Needle Peak, California

Prominence: 331 ft, 101 m

Elevation: 8971 feet, 2734 meters

True Isolation: 0.74 mi, 1.2 km
Elevation Info:NAVD88 Elevation: 8975 ft / 2735 m
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)39° 12' 2'' N, 120° 18' 4'' W
39.200557, -120.301041 (Dec Deg)
733064 E 4342504 N, Zone 10 (UTM)
CountryUnited States
County/Second Level RegionPlacer

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     Tahoe-Ogul Peaks List (Rank #42)
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Ascent Info

Total ascents/attempts logged by registered users: 92
     Show all viewable ascents/attempts (Total: 86)

Selected Trip Reports:
     1987-09-20 by JohnE Sarna
     2004-03-14 by Bob Burd
     2009-07-20 by John Fedak
     2009-08-22 by Brad Boester
     2013-10-12 by Marcus Sierra
     2015-10-03 by Craig Barlow
     2016-06-26 by Alex Ramos (GPS Track)
     2016-08-20 by Dean Gaudet
     2018-06-30 by Kayla Brown
     2018-07-01 by Bo Meng (GPS Track)
     2020-07-11 by Briana Jaskot
     2020-07-11 by Michael Jaskot
     2020-10-06 by Michael Toffey (GPS Track)
     2021-07-11 by Brett Marciasini
     2021-10-02 by Chad Thomas (GPS Track)
     2021-10-02 by Philip Frost (GPS Track)
     2022-07-29 by Maxton Caplanides
     2022-09-23 by Dylan Kilby (GPS Track)
     2022-09-23 by Boom Shakalaka

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Eastern aspect of Needle Peak as seen on way from Granite Chief (2015-07-16). Photo by Joseph Del Grosso.
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ProminenceKey Col Page  (Detailed prominence information)
  Clean Prominence: 331 ft/101 m
  Optimistic Prominence: 371 ft/113 m
  Key Col: 8640 ft/2633 m
IsolationIsolation Page  (Detailed isolation information)
   Distance: 0.74 mi/1.2 km
   Isolation Limit Point: 39.1983, -120.2875
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    Granite Chief  (ESE)
RangesContinent: North America
Range2: Pacific Ranges
Range3: Sierra Nevada
Range4: Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra Nevada
Range5: Granite Chief-Northwest Tahoe Area
Drainage BasinsSacramento
San Francisco Bay
Pacific-Western USA
Pacific Ocean
OwnershipLand: Tahoe National Forest
Wilderness/Special Area: Granite Chief Wilderness Area
Topo MapGranite Chief O39120b3 1:24,000
Data Source1:25,000 (or larger) Topographic Survey Map
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Other Photos

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Needle Peak waypoint (2016-06-26). Photo by Alex Ramos.
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The route I used for getting up Needle Peak's summit block. This is a light Class 3. There are other Class 3 ways right nearby, but this one made the most sense for me. Look around the southwest side of the summit block, almost like you're passing by Needle Peak toward Lyon (2022-09-23). Photo by Dylan Kilby.
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