A buddy and myself went out to Needle Peak on Saturday. I didn't think I'd be doing this hike until mid-July due to the crazy winter, so pretty stoked that we bagged it in late June. It was a gorgeous day, warm with clear blue skies.
The trail is bare/muddy to begin with, but you soon hit the snow. It's compact and there's lots of footprints, so no need for snowshoes/microspikes.
I was worried that the ridge and scrambling sections would have snow, but it's completely bare. No markers anymore, though, and the first scramble isn't really that obvious IMO. We went up towards the right side, following vague sorts of paths. This was my second time doing this hike, and I ended up going up a different way than the first time. On the way down, I prefer going down the other side (left if you're facing the ridge/peak).
Saw one of those funky mountain-chicken dudes hanging around, plus some sort of tiny rabbit up there. We were the first ones up there, which is always nice. On the way down we passed probably close to 25 people heading up. Awesome hike, and very scenic at the moment with lots of snow contrasting the granite faces on some of those mountains like Yak. Highly recommended.