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The Watchtower  

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Location: 40.4462, -111.6958 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: jtwalter on Jun 26, 2006

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The climbing on The Watchtower is not the classic pocket pulling that you expect from American Fork Canyon. It's more technical in nature with edges, crimpers, sidepulls and a few jugs thrown in for good measure.

Fun area with good climbing and little traffic.

This is a great area for fall climbing in American Fork.

See an oblique, aerial view here.

Getting There 

The Watchtower is located 3.4 miles up the canyon. Park and walk 150 yards directly up the hill to the north from the parking area.

Alternatively, instead of heading up the talus slope, there is a small trail just to the east of the large rock formation (known as The Hitcher) just off the road. Head up that trail and take the left hand trail when it splits. You'll have to climb up the last 20 yards of the talus slope.

The first route (Billy Goat's Gruff - .11a) starts at the top of the talus slope and the routes continue to the left.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.1 miles from here

13 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Watchtower:
Billy Goat's Gruff   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Sun King   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport   
Fire Woman   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Step Right Up   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Wasted and Wounded   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
Decades   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
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A great route, even if it's seeping a little. The ...

Decades 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c  UT : Wasatch Range : ... : The Watchtower
Use positive but small edges and side pulls through the 2nd bolt. From here, a sharp sidepull and small feet will get you to the first glued "jug" (crux). A big throw gets you to the next glued jug. More big moves to positive holds get's you to the final roof....[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

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By Jeremy Steck
From: Salt Lake City, UT
May 5, 2014
In spring (May), goes into the sun around noon. Back in the shade around 5PM.
By Laura T
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Jul 19, 2015
I'm not sure where the 3.4 miles is measuring from, but the parking area is .5 miles past the flagpole. The trail starts by the boulders just up the road from there.
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