6-12 pitches depending on how you do it. Follow the trail from the fork where the lookout tower comes into view, about 30 minutes to the obvious corner on the near side. Get going. Yes, that slab move is only 5.8-. Rock your heel up and step lively cause you've got another ~500' of sparsely protected, easy slab above you. If you feel up to it, you may want to simulclimb the top 5 pitches. (you probably won't want to simul the last pitch, it's steep and unusually formed) Top out on the lookout porch.
Great Sunday afternoon climb. Top out by 6pm and you may get cookies from Margie (Kelly, the ranger who lives there Wednesday-Sunday in the summer).
Please use the new bolted rap route (2 raps with one 60) if topping out after 6pm, or on Mon/Tues. Details and pics of the rap route at: http://www.safeclimbing.org/areas/california/needles.htm
Submitted by: boltdude on 2003-06-28
Last Modified: 2010-09-20
Route ID: 16027