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Organ Needle

This is a Celebration of Our Mountains event.

There are all sorts of comments about the Needle hike: like, "hike of a life time, you only do it once," "I'll never go back there again!" etc, etc... The most humorous comment might be the one in the sign-in book on the top that says, "now I am here, how the heck am I suppose to get down!" The uniqueness of that humor is, if a hiker hadn't been there, they don't get that taste.

Yes, it's extremely strenuous a hike. The round trip is 8 miles, with close to 4,000' of elevation gain. It takes about 9 hours to do this hike.

The second half of the trail is especially steep and on loose ground. Every step of it demands full body response and mental focus. It is not only a physical challenge, it's also a spiritual/mental/psychological strain. At the very last stage of the ascending, there's a spot of class 4 climbing that is quite intimidating.

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  • Yubao

    7 brave hikers took on this adventure, and all did amazingly well. On the way down, we were so adventurous that we took a rarely traveled explorative route. It took us 11 hours and half to get it done. It just keeps reminding me how hard a hike this is.

    1 · October 6, 2014

    • Sasha

      Amazing day!!! Loved it... Thank you, Yubao for taking us on this adventure! Had to bend down for some mail I dropped this morning... Ouch :)

      1 · October 6, 2014

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    A former member

    Water Fall video:
    http://tinyurl.com/jwz2jyv

    Organ NeedleSummit Video:
    http://tinyurl.com/lsr34y6

    2 · October 6, 2014

  • Pauline M.

    Long hike. We made good time going ...going back was a challenge for me.. I pulled out several stickers as I found then in bed. Thorniest hike?

    2 · October 6, 2014

  • Tony C.

    Very difficult hike, very well led by Yubao.

    2 · October 5, 2014

  • Tony C.

    Very difficult hike, very well led by Yubao.

    October 5, 2014

  • mehrnoosh

    I was so looking forward to this but I have to withdraw. I went to rabbit ear massif and I was two hrs slower than the group.
    I will try this on my own sometime.

    October 4, 2014

    • Yubao

      Please don't try it alone, it's definitely not safe, especially you haven't been there before. There will be more chances in the future to go along with the group.

      1 · October 4, 2014

    • mehrnoosh

      Ok will do

      October 4, 2014

  • mehrnoosh

    I am training right now so hoefully I will be ok but does this require technical climbing skills with ropes etc?

    August 17, 2014

    • Yubao

      Yes. It's the very last. It's a wonderful hike with or without that bit of climbing .

      August 17, 2014

    • mehrnoosh

      Ok I will be there.
      I have never climbed before, but will try to get some experience before then.

      August 18, 2014

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