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The Cake and The Candle are 2 pinnacles to the north of Muralla Grande. The Cake is the broader tower to the south of the Candle. It's not as impressive as the Candle, but you'll probably climb both if you come down here. The Cake is home to the easiest climb listed in the current guidebook, however, the approach might be a bit more rugged than some first-timers might enjoy.
From the Crest, follow the Chimney Canyon Trail to the aspen grove above Muralla Grande. Wander into the pines to the north, and drop off to the west down the "CC Couloir". There's no obvious trail. Keep occasionally peeking over the ridge to the south, to spy the obvious spire of the Candle. The last part is steeper, and may have short 3rd class sections. The Cake is the southermost (farther), of the 2 towers.
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The easiest way up the Cake, and one of the easiest climbs in the Sandias. A nice summit with forgettable climbing; rated 5.3 in the old Hill guide, 5.4 in the new Schein guide.From the north-west side of the Cake, scramble up to the notch between the Cake & the Candle. Step to the tower to the right (the Cake), and start up its North Face. Climb a flake, stem into a chimney and onto a ledge with 2 really old bolts. From here, work right toward the right edge of the cliff, then angl...[more] Browse More Classics in NM
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