It’s closed cause of Covid- the gate is closed AND paper on it says closed 03/30/2020- otherwise it’s a nice hike

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over grown
rocky
12 days ago

Great hike with great views that is decently challenging! You do definitely need to be in shape to make it all the way up to the top. I would highly recommend going with someone who’s know the trail, it is very easy to go off trail and get lost. Bring at LEAST 4 L of water, if it’s going to he hot day I would say 5-6 L.

Get hike for the family!

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over grown
rocky
13 days ago

It’s a pretty decent hike. Make sure you wear pants. I had lunch at the Apache Cave. Great views and scenery.

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rocky
14 days ago

Straightforward loose trail. Definitely kid friendly.

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no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
24 days ago

I almost died!! Do your research. last 1000 meters you better have good endurance. I called for rescue but manage to dig deep and find my way in the dark after rock climbing Filmore waterfall backwards in the dark. this hike is no joke. I will come back and do it again and win cause today I almost lost

hiking
27 days ago

I have guided groups to the Organ Needle summit for 12+ years and summited over thirty times. I would definitely recommend going with someone who knows the route. It is easy to get off-trail and find yourself in a dead end canyon. As a former member of county Search and Rescue, I know that many missions involve hikers who underestimate this hike and find themselves lost, out of water and daylight and/or injured. People have died in these mountains and the Needles hike is to be taken seriously. Having said this, it is an amazing hike and worth the risk if you do your proper research and go well prepared.

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28 days ago

I started at La Cueva and went up the hill instead going back to the starting point. Bushwhacked a little on my way down from the hill towards Crawford Trail. It was a great hike.

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rocky
28 days ago

Great day hike. The spring wildflowers were still in bloom, which is always a nice change to a lot of the hikes in this area. My kids enjoyed it, but as with most places in west Texas, watch out for rattle snakes.

Very easy hike. I started at La Cueva then bushwhacked to Crawford then to Dripping Springs.

You get some great elevation on this hike, and have nice views of white sands off the top. That said, the entire hike is exposed. It was almost 100 degrees when I hiked it, and I burned through my 3L of water pretty quickly. It would have been better to do it early in the morning, when the trail would be shaded.

Closer to 7 miles. Easy hike-on a strenuous scale I would put it at about 6 out of 10. The elevation gain is gradual but 1,500+ ft makes for some good views. Campsite near the top of the pass with a bench and shade, another bench with shade about 1.5 miles from the start. Very windy at the pass. Couple of small lizards and that’s about it for wildlife.

Hiked this fairly easy trail Easter weekend. Lots of beautiful wildflowers and cacti in bloom. Great views of the surrounding mountains and valley.

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off trail
1 month ago

Great off trail hike

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closed
1 month ago

This trail is closed to all traffic right now. Aguirre Springs road is closed about 4 miles before the trailhead. I uploaded a photo of the gate. This also effects 6 other hikes that start at the same location.

I completed the trail to the "spring" as well as the "cave". Both trails I would describe as well maintained, easy paths. If you're lucky you will see wildlife such as: Deer/Rabbit/Cows on your journey. This is a trip I would highly recommend for the family that should be fun and enjoyable for all!

It’s a little more than 6.3 miles. Was more like 6.72 - 6.8 but a good challenge and nice plateau to stop for lunch.

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no shade
over grown
rocky
scramble
washed out
1 month ago

*I AM A LOCAL, AND HAVE DONE THIS TRAIL SEVERAL TIMES* I would 100% recommend finding an experienced local to do this with, PEOPLE DIE ON THIS TRAIL there is mandatory unprotected rock climbing, and MANY confusing twists and turns. Expect about 8 hours round trip if you are fit! This is a very rewarding and beautiful trial, but if you are just following the trail off of All Trails, the risk is not worth the reward. That being said, I know people will hike this without proper guidance anyways. Bring at least 4 liters of water, and stash about 2 liters at the saddle, be prepared for a 30 degree drop in temperature when you reach the top. (It’s usually pretty windy up there!) A rock climbing rope, Gri gri, and a Trad anchor wouldn’t be too excessive, and having a belay on the rock climb isn’t bad (it is about a 5.8) go in the early spring, or late fall, as temperatures in the summer get extremely hot, and make this hike much more dangerous. Long pants are necessary, as the route is overgrown and very sharp. That being said, calculate the risks carefully, hike prepared, tell some when where and when you are going, and enjoy!

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