We will take the route we went up there the last few times. After some clippings at different times by different blessed souls, the route is easier. It's also because in winter, the leaves are fallen, and grass withered.
The first 3 miles are on trail, followed by about 2 miles of off trail ridge walking and steep climbing.
Hikers who did both the Needle and the Peak argued that the view from the Peak is better than that of the Needle. I will leave it to you to be the judge of that. However, technically, the Peak, though longer, is easier than the Needle, simply because the latter has the daunting sheer rock slab climbing at the very end of it while the former does not. A little bit less adrenaline rush may be compensated by a bit more calorie burning though.
However, to do this hike, we need good knees, strong legs, and brave hearts.
Distance: About 10 miles.
Duration: 8-10 hours.
Elevation gain: About 4000'.
Difficult level: Extremely difficult; not beginner friendly; if you haven't had much of HARD HIKING RECENTLY, think AGAIN about this hike.
Pet friendly: NO.
Meet at Milagro Coffee at 7:00am or 7:20am at La Cueva Picnic Area Parking Lot at Dripping Spring State Park.