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Organ Needle, if you don't stop at Juniper Saddle

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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  • A former member
    A former member

    Can you repeat this next sun 23 or sat 1 march...? Hehehehe... :(

    February 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Perhaps this Spring I will hike this from the free 4x4 road, and at a reasonable starting time, as well.

    February 10, 2014

    • Ryan C.

      Jim, I want to do Littlesquare Top, are you interested in joining me? Let's coordinate.

      February 15, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I am interested in that one. Something over there that is not Organ Needle, for a change. I also like the South Rabbit Ear, and Rabbit Ear Plateau. I'm surprised it got so warm so early, but Little Square Top would be nice on a warm day, desert above 80. Maybe in March?

      February 17, 2014

  • Karen G.

    This was a challenging hike! Great views and a wonderful group of hikers!

    February 17, 2014

  • Karen G.

    Yubao, see you at the trailhead this a.m.

    February 16, 2014

  • Timmy

    can't get my Achilles to loosen up so I doubt I will be hiking today...

    February 16, 2014

  • Andy S.

    See you all at La Cueva

    February 16, 2014

  • Samat

    I'm trashed after Saturday's hike and didn't have time to get the rope. I'll be turning around at Juniper Saddle as well.

    February 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    My wife and I are planning on going just to the saddle.

    February 15, 2014

  • Deandra

    Have my eye on Juniper as well but we'll see :)

    February 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm so sorry to miss this! But I'm still in Tampa ... :(

    1 · February 14, 2014

  • steven

    only to the saddle

    February 14, 2014

  • Pauline M.

    Is any one going only to the saddle? Not quite up to doing the Needle, but want to get to the saddle. Well shouldn't say just to the saddle.

    February 14, 2014

  • Timmy

    If my foot heals in time I'll be there

    February 10, 2014

  • Samat

    Can we bring the rope?

    January 27, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      which climbing level? I, II, II or IV?

      January 27, 2014

    • Yubao

      IV. More like a bit of scrambling. And @Samat: along with rope, a couple carabiners are essential. That is, if we want to use the rope.

      January 28, 2014

  • Yubao

    It could be pretty chilly on the top, please dress warm. And also, there's a park entrance fee of $5 per vehicle. Please have exchanges ready (unless you want to donate to the State Parks with more). And of course, annual pass of the park, national park or federal land pass are accepted.

    January 27, 2014

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