence or place of lodging except for those providing medical care, emergency response, or other individuals designated by the New Mexico Department of Health.
The executive order also closes all New Mexico State Parks to non-NM residents.
This Executive Order shall take effect on July 1, 2020 and shall remain in effect through the duration of the public health emergency declared in Executive Order 2020-004 and any extensions of that emergency declaration or until it is rescinded.
Additionally, NM state guidance requires all persons to wear a mask anytime they are out in public, including outdoor recreation areas.
Before the trail turns northeast, leave the trail onto a climber / hiker trail towards Echo Canyon (west) which splits into many trails in an area with views into the Rio Grande Vally. Whether or not you find the cemented rock bench, you are roughly 100 feet or more skier’s left (south) of the rap station for Aces and Eights. Staying on obvious climber trail(s), head up canyon (north) while trending down towards the cliff band.
As you near within 20 or 30 feet of the cliff band on an easy trail, the trail will drop into a small forested bowl. The trail will then turn left directly towards the cliff for about 15 feet and angle back left a little more behind a boulder with a rap station only visible when at the cliff edge. This is the rap station just for Aces and Eights.
For rapping to Yucca Flower Tower, skip the above left turn and continue up canyon another 20 feet or so to find a minor blocky ridge line with trees that juts out into Echo Canyon in a north westerly direction. Hike and scramble down this ridge line to the end where you can look down at the top of Yucca Flower Tower. The rap into Yucca Flower Tower during some questionable weather conditions. .
The rap station above Yucca Flower Tower faces the canyon at the end of the minor ridge line. A single rope rap with a 60m rope is close so consider knotting the ends. And do not rap into the gully that is skier’s left of Yucca Flower Tower. Instead, scramble skier’s right across an exposed “catwalk” to another large block which is the summit of Yucca Flower Tower. Two, two rope raps will then get you to the base of the formation. Make sure to head right instead of rappelling into the gully!
It is also possible to hike down Echo Canyon to the base of the formation although this is not recommended, reportedly due to 4th class in a gnarly gully.
Classic Climbing Routes at Yucca Flower Tower
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