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BETA PHOTO: A view of Arrowhead's less traveled north face.

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The inspiringly named North Tower has a cute bulgy spire attached just to its south, called Arrowhead Spire. This looks, well, rather like an arrowhead. It is accessed from parking on the east side of Eagle Plume, in a dirt pull-in. The formation of North Tower is obvious, out to the northeast, with the Arrowhead just on the right. The Arrowhead has a nice crack system splitting it in two, to give the two routes currently climbed. There are no other cracks worthy of the name, so it's unlikely there will any more routes done!

Getting There 

Drive into Valley of the Gods, locate Eagle Plume (the largest formation), park on the east side of Eagle Plume, ideally in a dirt pull-in overlooking the wash to the east. Hike down into the wash, then up and around the south side of the formation to access the prominent ledge system at the base of Arowhead. Scramble up about midway along the east side, up a vague weakness/trail under North Tower, to avoid the worst of the loose talus. Approach time is about forty minutes or so.

Climbing Season

For the Valley of the Gods/Mexican Hat area.

Weather station 7.5 miles from here

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Rock Climbing Photo: On top of the Southwest Face.

Southwest Face 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C1+  Utah : Moab Area : ... : Arrowhead Spire
The Southwest Face; I love these inspiring names.This is a fine route on a nice formation. Shady all morning. Easy aid, but requires some thought. A good starter tower for anyone who has done and enjoyed) a couple desert towers, is looking to learn aiding, and who does not want to buy specialized aid gear. Also a totally viable free-climbing challenge. Luckily it's not been done free yet, so Stu and I could aid with dignity. Maybe 1.5 stars really.The route starts on the west side, on...[more]   Browse More Classics in Utah

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Rock Climbing Photo: Arrowhead Spire Sunrise
Arrowhead Spire Sunrise
Rock Climbing Photo: North Tower and Arrowhead Spire from the approach....
BETA PHOTO: North Tower and Arrowhead Spire from the approach....

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