Cactus Flower Tower Rock Climbing
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DescriptionThis peak is Mount Wilson's little brother. Although there is extensive exposed rock, comparatively little activity has been recorded. The main cliff forms a high wall wrapping from the east to the northern side of the peak. The Blood Wall is a long reddish wall beneath the western ridge, high above Oak Creek Canyon. The lower cliff tiers on the east and north sides contain cragging routes on smaller outcrops. The Triad and Afterburner walls, as well as the League of Notions, are in this area.
THE "STANDARD" DESCENT ROUTE: The "easy" ascent route (and standard descent) goes up the Oak Creek streambed until a sharp left turn can be made into the narrow canyon separating the tower from Mount Wilson. Shortly thereafter, climb onto the west ridge and routefind your way up the third class terrain. Near the top, the climbing becomes class 4 or 5 for a short bit, but unroped ascents are not uncommon. Obviously, the descent reverses this sequence. The descent is sufficiently tricky that it would pose a bit of a challenge in the dark with no prior familiarity.
RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone in Red Rocks is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Details
Holds rip off and climbs have been and will continue to be permanently damaged due to climbers not respecting this phenomenon. After a heavy storm the rock will remain wet, sometimes for several days. PLEASE DO NOT CLIMB IN RED ROCKS during or after rain. A good rule of thumb is that if the ground near your climb is at all damp (and not powdery dry sand), then do not climb. There are many alternatives (limestone, granite, basalt, and plastic) nearby. ***** HUMAN WASTE ***** Human waste is one of the major issues plaguing Red Rocks. The Las Vegas Climbers Liaison Council identified this problem years ago and has worked to provide "wag bags" free of charge in several locations (Black Velvet, First Pullout, Kraft Mtn/Bouldering, The Gallery, and The Black Corridor). These bags are designed so that you can pack your waste out - consider bringing one to be part of your kit (just like your rope and shoes and lunch) no matter where you go. Once used, please dispose of them properly (do not throw them in the toilets at the parking areas). This project was funded primarily by the American Alpine Club
Classic Climbing Routes at Cactus Flower Tower
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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