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Description

The Cake and The Candle are 2 pinnacles to the north of Muralla Grande. The Cake is the broader tower to the south of the Candle. It's not as impressive as the Candle, but you'll probably climb both if you come down here. The Cake is home to the easiest climb listed in the current guidebook, however, the approach might be a bit more rugged than some first-timers might enjoy.

To descend: Rappel 90' down the north face, off webbing around large blocks. This anchor is not great.

I haven't done it, but I guess you can rig a tyroleon traverse between the Cake and the Candle.

Getting There

From the Crest, follow the Chimney Canyon Trail to the aspen grove above Muralla Grande. Wander into the pines to the north, and drop off to the west down the "CC Couloir". There's no obvious trail. Keep occasionally peeking over the ridge to the south, to spy the obvious spire of the Candle. The last part is steeper, and may have short 3rd class sections. The Cake is the southermost (farther), of the 2 towers.

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