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Echo Canyon Rock Climbing 

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Home of the beautiful Yucca Flower Tower, Echo Canyon has one of the shortest approaches in the Sandia Mountains. The summit of the Yucca Flower Tower Tower is just off the La Luz Trail. Rapping down this formation access several high quality lines. If looking for a few "alpinish" sport routes, Techweeny Buttress is where you will find some.

Getting There 

Find the Sandia Crest Spur trail at the south end of the Sandia Crest parking area. Follow it down and past its junction with the La Luz trail (.5 miles). At this junction, your direction will depend on the formation that you plan on climbing. For Techweeny Buttress or Bush Shark Spire, you will drop down into echo canyon by heading southeast, or right at the junction. If heading for Yucca Flower Tower, continue south on the La Luz. See Yucca Flower Tower for continuation of directions to the routes on this formation.

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30 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',17],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Echo Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Echo Canyon:
The Ramp   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches, 350'   The Ramp Area
Hummingbird   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13     Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches, 400'   The Ramp Area
Crackula   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 180'   Techweeny Buttress
Aces and Eights   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 180'   Yucca Flower Tower
Garden Party   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 225'   Bush Shark Area
Bush Shark Spire   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 200'   Bush Shark Area
Westron Wynde   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches, 400'   Bush Shark Area
Yucca Flower Tower   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches   Yucca Flower Tower
Ghost Rider   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, Sport, Alpine, 3 pitches, 400'   Bush Shark Area
Great Escape   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 100'   Yucca Flower Tower
Feeding Frenzy   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 100'   Bush Shark Area
Rawhide   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 300'   Yucca Flower Tower
Big - T   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches, 350'   Bush Shark Area
Western Justice (Frontier Justice)   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, TR, Alpine, 1 pitch, 170'   Yucca Flower Tower
Where Eagles Dare   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 160'   Yucca Flower Tower
Squash Blossom   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13     Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 300'   Yucca Flower Tower
Hammerhead   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, Sport, Alpine, 2 pitches, 220'   Bush Shark Area
Raven Steals the Sun   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 800'   La Vista
Blood In The Water   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, Alpine, 2 pitches, 300'   Bush Shark Area
Daisy   5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c PG13     Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches, 400'   La Vista
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Featured Route For Echo Canyon
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Raven Steals the Sun 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  New Mexico : Sandia Mountains : ... : La Vista
From the tree a top the main face after the notch rap straight down ~190' to a stance with a pin and a bolt. From there rap ~60'until you can see a nice belay ledge with a pin and a bolt. You have to swing with a bit of effort to reach this as it will be off to your right a ways. We left a link on the fixed pin but it is wise to leave a draw here as the rope was tough to pull. From here rap to a tree covered ledge ~100 (The Living Room). Walk north across the ledge and scramble down to a big spr...[more]   Browse More Classics in New Mexico

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By MikeZ
From: Albuquerque, NM
May 11, 2017
Is there any additional information on Date With Death? The route is not listed on Mountain Project but from what I can gather it should be in the Bush Shark Spire section. Further, can anyone help me with possible beta for setting up a toprope to work the route?
By Patrick Vernon
From: Estes Park, CO
May 11, 2017

Date With Death is fairly obvious from the base of Bush Shark Spire. Look down canyon about a quarter mile to a shaded attractive shear panel of rock with a thin looking crack splitting it. The route has at least two repeats since Cody's ascent. My partner was able to set a toprope by soloing in from the left to above the climb and rapping down to the anchors above the climb. It sounded super sketchy. Another option would be to aid it and set a top rope. The most dangerous part is right off the ledge, but you could probably pull through iit on small gear at maybe c2? The route felt like .13a/b on top rope. Comitting 5.12b ish right off the deck with very small gear, to well protected .11+ to a poor rest to a hard bolted finish. I only ever had the pleasure of a few TR burns.

You can see it in the photo of Bush Shark Spire above, the shaded wall just right of center.

By Kerr Adams
From: Albuquerque, NM
Sep 5, 2017
Approach information for the top of the Bush Shark Area:

From the trail junction continue on the La Luz trail towards the tram. After a few minutes you will see and aspen tree on the right with a heart carved into it (see photo.) Just after this tree you will see a climbers trail on the right. Take this trail down to the top of the cliff.
GPS Coordinates:

Cabron Anchors:
35.20211, -106.44608
Ghost Rider Anchors: 35.2022, -106.4462 (Walk down the wide gully to the right of the carbon anchors until the cliff edge. The bolted anchors will be on your left on a short vertical wall.) 70M rope required. All anchors have quick links except for the top anchors.

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