Pins and Needles Climbing Guide

The Pins and Needles climbing area is located at the south end of the Lick Creek subrange of the Salmon River Mountains northeast of Cascade, Idaho. It is an area of solid granite spires, pinnacles and walls centered around Needles Peak. The following climbing guide covers many of the technical routes. (You can click on the box in the upper right-hand corner of the window below to open the guide in a new window or use the link below the window to download the guide.)

The author reports: “It’s a pretty user-friendly area which other climbers have begun developing as well. The mileage is a little off because they straightened the road and remarked others. It’s about 5-6 miles from Gold Fork Hots Springs east on FS-498 to FS-402. Turns right onto the FS-402 access road for about 2 miles to reach FS-402C (marked with a brown marker in brush on the left side of road). Turn left. Drive to a large parking area/campsite at the end of the road. Walk up the trail from here. Access to Needles remains as is described in the book. It is the next left off FS-402. Turn left onto FS-402G, left at the “T “and look for a faint trail.”

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