Routes exist on all sides of the freestanding pinnacle. The classic route takes the southeast side. Excellent photo ops from atop Kings Throne and above the Weissner Face area.
Take the West Bluff Trail to the first point where it comes out of the woods for a great view of the lake. Cleopatra's Needle is clearly visable in the Amphitheater below.
Rappel off the summit with a single rope. The rap anchor consists of one large ring bolt, and "Joe 1964" is stamped on it.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Cleopatra's Needle:
East Dihedral 5.4 Trad, 1 pitch, 50 feet
East Comfort Route 5.4 Trad, 1 pitch, 50 feet
Northwest Side 5.4 Trad, TR
Cleo's Needle Southwest Dihedral 5.6 Trad, 1 pitch, 60 feet
Cleos Needle-Southwest Rib 5.7 Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50 feet
Featured Route For Cleopatra's Needle
Southeast Arete 5.4 PG13 WI : Devil's Lake : ... : Cleopatra's Needle
This is a climb in two parts. The lower arete has very little gear ... but good gear where you step up around the overlap, and huge holds everywhere else. Once on the ledge at mid-height, walk over to the summit block. There is decent gear again for the final few moves, where you are feeling most exposed....[more] Browse More Classics in WI