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Scramble a long way up the approach gully near Ramen Pride, generally bearing to the right. When you reach the crest of the main buttress, climb up on varied 5th class rock for several pitches. Eventually you come out on a broad wooded ledge beneath the main headwall. Climb a right-facing ramp system behind a large, gnarled pine tree. The second headwall pitch climbs a crack system directly above a second big pine. When the cracks peter out, wander up and right to the summit.
An alternative start bypasses a few of the broken lower pitches. Scramble up to the base of the Blood Wall, then continue up and left (east). This is mostly class 2 with one fifth class spot. You join the longer route one pitch beneath the wooded ledge system.
Descent: this route ends at the Cactus Flower Tower summit, so follow the standard descent along the west ridge.
This route is best accessed from Oak Creek.
The storm did make for some impressive views.
Good ledge just before the summit.
Higher on the second headwall pitch.
Looking down the second headwall pitch/
The second headwall pitch starts next to an intere...
Close-up view of interesting pine tree growing aro...
The first headwall pitch.
One pitch below the wooded ledge and headwall. Th...
Lots of bushwhacking and third class in the easter...
BETA PHOTO: Another view of the north face of Cactus Flower To...
BETA PHOTO: The Cactus Flower Tower north face route from the ...
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