Having made good time climbing The Sentinels in the morning, we were keen to check out another spot on the way back home. The Needles were a good fit as it’s a quick scoot straight up, with some great views- so we stopped by the road at the Humboldt Divide and made our way up through the bush. The well-cleared track passed through patches of thick bush before climbing steeply through open terrain. The large rock formations on the way up were impressive and provided a good vantage for checking out the surrounding peaks. Unfortunately the cloud was thick on the southern side, and we had no view whatsoever of Mueller, Anne and friends. The track levels off slightly before one last climb to the summit, home to a very large cairn, and was reached 40 minutes after leaving the carpark. A great short walk with some impressive scenery.
All up 2.6kms in 1 hour and 18 minutes with 386m ascent.
Getting there: The track starts 16.5kms past Maydena on the Gordon River Road at the top of the Humboldt Divide. There is a decent carpark and a sign that says it is the highest point on the Gordon River Road and states the average annual rainfall. A small cairn on the opposite side of the road indicates the start of the track.