Elevation: 6,359 ft
GPS: 43.842, -103.546 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Andrew Gram on Jun 25, 2002 with improvements by Robert Hall
Admins: Andrew Gram, Peter Gram, Greg Parker, Mike Madsen, Mark Rafferty

Description

The Needles Eye area is located along the Needles Highway next to its namesake spire and the long one lane tunnel. Besides the Needles Eye itself, many other classic spires like the Bell Tower, Hitching Post, and Bloody Spire as well as great boulders like the Thimble are in the area. Many of these routes are dangerous, but there are some classic moderates and even the odd sport route.

Getting There

From Sylvan Lake, head up the Needles Highway. The Needles Eye is the obvious spire before the tunnel, which is usually easily identifiable by hordes of tourists milling around. Spires are scattered in the woods both up and downhill from the parking lot, and as with everywhere else in the Needles orientation is difficult on your first few visits.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Needles Eye Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
 81
Hitching Post
Trad
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c R
 66
Moonlight Rib
Trad
Fan
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13
 4
Conn Route on Bell Tower
Trad 2 pitches
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 25
Standard Route
Trad 3 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 48
Doody Direct
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c X
 32
Needle's Eye
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 26
Goldline
Sport
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 38
Threading the Needle
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 5
Has Anyone Seen Elmer?
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 10
Original Route
Trad
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 18
Renn Fenton Direct Route
Trad
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 11
Mark and Tim's Excellent Adventure
Trad 3 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 9
Buck Shot Eyes and a Purple Heart
Sport
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
 8
Horseshoes and Hand Grenades
Trad
5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b
 4
99 Problems
Sport
Fan
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Hitching Post Hitching Post
 81
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a Trad
Moonlight Rib Fan
 66
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c R Trad
Conn Route on Bell Tower Bell Tower
 4
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13 Trad 2 pitches
Standard Route Bloody Spire
 25
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
Doody Direct Gnomon
 48
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Needle's Eye Needle's Eye
 32
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c X Trad 2 pitches
Goldline Goldline
 26
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Threading the Needle Needle's Eye
 38
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Has Anyone Seen Elmer? Goldline
 5
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Original Route Sore Thumb
 10
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Renn Fenton Direct Route Needle's Eye
 18
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Mark and Tim's Excellent Ad… Loeber's Leap > Loebers Leap
 11
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad 3 pitches
Buck Shot Eyes and a Purple… Bell Tower
 9
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
Horseshoes and Hand Grenades Gnomon
 8
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a Trad
99 Problems Fan
 4
5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b Sport
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