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Needle Peak  British Columbia   #1122
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Cascade Range / Canadian Cascades

Height: 2095 m -> 6873 feet
Prominence?: 865 m above Coquihalla Pass
Line Parent?: Vicuna Peak (9.6 km away, at bearing 348 degrees)
Greater Parent: Guanaco Peak (10.0 km away)

Location:   49.57122,-121.12522     49:34:16, -121:07:31   10U 635547 5492647 (6 km SW of Falls Lake). (26 km W of Tulameen). NTS Mapsheet: 092.H.11   AreaCode: EM91/FB72
Needle Peak and Markhor Peak from The Flatiron
Needle Peak is a granitic summit near Coquihalla Pass on Highway 5. Generally, routes are much easier than the name suggests, as Needle is not that inaccessible. The rock is somewhat granular and crumbly in places, but the peak boasts good scrambles along the ridges, and a more technical climb or two. Some of the steeper faces and walls have yet to see ascents.

1. W ridge Class 3 scramble. Approach via hiking trail from highway up subsidiary N ridge of W ridge. Some easy scrambling on the W ridge proper leads to the summit
2. NE ridge 4th class. From highway parking area, bushwack SE to slabs of Markhor. Traverse Markhor to gain Needle's NE ridge. Follow ridge crest, beautiful sustained scrambling, to summit.
3. Southeast Buttress (1970's?) possibly Paul Starr and partner. 5.9 ish. The obvious SE buttress of Needle Peak is reported as a good technical climb with a couple of tricky sections significantly harder than the 5.7 rating assigned by the guidebooks.
4. S Face (pre-1986) Class 3. Approach as for the W ridge then cross over at its toe to the S slopes. Traverse on the S slopes of the W ridge to a point directly below the summit. Follow the obvious diagonal ramp to the col between the east shoulder and main summit. From the east shoulder, to gain the true summit one may scramble up on the right, near the NE ridge completion, or take short lines (10-15m) of 5th class difficulty further left.

Trips within 1 km
32 2018.07.30 Markhor-Needle Traverse Philip Akins
37 2016.07.31 Hiking to The Flatiron Klaus Haring
35 2006.07.27 Marhkor Needle Peak Traverse Eva Boehringer
46 2005.11.19 A Winter Retreat to Portia Peak Justin Brown
53 2005.05.28 Needle Peak East Face: The Needle and The Damage Done Drew Brayshaw
11 2001 Needle Peak Route History on- Southeast Buttress Route Drew Brayshaw
21 1900.08.01 Needle Peak - West Ridge - Standard Route Route Scott Nelson
14 null Needle - South Face Ramp Route Drew Brayshaw
14 null Needle - Northeast ("North") Ridge Route Drew Brayshaw

2004.01.01 Proof from old Mtn record field Drew Brayshaw

Subject Photos   View Thumbnails
17 Needle Peak and Markhor Peak from The Flatiron Martin Ortmayr
12 Needle Peak West Ridge in Winter Steve Sproule
11 Needle Peak in Morning Justin Brown
10 Alpenglow on Needle Peak Tyler Linn
10 Needle South/Southeast Buttress Justin Brown
9 Needle Peak - Southeast/East Buttress Drew Brayshaw
9 Needle Peak from NE showing North Ridge Route Drew Brayshaw
9 Needle Peak - Southeast Aspect Justin Brown
9 Needle Peak Simon Chesterton
7 Needle Peak from The Flatiron Steve Sproule
6 Needle Peak South Face Tyler Linn
6 Needle - North Side from Yak Drew Brayshaw
5 Needle Peak From Northeast Fred Touche
5 Needle Peak - Direct South Buttress Justin Brown
5 Needle Peak - West Ridge Fred Touche
4 Needle Peak - North Face in Winter Fred Touche

Placename Photos
13 Steinbok and Gamuza from Ibex Drew Brayshaw
13 Needle Peak - A Nice Place Justin Brown
12 Zupjok and Llama Drew Brayshaw
10 Foggy Sea of Peaks Steve Sproule
7 Coquihalla Mountain from Needle Steve Sproule
6 Anderson River Panorama (Labelled) From West Drew Brayshaw
6 Anderson River Group from Needle Peak Steve Sproule
5 Zopkios Ridge Peaks from Needle Steve Sproule
4 Needle Peak from the northwest Don Luymes
4 Needle Peak - Crux Scrambling Section of NE ridge Drew Brayshaw
4 Scrambling on Needle Drew Brayshaw
4 Needle Peak through the Clouds Stewart Douglas
3 The Flatiron and its "Missile" from Needle Peak Jared Clark
3 Alpenglow on the Thimble Drew Brayshaw
3 Powder at Last: Ski SW bowl of Needle Peak Laurent Mingo
3 Needle Peak "S" turns Mary Hearnden
3 West ridge of Needle Peak Drew Brayshaw