Elevation: 10,122 ft
GPS: 35.202, -106.445 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

Though not really a tower, this formation has a high concentration of of some of the best routes in the Sandias!

Getting There

See approach information for Echo Canyon, which will lead you to the junction where you'll either continue down into the canyon, or stay on the La Luz trail (if you are climbing on Yucca Flower Tower). From the trail junction, continue 10 minutes or about 0.3 miles on the main trail, paralleling the canyon. Here, the La Luz exits the trees before it turns northeast.

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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Yucca Flower Tower

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 13
Aces and Eights
Trad, Alpine
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
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 23
Rawhide
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 PG13
 8
Squash Blossom
Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Aces and Eights
 13
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Alpine
Yucca Flower Tower
 46
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
Great Escape
 51
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, Alpine
Rawhide
 23
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
Western Justice (Frontier J…
 9
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, TR, Alpine
Where Eagles Dare
 3
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13 Trad, Alpine
Squash Blossom
 8
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13 Trad, Alpine 2 pitches
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