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Routes in Tower Rock

Africa T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Arachnid T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Caver's Route T 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
Curving Crack T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Dog Days T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Groundhog T 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
Mighty Eidson T 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Salad Days T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Squeezebox T,TR 5.1 2 6 II 7 MD 2a
Elevation: 909 ft
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Description

Tower Rock is a free standing pinnacle with a lot of old school routes of various grades. The earliest climbing in the RRG was probably done here.

Tower Rock is not closed, but the USFS asks that you limit your climbing here. One local jokes that that means you're only allowed to climb at your limit there.

Getting There

Drive on route 715 from its split from hwy 77. Pass the Gladie Creek Visitor Center and then keep your eyes open for the trailhead sign on the left side of the road. It is about half a mile past Pumpkin Bottom Campground.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Tower Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
Caver's Route
Trad 4 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Curving Crack
Trad
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Arachnid
Trad
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Dog Days
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Africa
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Caver's Route 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a Trad 4 pitches
Curving Crack 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Arachnid 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Dog Days 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Africa 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
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Dom R
Ouray, Colorado
Dom R   Ouray, Colorado
The main rappel (or what I perceive to be the main rappel) off the summit of the tower consists of two beefy glue ins for the first rappel and then a steel cable wrapped around a tree for the second. (70m required) Definitely not rotting slings and is very trustworthy. Mar 26, 2016
The trail head is at 37°49.706'N 83°35.921'W. Park in a small turn-out, don't bottom out your tiny rental car. You'll find a trail head sign across the street. Jun 4, 2014
DannyUncanny
Vancouver
DannyUncanny   Vancouver
Tower Rock is out of the new guide and sees little traffic these days and most of the nylon anchors are rotting. Be careful what you trust up there. Nov 5, 2012

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