Elevation: 8,300 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published January 2020
Peak 8300 is located south of Needles Summit and southwest of Square Top. It is a round-shaped peak with lots of exposed granite. USGS Blackmare
From Kennally Creek Campground, follow FST-101 to Needles Summit [(B)(5)(b) on Page 136]. John Platt reports: “Trails are in great shape. You must navigate several trail junctions. Fairly shady but also buggy. There are a few downed trees here and there, but you can make good progress all the way to Needles Summit.”
The name “Needles Summit” actually refers to 2 passes that are below Peak 8449 and above the Gold Fork drainage. Follow the trail to the first (westernmost) pass.
North Ridge, Class 4
Climb the Class 2 North Ridge to the granite-encrusted summit area where there are several potential high points. Use the link below to read John Platt’s trip report.