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