Weaver's Needle Base

HARD 4 reviews
#52 of 64 trails in

Weaver's Needle Base [CLOSED] is a 8.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Gold Canyon, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from November until April.

Distance: 8.4 miles Elevation Gain: 2,644 feet Route Type: Loop

backpacking

hiking

nature trips

running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

off trail

no shade

hiking
off trail
over grown
rocky
5 months ago

It is amazing to reach the vertical rock face at the base of Weaver's Needle and look up at it. The views of the surrounding area are incredible, better than the Grand Canyon. However, the route goes off trail at that point and becomes very unpleasant. Thick brush everywhere, steep grades with loose gravel, numerous dead ends, and it's impossible to avoid all the thorns. It continues like this for approximately one mile until the other trail is reached. Here's the breakdown: Mile 0-2: Peralta trail. Moderate, steady incline, rocky. A lot of green, abundant shade, numerous blooming flowers right now. Mile 2-3.8: Easy descent into the canyon surrounding Weaver's Needle. Mile 3.8-4.4: Moderate ascent to the base of the Needle. Fun, beautiful views, many opportunities for pics. Mile 4.4-5.5: Rough. See above. Mile 5-8: Easy to moderate descent back to the trailhead along well-maintained trails. Overall, beautiful and fun, except the off-trail portion. I'm still trying to remove all the thorns from my boots.

5 months ago

hiking
Saturday, November 11, 2017

backpacking
Friday, January 27, 2017

Featured Trails