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West Needle Mountains Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 13,000'
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North below Snowdon.


The West Needle Mountains are a small range just South of Silverton between US Hwy 550 and the Animas Gorge. The range consists of Snowdon Peak at the North end and the four Twilight Peaks to the South.

Getting There 

Take Hwy 550 either from Silverton or Durango to Andrews Lake. From Andrews, take the Crater Lake Trail for a half mile to access the climbers trail for Snowdon. For the Twilights, continue on the Crater Lake trail for an additional 5.5 Miles to the base of North Twilight where there is good camping.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.9 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in West Needle Mountains

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for West Needle Mountains:
Naked Lady Couloir        Trad, Alpine, 1000'   Snowdon Peak
West Buttress   4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b     Trad, Alpine, 800'   Snowdon Peak
Northeast Ridge   4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b     Trad, Alpine   Snowdon Peak
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Featured Route For West Needle Mountains
Rock Climbing Photo: The route up the West Buttress. You can bypass the...

West Buttress 4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b  Colorado : Alpine Rock : ... : Snowdon Peak
The West Buttress is a great route that follows the prominent buttress directly under the summit of Snowdon. The rock is of decent quality for the San Juans, but there is still plenty of loose stuff. The route starts off as a scramble and steepens as you get higher. Most parties will want to rope a couple hundred feet from the summit or it is possible to bypass the 4th class sections climbing through the gully just to the right of the Buttress. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

Photos of West Needle Mountains Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking into the Needles and Grenadiers.
Looking into the Needles and Grenadiers.
Rock Climbing Photo: Snowdon Peak.
Snowdon Peak.
Rock Climbing Photo: Stop and go on the East Ridge of Snowdon.
Stop and go on the East Ridge of Snowdon.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Twilight Mountains.
The Twilight Mountains.

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