Ascent of Needle Peak on 1987-09-20

Climber: John E Sarna

Others in Party:I led 18 hikers on this Sierra Club Outing
17 making this peak
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, September 20, 1987
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Needle Peak
    Elevation:8971 ft / 2734 m

Ascent Trip Report

Starting from Granite Chief, encountered some Class 3 going down and generally west, some exposure. Better to stay on south slopes. Went west to saddle before Needle. Some did some class 3 along ridge, I went below cliffs and up to base of summit block. Left one hiker not wanting to do class 3 summit block and proceeded to climb, best from west side, to top, approx 40' of easy class 3
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:420 ft / 128 m
    Grade/Class:Cl 3
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:420 ft / 128 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Route:along ridge from east
    Trailhead:Granite Chief  8551 ft / 2606 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: GraniteC-N-Lyon (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Granite Chief1987-09-20
2Needle Peak1987-09-20
3Lyon Peak1987-09-20

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