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Routes in Hermit Spires

North Ridge T Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c
Pondo Pete T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Shoulder Hopper S 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
South Face T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
Unknown Upper West Face Slab Climb T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Elevation: 8,440 ft
GPS: 36.169, -118.513 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Description

Hermit 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 There

Hermit 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).

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Classic Climbing Routes at Hermit Spires

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c
North Ridge
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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
South Face
Trad 7 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
North Ridge Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c Trad
South Face 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R Trad 7 pitches
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Benjamin Chapman
Small Town, USA
Benjamin Chapman   Small Town, USA
Well, Dag nabbit and d@%*&$%m those internet posting polecats, Jed! Can't have them varmints stinkin' up the place now can we? Hello, Hermit Spire and the Needles have been common knowledge since Beckey wrote it up in the 70/80s and numerous articles, guidebooks, and Chouinard catalogs have further popularized the area. With 6.5 billion people on the planet someone's bound to frequent your favorite restaurant, swimming hole, or crag. Get over it. May 7, 2011

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