Peak:  Three Needles (13er)
 Route:  East Slopes/South Ridge
 Range:  San Juan
 Posted By:  TravelingMatt
 Date of Info:  09/29/2018
 Date Posted:  09/29/2018
 Details

From Porphyry Lake, go up the right (north) gully, or the middle gully if you're counting the gully coming down from the summit. The left/south gully offers no way of getting onto the ridge. Approaching the gully, stay left (south) on larger boulders for best footing. Once in the gully the left (south) side has a fair amount of support. Turn right (north) at the ridge and stay under towers to the left (west). Do not go all the way to the obvious gap between two of the Needles, but instead look for a chute about 2/3 of the way there. Ascend this loose class 3 chute for some 15 feet, then walk up to summit on loose class 2 rock. (If combining with T10, start down to Black Bear Pass from T10 but at around 13000' tack southeast under the summit massif and stay level. A cairned trail should develop on T10's SE shoulder to take you into Porphyry Basin.)


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