The Needles Trail

Giant Sequoia National Monument, California

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The Needles Trail is a hiking trail in Tulare County, California. It is within Giant Sequoia National Monument. It is two miles long and begins at 7,771 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,746 feet. Near the trailhead there are parking and a wetland. The trail ends near The Needles (elevation 8,202 feet). There is also a horse hitching rail near the end of the trail.
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The Needles Trail is a hiking trail in Tulare County, California. It is within Giant Sequoia National Monument. It is two miles long and begins at 7,771 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,746 feet. Near the trailhead there are parking and a wetland. The trail ends near The Needles (elevation 8,202 feet). There is also a horse hitching rail near the end of the trail. This trail connects with the following: Forest Route 21s05.
Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Giant Sequoia National Monument
Distance: 2.0
Elevation Gain: 1,746 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 7,771 feet
Top Elevation: 8,173 feet
Parks: Giant Sequoia National Monument
Elevation Min/Max: 7767/8173 ft
Elevation Start/End: 7771/7771 ft

The Needles Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The Needles are a stunning rock formation favored by technical rock climbers. Various routes ascend the series of granite monoliths, and climbers on belay can be spotted on any given day. Hikers and mountain bikers can also enjoy The Needles via a well-graded trail and steep sets of connecting stairs that lead to a lookout tower perched on top of the tallest spire. The lookout itself, still operational, is on the National Historic Lookout Register. It is truly an engineering marvel: seeming to spring straight out of the rock, it appears precariously stationed above the void. Walking around the tower’s catwalk is an experience unto itself. The rock drops away hundreds of feet on all sides, and only the boards beneath your feet shield you from the omnipresent pull of gravity."

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