Needle Canyon Hike

Gold Canyon, Arizona 85218

Needle Canyon Hike

Needle Canyon Hike Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This day hike loops around all sides of the most famous Superstition Wilderness landmark, Weavers Needle. The trail through Needle Canyon takes you beneath the towering cliffs of the east face of Weavers Needle. Upper East Boulder Canyon, Fremont Pass, and Peralta Canyon have the finest display of volcanic rhyolite towers in the Superstition Mountains.

From the trailhead, start out on the Bluff Spring Trail and follow the well-graded trail across Barks Canyon. The trail climbs 1.4 miles north up a tributary of Barks Canyon to meet the Terrapin Trail; turn left here. A gradual climb to the
northwest leads to Bluff Saddle. The triple summits of Weavers Needle dominate the view to the northwest, and the cliffs of Bluff Spring Mountain tower above you on the east."

Needle Canyon Hike Trip Reports

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3/14/2010
One of the best trails in the superstitions. If you head out on the weekend, the peralta trail will be busy but you'll leave everyone behind at the Fremont Saddle. I'd say the whole loop is moderate. The length is tiring but not too much elevation change after the saddle. I hiked the trail on weekday in the summer. It was really hot but there wasn't a soul in the canyon.
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2/12/2007
The hike is one of the great hikes of the Southwest. About 2.3 miles from the trailhead until you turn a corner and see a spectualar view of Weaver's Needle. Minimum hiking time for a fit person is about 90 minutes out and about 45 minutes back but taking 90 minutes on the way back is well worth the time.

The trail guide is accurate, but it leaves out some key items. First, the turn off from Hwy 60 is a small sign on the right for a left turn and it just has the road name on it. After the small section of residential pavement, there is 7 miles of moderately good dirt road;it appears to be a form of crowd control. Mostly, the guide really does not address the primary hike to Weaver's Needle and does not show Freemark Saddle on the trail map.
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5/5/2006
Very scenic trail, and the view from the top to Miners Needle is awesome. Trail is best done in the morning, as it tends to get quite hot in the Canyon later on in the day. This is not a route for children, since it gets quite rocky and steep. Also, best to avoid on weekends, as it is a very popular route.
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4/3/2006
Excellent hike but agree with previous reviewer, it is probably harder than moderate. Also deceving is the fact that despite it being so popular it is easy to make a wrong turn at the far side of the canyon, resulting in a couple extra miles if you aren't careful. Ran this trail clockwise but may recommend the reverse since you'll then have more foot traffic at the end of your hike if things get sketchy.
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12/20/2005
One of the most beautiful views of the Superstition Mountains. I think this trail was rated as moderate, Unless you are in very good shape I would consider this trail to be difficult. It took a small group of 11 to 13 yr old boy scouts better than 9 hours including a stop for lunch. Also, It is advised to do the trail backwards from how it is described in this book, beginning with Peralta trail. I don't know if things have changed but the first part of the description is not consistent with what we found, until you get to the tarapin-spring bluff junction.
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3/11/2004
This eTrail covers a long day hike loop around Weavers Needle on the Peralta and Terrapin trails. I have only hiked the section to Fremont Saddle, but from there I could see much of the route on this hike. What an incredible place. The Peralta trailhead is crazy on weekends so try a weekday or get a very early start.
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Trail Information

Gold Canyon
Nearby City
10.6
Distance
3,300 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
7 hours
Duration
Fall through spring
Season
Superstition Wilderness, Tonto National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Goldfield and Weavers Needle
Local Maps

Trail Log