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Elevation: 13,569 ft 4,136 m
GPS: 37.64627, -107.58777
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Shared By: Matthias Holladay on Mar 5, 2012
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC

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As with its northerly neighbors, the Grenadiers, the Needles provide for some of the best backcountry mountaineering in the area. Huge potential exists on The Organ, Thompson Peak and others just to the south of the more popular and easier accessed Eolus, Sunlight, and Windom peaks. To the north of the peaks around Chicago Basin, lie the drainages of Ruby and Noname Creeks and these contain nice technical lines on peaks like Animas Mtn., The Index, Knife Point, Peak Ten, and of course Jagged. Though the Needles contain some very poor rock, there are those faces and spires which (for those who are in the know,) will yield some fantastic new routes.

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From Silverton, one may simply walk the tracks for the Grenadiers; alternatively, hike down the Molas Switchbacks, Mary's Highland Trail, Hunchback Pass from Beartown, etc.

Purgatory Flat trail for the Needles is a casual hike in; Vallecito Creek accesses both mountains west, north, and east.

The trains? Pricy and smelly. Bring a mask, or don't, if you don't mind inhaling coal particulate smoke from the locomotives; additionally, expect typical tourist questions, sometimes asinine. :-|

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Needles

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