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Routes in El Tecolote

Quack T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Sand in My Sombrero T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Tecolote Sin Nombre T 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
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Elevation: 9,706 ft
GPS: 35.218, -106.457 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Description

Tecolote is a 500 foot tall formation past the north end of Muralla Grande, directly behind the Castle. It is clearly visible from about half way up the La Luz Trail.

Getting There

To find the formation, follow
Approach to El Tecolote. to the Tecolote formation at the North end of Muralla Grande. Tips: Take the Muralla Grande trail down about four switchbacks. From the North point of the 4th switchback (35.21412, -106.45502), go another 100 feet and head straight down hill. Look for a ridge that has a field of small aspens on the left (south) side and pines on the right. The field/meadow comes to a rock point/platform with a view. Go straight down the rocky ridge, staying on the ridge for as long as you can (maybe 500 feet) until you are forced to the right side of the ridge. Stay close to the rocks on the right side of the ridge until you hit the saddle between Tecolote and the Castle. You should be able to see the Mummy formation to the north when you are walking down. Approach time to here is ~35 minutes from the car. The Castle is the obvious detached fin that forms the right side of the gully.

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Classic Climbing Routes at El Tecolote

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5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
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Tecolote Sin Nombre
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Tecolote Sin Nombre
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5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
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