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Charlie Horse Needle

Utah > Southeast Utah > Island In The Sky
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Description

Charlie Horse Needle is a proud tower off of the White Rim trail, north of the Green River. This is the tallest and rightmost of 3 obvious towers in a group high on the hillside above the river.

Getting There

Coming from 191, drive south on 313 towards Canyonlands. About 12 miles down 313, and just past a cattle guard, turn right on Mineral Basin Road. Be careful not to take the road just a 1/4 mile earlier that goes past the Horsethief campground. Drive about 12 more miles and descend the switchbacks down to the river. Make a left and drive a couple of miles to the Park border. Mark your odometer and drive 1.2 miles past the park boundary. On your left you will see the towers up a wash.

Routes from Left to Right

5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 24
Sims-Hesse-Hanning Route
Trad 3 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 1
Unknown 5.10+
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Sims-Hesse-Hanning Route
 24
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad 3 pitches
Unknown 5.10+
 1
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad

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Ledge naps!
[Hide Photo] Ledge naps!
Plenty of IC cracks nearby. Bring all your hand crack cams for this one.
[Hide Photo] Plenty of IC cracks nearby. Bring all your hand crack cams for this one.
The group of towers
[Hide Photo] The group of towers
Charlie Horse Needle, from the west. Climb is on the other side.
[Hide Photo] Charlie Horse Needle, from the west. Climb is on the other side.
The Charlie Horse Needle from the north. <br>
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Olevsky's North Face route climbs the obvious right-facing corner and then continues straight up to the summit following excellent cracks the entire way.
[Hide Photo] The Charlie Horse Needle from the north. Olevsky's North Face route climbs the obvious right-facing corner and then continues straight up to the summit following excellent cracks the entire way.
The Charlie Horse Needle (right) from the approach. (south)<br>
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The other spires are unnamed and, as far as I know, unclimbed. This is probably because there are no crack systems that run to the summits and there is a fixed anchor ban in Canyonlands.
[Hide Photo] The Charlie Horse Needle (right) from the approach. (south) The other spires are unnamed and, as far as I know, unclimbed. This is probably because there are no crack systems that run to the sum…

Comments [Hide ALL Comments]

Spencer Weiler
Grand Junction
[Hide Comment] The directions to get here are spot on, just know you won't get a very good view of the towers until you are hiking up the wash, so don't rely on actually seeing the tower to indicate where to stop and park. 1.2 miles from the NP boundary is perfect. Mar 15, 2015
Ross Exler
Denver, CO
[Hide Comment] This tower is closed March 15 to August 31 for raptors nps.gov/cany/planyourvisit/… May 6, 2024