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Routes in Organ Needle

Buzzard Peakbag T Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c
Ingraham's Gully T Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c
Normal Route T 3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a
Northwest Ridge T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
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Description

The tallest of the Organ mts and a favorite destination for the adventurous hiker. A number of routes ascend its various flanks. The most popular way to reach the top is via the Regular route, which is moslty a hike, but has a short section of 4th class scrambling near the top, which has kept many off the summit.

The more technical routes can be found on all sides of this peak. The East side has some immense and steep walls which have only begun to be explored by climbers.

Even if you do not intend on trying one of the technical routes to the summit of Organ Needle, it is well worth your time to hike to its summit, and familiarize yourself to Organs. Indeed, the Organ Needle offers one of the few actual trails to a summit (not maintained though) and anyone considering attempting any of the peaks nearby should be familiar with this trail for use as a quick descent route.

Rock quality is highly variable. While some sections appear to be quite solid, others are extremely treacherous.

Getting There

the Organ needle can be approached from either the east or west. It is most commonly approached from the west starting at the La Cueva picnic area and hiking up Ferguson canyon. Alternatively, one can approach from the Modoc mine rd. from the east, approach is made from Aguirre Springs recreation area. The approach is long no matter which side, taking 3-6hrs or more for your first trip. No maintained trails exist, and be prepared for some bushwhacking.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Organ Needle

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a
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Normal Route
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Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c
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Ingraham's Gully
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Normal Route
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3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a Trad
Ingraham's Gully
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Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c Trad
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There is another hard climb (some sort of 5.11) on the south face of Organ Needle. Several people put up the route including Edmund Ward. Feb 15, 2018

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