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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-25-2017, 03:38 PM Thread Starter
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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.

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Nice! Does the snow begin before or after the lake?
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Nice! Does the snow begin before or after the lake?
If you're talking about the 'lake' in my picture, the answer is both. The snow starts roughly 20ish minutes into the hike, and is more sparse at first, but you will spend a decent chunk of time hiking on a compact, sorta slippery snow trail. The part where you're walking mostly flat along those giant, long slabs of rock is fairly bare. Then past that, all snow up to to intersection between Needle/Flatiron. Thankfully, the ridge and scramble section is completely bare.
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Awesome! I want to take my wife up there in the next couple of weeks. We have never been there before. Any pointers?
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Awesome! I want to take my wife up there in the next couple of weeks. We have never been there before. Any pointers?
Just be prepared for a steep start haha. Definitely gets the legs burning. But the views are worth it.

My only real advice is just be prepared for the scramble. It's not really that technical (Class 2 maybe), but involves a bit of interpretation unless someone puts up some markers. Plus you're quite exposed on the right side at the start of the scramble. I'm not an expert at these things by any means, but that's just my interpretation.

If you guys are up for that, you'll have a great time
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Thanks very much for posting this.
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There was no snow to the summit today.
Flatiron still had a cornice or at least strip of snow along Ridge.
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