Weaver's Needle Loop Trail

HARD 35 reviews
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Weaver's Needle Loop Trail is a 13.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Gold Canyon, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from October until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
13.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3330 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

road biking

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

over grown

rocky

scramble

hiking
9 days ago

1 month ago

Beautiful rock formation. Wild Flowers everywhere.
Humming birds.
Use hiking boots. Not tennis shoes
Lots of Water. And snacks.
This is an all day trail.
Be careful.

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2 months ago

2 months ago

5 months ago

It's a long trail. Make sure you bring lots of water and snacks. It was 95 degrees and sunny

5 months ago

Had great time hiking this trail. Stunning views.

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7 months ago

Great trail! Mid-80s when I went (March). Took me 2 hours and 10 minutes only stopping for scenery pics. My phone calculated around 4.6 miles total. So, give or take if you wander around a bit, it's about that length. The BEST part was that the water basin was full and a tiny water stream was running into it!!! It's not always full of water, so it was a real treat! This also meant that the stream was running. So fun to see water on a hot day in AZ. Parking was no problem at all. Plenty (and free!). Just have patience with the gravely dusty road leading up to the trail head. Takes a while to drive it...but you're on the right path!

7 months ago

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8 months ago

Not difficult.
Must use thick hiking boots. Steal toed boots.
Lots of water.

hiking
8 months ago

8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

It's more of a 15 mile hike, maybe longer! We ran out of water the last 2 miles. Yikes! Lots of loose rocks and overgrown vegetation covering some of the trail. A bit hard on the knees, too, constantly up and down over huge boulders and slippery gravel. Didn't see any flowers or wildlife, but it's probably the season.
Because of all the rain, about 70% of the trail was covered in water, in some areas the trail became the streams from the mountains.. be careful where you step if you don't have waterproof shoes. We had a few close calls.
We hiked up the Peralta Trailhead #102 side first and came back around through Dutchman #234. I wish there were more mile markers or signs, it seemed like we had wandered off trail a few times... We were at a slow speed just enjoying the scenery and didn't realize how LONG this would take, I had to take lots of short breaks due to my knees haha. We are intermediate level hikers, havasupai and the grand canyon.
Overall, it was a BEAUTIFUL hike. Great 360 view of Weaver's Needle, Black Top Mesa in the back. Cloudy day, breezy, we just needed a light jacket. The desert is so gorgeous with the hundreds of small seasonal 'waterfalls' and rivers.
Would definitely hike again under better prepared circumstances. Would not recommend hiking on a sunny day. Would not recommend dogs. Maybe for Peralta, but definitely not the entire loop.

9 months ago

hiking
Sunday, August 21, 2016

hiking
Monday, May 09, 2016

Beware!!! This was a beautiful trail but it is NOT 13.1 miles. We clocked in about 18 miles. Since we did not expect this extra distance we ended up scrambling in the dark to finish. It was a terrible end to what could have been a great hike.

We went clockwise. The west side of the loop was very beautiful and a good consistent incline. The top of the loop and east side of the trail did not have good trail markers and was very hilly up and down the whole way back.

Broken record but bring extra water and food.

I have had is distance calculation problem on a few trails on this app and it is a very dangerous problem.