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Weavers Needle Loop

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Circumnavigate Weaver Needle with great views all the way.


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12.7

Miles

20.4

KM

Loop

3,738' 1,139 m

High

2,435' 742 m

Low

2,643' 806 m

Up

2,637' 804 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

52%

Max Grade (28°)

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Features Views · Wildflowers

Overview

This hike features great desert scenery in the historic Superstition Wilderness. Hikers will circumnavigate Weaver Needle on this 13-mile loop. The loop offers amazing views of Weaver Needle. In spring, the trail has an abundance of wildflowers blooming; this is probably the best time of year to hike this loop.

Need to Know

Bring more water than you think you need and start early!

Description

This is a difficult hike! Plan on a lot of time and an early start. I did this hike in a clockwise direction which really doesn't matter much, but I recommend this direction to get the steepest part of the hike done first. Most people just do an out-and-back hike to Freemont Saddle to view Weavers Needle. This is the first section and very steep. If you are doing the loop, plan on a 7 a.m. or 8 a.m. start. Much of this first section will be in the shade at this time.

From the Freemont Saddle, the trail descends to the left. I enjoyed this section as you have great views of Weavers Needle the entire way. The trail is also relatively easy to follow at this point. To continue the loop, the Peralta Canyon Trail will meet the Dutchman Trail #104. Take the Dutchman Trail to the right for one mile. This has a difficult, rocky uphill section.

After one mile on the Dutchman Trail, you'll reach a post with a sign directing you to the Terrapin Trail #234. The Terrapin Trail is a tedious section of the Weaver's Needle Loop that can feel like it drags on forever. Additionally, there is a portion of the trail where Weavers Needle isn't visible, and since the Terrapin Trail never heads in the direction of the needle, you'll want to have a good trail map to navigate the area.

Along the trail, there are several side trails that branch to the right. Taking these will lead to views of Weavers Needle. There is one side trail that is a bit deceiving as it looks like you are continuing on the Terrapin Trail. If you climb a steep saddle to a view of Weavers Needle, you likely ended up on this side trail by accident and will want to retrace your steps to pick up Terrapin Trail again. You can use the Hiking Project mobile app to make sure you stay on the right trail.

Eventually, you'll come to the Bluff Springs Trail #235 junction. From here, you are on the trail back to the trailhead, but this section is longer than you think. Much longer. Every time you crest a hill, you'll think you'll see the parking area, but you'll still have another hill to go. This was a bit defeating, but keep hiking and you'll eventually end up back at the trailhead parking lot.

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John Maurizi

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  4.8 from 25 votes

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Photos

Along the Peralta Canyon Trail, you'll have a spectacular view of the mountains behind you as you're on your way to Weaver's Needle.
Apr 19, 2017 near Gold Camp, AZ
Peralta Canyon Trail.
Oct 12, 2016 near Gold Camp, AZ
Weaver's Needle stands prominently in the distance.
Feb 17, 2017 near Apache…, AZ
Weavers Needle is a stunning feat of geology.
Apr 26, 2017 near Apache…, AZ
Sunset on Weavers Needle from Fremont Saddle.
Feb 28, 2021 near Apache…, AZ
Canyon views along the Bluff Springs Trail.
Feb 28, 2021 near Gold Camp, AZ

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Check-Ins

Dec 12, 2021
Hannah R
Amazing. Scramble and stunningly beautiful
Feb 27, 2021
Ryan W
Feb 6, 2021
Charles Paige
12.5mi — 4h 30m
Mar 28, 2020
Holly Hobbit
challenging hike, plenty of water right now, filter first, several nice campsites along the route. beautiful views. trailhead currently closed d…
Mar 15, 2020
Kyle Wong
12.7mi — 6h 13m
Mar 8, 2020
Sam Malamis
14.2mi — 7h 57m
Feb 17, 2020
Evan Griffiths
did the loop clockwise, very crowded going up to the saddle but not much traffic from there. great loop, 13mi — 4h 30m
Feb 2, 2020
Lance Eveland
Just your average up and down in the Supers! Nothing patience and taking your time won't conquer. Epic Hike! I don't pick favs, but this is it! 13mi — 8h 00m