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Snowdon Peak 

West Needle Mountains Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 13,000'
Location: 37.6827, -107.7093 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Kevin Sainio on Aug 23, 2010
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North below Snowdon.


The West Needle Mountains are a small range just South of Silverton between US Hwy 550 and the Animas Gorge. The range consists of Snowdon Peak at the North end and the four Twilight Peaks to the South.

Getting There 

Take Hwy 550 either from Silverton or Durango to Andrews Lake. From Andrews, take the Crater Lake Trail for a half mile to access the climbers trail for Snowdon. For the Twilights, continue on the Crater Lake trail for an additional 5.5 Miles to the base of North Twilight where there is good camping.

Climbing Season

For the San Juans area.

Weather station 4.9 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in West Needle Mountains

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for West Needle Mountains:
Naked Lady Couloir        Trad, Alpine, 1000'   Snowdon Peak
West Buttress   4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b     Trad, Alpine, 800'   Snowdon Peak
Northeast Ridge   4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b     Trad, Alpine   Snowdon Peak
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Featured Route For West Needle Mountains
Rock Climbing Photo: West Face Couloir, May 2013.

Naked Lady Couloir   CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Snowdon Peak
I am not sure where this name came from, my nephew & his buddies call it that - I always called it the West Face Couloir.Climb the obvious couloir. It intersects with the exposed scrambling of the upper NW Ridge....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

Photos of West Needle Mountains Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking into the Needles and Grenadiers.
Looking into the Needles and Grenadiers.
Rock Climbing Photo: Snowdon Peak.
Snowdon Peak.
Rock Climbing Photo: Stop and go on the East Ridge of Snowdon.
Stop and go on the East Ridge of Snowdon.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Twilight Mountains.
The Twilight Mountains.

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