Weavers Needle Rock Climbing
Weavers Needle from the east.
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Weaver's Needle is one of the all-time landmarks of central Arizona. It was even cited by legendary Dutchman Jacob Waltz as one of the locator marks for his gold mine. It can be seen for miles and miles, rising over the mountains just east of Phoenix. Surprisingly, the route to the top is relatively mild for modern rock climbers.
Approach the Needle by hiking north on the Peralta Trail from the Peralta Trailhead up and over Fremont Saddle. You can't miss it.
Weather station 11.3 miles from here
5 Total Climbing Routes
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Fool's Gold 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
: Central Arizona
: ... : Weavers Needle
This 200 foot pitch is a variation to the first pitch (possible two) of Dutchman's Gold. It begins on the other side of the prow or just south of Dutchman's Gold, maybe 200 feet.Climb up obvious cobblestone featured rock to gain large ledge with a few agaves. There is a crack on the left side of this ledge. Climb crack, somewhat difficult to start but gets nice the higher you climb. The crack ends on a loose ledge with more agaves. The next several feet involve climbing over terrible, loose...[more] Browse More Classics in AZ
BETA PHOTO: Belay/rappel station at the top of the first pitch...
The lovely Kimberly pointing out the rap anchor ba...
View from the summit belay/rappel station looking ...
BETA PHOTO: The infamous chockstone at the end of the first pi...
looking back at Weavers Needle
Never know what you might find in a register can!
The traditional view from Fremont Saddle. This cl...
BETA PHOTO: The summit campsite
Unsightly and unnecessary back-up of new rap bolts...
By Ian F.
Mar 19, 2008
Well worth it to camp on top. Best camping site I have been at yet. Views are amazing. We only took what we needed and left the other pack at the base. Not so much fun leading the pitch with a large pack though, but definitely adds to the excitement. If possible the second should carry the pack. In my case that was not an option.
By Andrew Krosbakken
Nov 17, 2008
I tried this climb and we did not summit, ran out of time. If we would have been prepared to stay a night on top that would have been easier and we would have summited no problem. So climb and hike fast if you want to do it all in a days push, I would recommend camping just for the fun of it and then you don't have to rush.
By Scott Frankel
Mar 16, 2009
Start early! It took our group of four people just under 12 hours from car to car. None of us had done this before, so there was some route finding delays, but if you budget more time than you think you will need, you won't be sorry. The first two pitches are the technical climbing. The second pitch is a short (12') easy climb and the rest of the way to the top is scrambling. Bring your rope with you, as there are rap rings to help your descent from the top. Also, on the final rap down the first pitch, a 60 meter rope will be just short. Best bet is to stop at a good point about half way and reset the rappel station. At the top, don't forget to sign the log book in the green ammo can!
From: Gunnison, Colorado
Jan 3, 2012
The main picture on this page of the Needle from the East, led us to ascend the East facing gully. The route that everyone seems to be talking about (with the two fancy rap bolts) ascends the West(ish) facing gully. YOu can go up the East gullly just fine, but there seems to be significantly less pro (not that there's much anyways) and a lot more loose rock (complete with sketchily slung chockstone dominoe pile). THE WEST GULLY IS MORE FUN.
By Guiseppi Mostaccioli
From: Grand Canyon, AZ
Feb 7, 2012
Anybody know anything about a 3-5 pitch 5.9 up the north side? When I was last up there in October, 2010, there was an entry in the register from some guys who claimed to have gone at it that way. It's steep enough for it, though can't say anything about the rock quality.