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Quercus Circus Tower

Colorado > Grand Junction… > Unaweep Canyon > Main Canyon: Unaweep…

Description

90' tall tower of good quality rock across from Hidden Valley wall. From the maps available, the tower appears to be on public land, but there is a house down hill so keep a low profile.

This area should be in the main granite canyon area if anyone knows how to move it.

Getting There

Park at the pull out below Hidden Valley Wall. On the other side of the road look for a gap in the fences and an old fire break that goes straight up the hill. This is where a corner of BLM land meets the road. Go up the old break until almost to the cliff and head right at a cairn. Traverse across to the tower which is now visible. There are several nice moderate cracks on the wall you traverse below that have an anchor above them (FA: BW and SM).

Routes from Left to Right

5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 1
Quercus Circus
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c C0
 1
Smack My Bishop
Trad, Aid
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Quercus Circus
 1
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Smack My Bishop
 1
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c C0 Trad, Aid

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From the parking, looking back East. The fence has an opening after the reflector.
[Hide Photo] From the parking, looking back East. The fence has an opening after the reflector.
The East-facing (the side you first walk up on) side of the tower.
[Hide Photo] The East-facing (the side you first walk up on) side of the tower.
The parking on the right (Westbound) just before Sunday Wall and directly under Hidden Valley".
[Hide Photo] The parking on the right (Westbound) just before Sunday Wall and directly under Hidden Valley".
closer view
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cracks on the wall you pass below on the way to Quercus Circus Tower
[Hide Photo] cracks on the wall you pass below on the way to Quercus Circus Tower
Quercus Circus Tower from the parking spot
[Hide Photo] Quercus Circus Tower from the parking spot