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.