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Echo Canyon

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Echo Canyon 


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BETA PHOTO: The west side of Echo Canyon, featuring the Ramp (...

Description 

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.


Climbing Season


30 Total Routes


['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',18],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Echo Canyon:
Crackula   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 180'   Techweeny Buttress
Hummingbird   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13     Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches, 400'   The Ramp Area
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
Westron Wynde   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches, 400'   Bush Shark Area
Bush Shark Spire   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 200'   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
Feeding Frenzy   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 100'   Bush Shark Area
Great Escape   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 100'   Yucca Flower Tower
Rawhide   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 300'   Yucca Flower Tower
Big - T   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 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
Raven Steals the Sun   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 800'   La Vista
Squash Blossom   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13     Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 300'   Yucca Flower Tower
Hammerhead   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, Sport, Alpine, 2 pitches, 220'   Bush Shark Area
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
Steep, clean face with just enough cracks.

Western Justice (Frontier Justice) 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  NM : Sandia Mountains : ... : Yucca Flower Tower
Western Justice climbs a steep, smooth-looking face, following cracks and seams. It's fairly sustained in difficulty and it makes a good follow-up to climbs in the Yucca Flower Tower area.Rappel or lower ~170' from the rim, which will eventually lower you into a stance at the base of the obvious right-facing corner. The start is somewhat vague, but if you begin below the lowest bolt, you'll get all the good parts of the route.Start by moving left into a finger crack, passing a couple of bushes...[more]   Browse More Classics in NM

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A view a little up the east side Echo Canyon in January 2010.  Photo taken from Domingo Baca Canyon.
A view a little up the east side Echo Canyon in Ja...
Bush Shark-Yucca Flower area
Bush Shark-Yucca Flower area
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