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Juniper Saddle, or Organ Needle

This is a pick-your-own-poison hike. You either choose to join the part of the group that turns around at Juniper Saddle, or, once you conquered Juniper Saddle, you feel like that there's still a lot left in your tank, figuratively speaking, you can venture on and join the other part of the group, and go on and conquer the Needle.

Turning around at Juniper Saddle is about 6 miles round trip, with approximately 2500' elevation gain.

With steep climbing, Juniper Saddle hike itself should be rated somewhere from medium to difficult.

If you ever ponder about climbing the Needle, and being daunted by the massiveness of the hike, climbing Juniper Saddle could help you self evaluate your physical prowess.

The Needle will only add another mile of distance beyond Juniper Saddle, so the round trip will be totaled 8 miles. But, within that one mile distance, the elevation gain is way over 1000', and that steepness makes a huge difference. And then there's that one spot of class 4 climbing.

Juniper Saddle will take about 5-7 hours, while the Needle takes about 7-9 hours.

Meet us at Milagro Coffee at 7:30am for carpool or at La Cueva picnic area parking lot at 8:00am.

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  • Pauline M.

    Wow what ca I say...it was great. The views were astounding. I am a slow climber and Yubao was a great organizer He made sure al everyone was ok. A group of 3 young professionals joined up somewhere along the way. Hopefully they will join this group! I almost made it to the summit. Could not quite figure out how the climb the last bit. Photo later.

    October 28, 2013

  • Mike H.

    Anyone know if there is there an alternative trail off one of the jeep paths that goes to Fillmore Canyon but bypasses La Cueva and the restricted "Day Use Area?"

    October 26, 2013

    • Samat

      Yes; there's an alternate trailhead on Baylor Canyon Road that will bypass Dripping Springs Day Use Area completely (i.e. you can get in before they open, stay after they close, and bring your dog). But it's an additional 2.5 mi (5 mi both ways) and requires you to go over (and back down) a huge hill, wasting a lot of time and energy. Map: http://osm.org/go/TnQ...­=

      October 26, 2013

    • Mike H.

      Thanks, Samat. The needle is probably not dog-climbable anyways, but Fillmore Canyon definitely is. I'll reluctantly take a pass on this one since I'm hoping to head up to ummmm... "near" Sierra Blanca tomorrow and the weather window is getting narrower (SB had snow, graupel, or rime ice on it this morning...something white and slippery anyways).

      October 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I am going to have to bow out of this one. Have it is a great view.

    October 26, 2013

  • steven

    no dogs permitted in dripping springs

    October 25, 2013

  • steven

    no,it's in dripping springs but hike on Saturday you can.

    October 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hmmm, so I am not able to bring my two doggies????

    October 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I want to do the Needles, anyone else?

    October 23, 2013

    • Samat

      Organ NEEDLE, not Needles! The Needles are a different set of peaks (most of which require technical climbing equipment) further north of Organ Needle.

      October 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Oh, my miss take. Well It will still be fun.

      October 23, 2013

  • steven

    the first parking location on the left in dripping springs

    1 · October 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Where is the La Cueva picnic area parking?

    October 23, 2013

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