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Charlie Horse Needle Rock Climbing 

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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.

Climbing Season

For the Island In The Sky area.

Weather station 9.4 miles from here

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Classic Climbing Routes in Charlie Horse Needle

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Charlie Horse Needle:
Sims-Hesse-Hanning Route   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 3 pitches   
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Sims-Hesse-Hanning Route 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c  Utah : Moab Area : ... : Charlie Horse Needle
(P1) scramble up on a ledge and climb a fist crack splitter (5.10) that is right next to a 6 friend corner. When possible, pull up into the wide chimney and do a few 5.7 moves to gain a hand crack on the left wall of the chimney. Belay here inside the chimney at a good stance on a wedged boulder.(P2) climb the hand crack up the chimney wall and follow it out onto the face at a sloping ledge. Continue up the crack, now 1.5 friend sized for a few moves until it is possible to move...[more]   Browse More Classics in Utah

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Rock Climbing Photo: The group of towers
The group of towers
Rock Climbing Photo: The Charlie Horse Needle from the north.   Olevsky...
The Charlie Horse Needle from the north. Olevsky...
Rock Climbing Photo: Charlie Horse Needle, from the west. Climb is on t...
Charlie Horse Needle, from the west. Climb is on t...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Charlie Horse Needle (right) from the approach...
The Charlie Horse Needle (right) from the approach...

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By Spencer Weiler
From: Salt Lake city
Mar 15, 2015
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.

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