Hermit Spires Rock Climbing
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DescriptionHermit Spire is a beautiful, solitary Sierra granite spire to the north of the Needles proper.
Whatever has been said about the Needles applies to Hermit Spire except maybe for the crowds. Plenty of routes slipping into obscurity as the old bolts rust, the pins fall out, and the webbing fades. Beautiful views of the Needles, Kern River drainage and Mount Whitney compete with the piercing whistles of humming birds and annoying buzz of flying insects.
The east, south and west faces present quality routes from one pitch up to 7-8 pitches and 650 feet of elevation gain. The North Ridge is a fine, low 5th class scramble, reminiscent of the walk off of the Witch and should be used as the descent for routes reaching the summit.
The out of print 1992 Needles guide book by Greg Vernon is a great resource: ISBN 0-934641-43-9
Please strictly practice LEAVE NO TRACE and keep this area wild and pristine. Pack out all trash including toilet paper and feminine hygiene waste. No camp fires are allowed in this area.
Getting ThereHermit Spire is about an hour drive from the trail head parking lot and main camp ground at the Needles. Most of the drive can be negotiated by any car that can make it to the Needles. The final mile requires high clearance and 4-wheel drive is a good idea. From the Needles head to the Golden Trout Pack Station then to Forest Route 20S79B (See photo).
Classic Climbing Routes at Hermit Spires
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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