Enchanted Tower at night in August. flickr.com/th...
What can you say about this? Many areas have striking formations that are just begging to be climbed. They don't beg any harder than this one! The inverted wedge of Enchanted Tower features lots of hard routes on usually overhanging rock. One the easiest and most obvious (and therefore most popular) routes on the Tower proper is Golden Stairs
at 5.11c (originally rated 5.12a).
This is likely the only route you'll encounter a line on. From there, the difficulty goes all the way into the 5.13's, including the amazing and picturesque Goliath
(5.13a). Bring the big guns!
The Tower is commonly broken up into three distinct faces. The typically shaded North (Left) Face
, the typically sunny West (Center) Face
and the South/Southeast (Right) Face
Climbing began at the Tower in the early 80s when students at the nearby New Mexico Tech college in Socorro were tipped off about a huge "mushroom rock" by a local forest service ranger. This great historical account
of the early days at the Tower by Philip Simon is a must-read.
If you can't find the Tower, you're in big trouble! Trails come up from the parking area below and also from the areas across to the left. Approach time about two minutes.
Weather station 5.7 miles from here
22 Total Routes
['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
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Golden Stairs 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a NM
: Enchanted Tower
: ... : South/Southeast (Right) Fac...
A classic line. Begin just right of the Goliath arete (both routes share the same start), and climb to the top of a large pillar. Once gaining the top of the pillar continue up and pull a balancy move for the technical crux. Trend right on large holds, then up and through the bulge. This bulge is the crux for most, as the pump clock is ticking. After pulling this bulge, the rest is only 5.8 climbing but can be a little spooky, especially if your super pumped! It is fairly run out from ther...[more] Browse More Classics in NM
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By 1Eric Rhicard
Feb 28, 2006
The overhanging arete on the Enchanted Tower has to be one of the most striking lines in the southwest. A number of routes start on the lower section of the arete and branch off. Goliath 5.13 takes it 110 ft. to the top. If you haven't been there plan a trip now.