Towers of Uncertainty, North

Introduction and Index

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Towers-North Additional Pages

TOU-N Intro photo

Surprise Tank 2014 Mar 5

Surprise Tank 3D Gallery

Surprise Tank 2D Gallery

Towers-North ♦ Return Visit 2014 Mar 28

See Also

Towers of Uncertainty, Hills


2014 MAR 5. A four-hour exploratory (and discovery) trek to Towers-North. This area is situated about one mile north of the rock-climbing group traditionally called Towers of Uncertainty. Like the former, the northern formation also abounds with Uncertainty. The rocky spines are smaller here, but just as photogenic if not more so. Nolinas are in residence around the perimeter. There is a small, forgotten dam at one end, perhaps constructed in the 1920s to 1940s by local cattle ranchers. Seasonally, it contains a pond, as I chanced to discover. Three “balanced rocks” grab your attention. Notable, too, is a dark tower that juts skyward which I have, after much serious thought, nicknamed the Dark Tower. Nearby, another, even stranger formation looking for all the world like a trapdoor or Portal to the Underworld. Its lid and orifice are fire-blackened on the inside as though breathed upon by dragons. Do not mock me. Dragons, I say!


 Towers-North ♦ Sample 3D Anaglyphs

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Desert Pediment

Some interesting desert pediment forms the “ground” in one area, above which rise little spiny spires. The rocks are entirely White Tank monzogranite, but with wide variance in color from pale ivory, almost blinding in the noonday sun, to warm tans and browns. Medium to almost brown-black desert varnish coats many of the formations. The centerpiece is the Dark Tower, a small blackened pinnacle rising west of the dam. It provides a grand view of the entire area when you climb up beside it.

There are, as mentioned, lovely nolinas scattered around. Joshua Trees are quite sparse in this area, and also small. Mojave yuccas are noticeable by their near absence. Thousands outside the perimeter, but few inside. There are no pinyon pines. Pinyons lie further north in Joshua Tree National Park—up near Queen Mountain, Hidden Valley, Barker Dam, and throughout the Wonderland of Rocks. So prepare yourself for very little shade except in the morning and early to late afternoon, when the rocks cast their welcoming shadows to sit under.

Per this map, readers will find that the area is triangular-shaped, 350yds on a side, and pointing South. Easy to traverse, there is a low hill on the western edge offering beautiful views in all directions. Everything resides within a shallow basin such as the playing field in a baseball or soccer stadium.

Towers of Uncertainty Google Earth 02c towers north with labels

The six times I have visited Towers, South & North and the hills in-between, I’ve had the 1/3 square mile of Dr. Seuss-like fairland all to myself. Tourists seem unaware of its presence. Which, if you like to be surrounded by thousands of park visitors who gather only a mile and a half away at Jumbo Rocks, and yet have a quiet place to meditate alone, this is the place. Perfect Zen country.

 First Visit, 2014 Mar 5

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Approach to Towers-North ♦ 3D Anaglyph

Eastern Area with Small Pinnacles and Nolinas ♦ 3D Anaglyph

Western Area including Center ♦ 3D Anaglyph

Slideshow of the 74 Photographs Above ♦ 3D Anaglyph

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3D H-SBS Gallery

(Suitable for 3D TV viewing. Half Side-by-Sides avoid the minor Anaglyph anomalies that can occur. Click images to enlarge. 1080p resolution. Or Windows users, right-click and choose SAVE LINK AS. The entire Uncertainty group contains over 3,000 3D photographs. Also, I have made slideshows of the Towers of Uncertainty North-South-Hills sets in H-SBS MP4 1080p format for 3D TVs.)


The northern end of the Towers of Uncertainty is a favorite of mine because the photo-opportunities seems endless. Here, the rocky projections are sharp and spire-like rather than smooth, rounded as in other areas of the Park. The little cattleman’s dam, possibly built in the 1920s or 1930s, adds another point of interest when it is filled, reflecting the rocks all around.


Posted 2014 Oct 4

Updated 2017 Nov 11

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