Ascent of Needle Peak on 2009-08-22

Climber: Brad Boester

Date:Saturday, August 22, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Needle Peak
    Elevation:8971 ft / 2734 m

Ascent Trip Report

Combined trip with Lyon and Granite Chief Peaks. Ascent via Granite Chief trail/Pacific Crest trail/East ridgeline. Rated Ascent Quality a 4 due to sidehilling through boulders,sandy soil, knee high brush and extra elevation gains. Intermittent use trails from Granite Chief summit to saddle between peaks, routefinding through brushy slopes required. stayed to the south of the ridgeline to pass the "gendarmes" near the summit then climbed up to the south side of the summit block, easy class 3, descended via the west side, class 2 then continued on ridge to Lyon Peak.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Extra Loss:250 ft / 76 m
    Route:Granite Chief/PC trails/east ridge
    Trailhead:Granite Chief Trailhead  
Descent Statistics

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