By Sandias' standards, the approach is way easy. Hike the crest spur trail down to the La Luz trail, turn left, hike a bit longer to the east and then rap down the route.
Three double rope raps down the route will get us to the start of Yucca Flower Tower route
Note the nice, clean rock. Some of the best rock I've encountered in the Sandias
George (on lead) and Mark climbed Rawhide, 5.10c, just left of the route Daniel and I climbed, Yucca Flower Tower, 5.10b.
George eyballing the flaring corner just above the crux of the route
Daniel seconding the first pitch (5.10b) of YFT
Cool, tricky to read moves lead through a small roof on the first pitch to make the crux of the route. Daniel cruised it.
Daniel led (and linked) the second and third pitches (5.9). The 5.9 fingers crack is obvious and awesome. Mark is to the left seconding the long first pitch of Rawhide.
We had a great view of the tram
George seconding the second pitch of Rawhide (and finally in the sun!)
For the finish we opted to skip the original 5.4 finish and climbed The Great Escape, 5.10c. Daniel is seconding that pitch here while Mark is seconding the 5.9 corner variation.
With some extra time we TRed a couple lines to the east of YFT--Aces and Eights, 5.8, and Western Justice, 5.11a.
Daniel starting Western Justice, 5.11a
George's turn on Western Justice
As we climbed we watched this rain cell work it's way towards us. We wrapped up by 2:15pm and started to hike out just as it hit us.
Rain cell nailing Echo Canyon. Timed it just right!