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 · Updates
Admins: 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
 91
Hitching Post
Trad
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c R
 69
Moonlight Rib
Trad
Fan
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R
 22
The Thimble (Backside)
Trad
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 27
Standard Route
Trad 3 pitches
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
 31
Summer lovin
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 51
Doody Direct
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c X
 34
Needle's Eye
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 31
Goldline
Sport
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 43
Threading the Needle
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 11
Original Route
Trad
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 19
Renn Fenton Direct Route
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 10
Every Which Way But Loose
Trad, Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 11
Mark and Tim's Excellent Adventure
Trad 3 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 4
Just an Obstacle Course
Trad
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b V5 6C
 3
The Thimble
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Hitching Post Hitching Post
 91
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a Trad
Moonlight Rib Fan
 69
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c R Trad
The Thimble (Backside) Thimble
 22
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R Trad
Standard Route Bloody Spire
 27
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 3 pitches
Summer lovin Bell Ringer
 31
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13 Sport
Doody Direct Gnomon
 51
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Needle's Eye Needle's Eye
 34
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c X Trad 2 pitches
Goldline Goldline
 31
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Threading the Needle Needle's Eye
 43
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Original Route Sore Thumb
 11
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Renn Fenton Direct Route Needle's Eye
 19
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Every Which Way But Loose Bell Tower
 10
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Sport
Mark and Tim's Excellent Ad… Loeber's Leap > Loebers Leap
 11
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad 3 pitches
Just an Obstacle Course Clam Shell
 4
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
The Thimble Thimble
 3
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b V5 6C Boulder
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