Peak:  Three Needles (13er)
 Route:  East Face / South Ridge
 Range:  San Juan
 Posted By:  Clint the climber
 Date of Info:  07/18/2020
 Date Posted:  07/19/2020

The road up Porphyry basin (FS 822) is in good condition. It's steep and narrow, but any 4 wheel drive vehicle should be able to get up it. There are very few places to pass people on the last 3/4 mile of the road.

The mountain itself is almost completely dry. Only a few small snow patches remain that can be avoided. On the way up I took the east face and gained the ridge through the northernmost prominent notch. It's loose but goes easily. The route up the ridge to the summit is loose. No summit register. On the way down I took the south ridge all the way to just above the grassy slope on the southern end of the east face. This also goes but there are some cliffs that must be skirted around to the west. Stick to the ridge as much as possible and use a series of notches, ledges, and ramps to bypass the towers. Climbing up the east face to the northernmost notch is by far the more pleasant way.

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 Comments or Questions

07/19/2020 19:26
That's good to know! I was just up 821 and was wondering about 822. I think my route might have gone better from 822.

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