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Organ Needle Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 9,000'
Location: 32.3455, -106.5612 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Aaron Hobson on Oct 26, 2006
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Cloud patterns over Organ Needle, February 1978.


The tallest of the Organ mts and a favorite destination for the adventurous hiker. A number of routes ascend its various flanks. The most popular way to reach the top is via the Regular route, which is moslty a hike, but has a short section of 4th class scrambling near the top, which has kept many off the summit.

The more technical routes can be found on all sides of this peak. The East side has some immense and steep walls which have only begun to be explored by climbers.

Even if you do not intend on trying one of the technical routes to the summit of Organ Needle, it is well worth your time to hike to its summit, and familiarize yourself to Organs. Indeed, the Organ Needle offers one of the few actual trails to a summit (not maintained though) and anyone considering attempting any of the peaks nearby should be familiar with this trail for use as a quick descent route.

Rock quality is highly variable. While some sections appear to be quite solid, others are extremely treacherous.

Getting There 

the Organ needle can be approached from either the east or west. It is most commonly approached from the west starting at the La Cueva picnic area and hiking up Ferguson canyon. Alternatively, one can approach from the Modoc mine rd. from the east, approach is made from Aguirre Springs recreation area. The approach is long no matter which side, taking 3-6hrs or more for your first trip. No maintained trails exist, and be prepared for some bushwhacking.

Climbing Season

Weather station 10.3 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Organ Needle

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Organ Needle:
Normal Route   3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a     Trad   
Ingraham's Gully   Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c     Trad, 1 pitch, 160'   
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Featured Route For Organ Needle
Rock Climbing Photo: Rough topo of the route, as viewed from the Retain...

Ingraham's Gully Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c  New Mexico : Organ Mountains : ... : Organ Needle
This is a variation of the Normal Route as described in Ingraham's guide to the Organ Moutains It goes up a gully on the S face of Organ Needle, and is the quickest way to reach the summit. The rock in this gully is solid, the climbing is fun, and the views/exposure are spectacular. Instead of following Ingraham's description by climbing onto the crumbly rock immediately north of Hummingbi...[more]   Browse More Classics in New Mexico

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Juniper Saddle looking to the west.
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