Elevation: 9,615 ft
GPS: 35.218, -106.458 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
Page Views: 1,835 total · 64/month
Shared By: Josh Smith on Mar 4, 2018
Admins: Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski

Description

The Castle is a prominent rib off of the ridge that separates the Chimney Canyon complex from Mummy Canyon. The smooth face with two prominent cracks is obvious from the La Luz trail.

Getting There

The Castle forms the right (west) side of the El Tecolote descent gully. Tecolote forms the far 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 until you are forced to the right side of the ridge--this really fun ridge scrambling so don't bail off the ridge until you need to (maybe 500 feet down). 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.

Approach to El Tecolote.

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