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."
--Allen Riedel, 100 Classic Hikes in Southern California (The Mountaineers Books).
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