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Weavers Needle in Arizona

A beautiful ascent for experienced climbers

Best time: September–May

Weavers Needle
Weavers Needle
Weavers Needle

Weavers Needle is a prominent 993-ft (303-m) rock peak in the Superstition Mountains not far from Phoenix, Arizona. It was named after Army scout Pauline Weaver. Weavers Needle is surrounded by legends. According to one of them, its shadow points to the location of the gold, and many gold-seekers have tried their luck all around the mountain.

Climbers rate Weavers Needle as a class 4 peak with a couple of pitches of class 5. It is recommended to wear protection and other climbing gear. No permit is required for Weaver's Needle climb, but it's not recommended for novices. The best time to climb the Needle is when it's not too hot—in winter, spring and fall, roughly between September and May. Spring is also a great time for spotting wildflowers along the route. There is also plenty of mesquite bush and cactus, including giant Saguaro cacti.

The loop around Weavers Needle is about 20 km (13 mi). The hike starts at the Peralta Trailhead about an hour drive from Phoenix. There are two moderately easy routes to the Weavers Needle summit. The easier to climb is the one that starts with Bluff Springs Trail, then after about two miles takes you up the Terrapin Trail. Proceed for about 0.7 miles to Bluff Saddle and 200 yards after it, you should leave the trail to the left and hike to a low saddle. This spot offers an excellent view of Weavers Needle. After some bouldering, the climb begins with a few challenging pitches. After climbing past a platform to the southwest of the summit, you will reach the final section leading to the summit. The other route is via Fremont Saddle, so you could do a clockwise loop. At the start of the hike, take the Peralta Canyon Trail.

Most climbers conquer the Needle in a day, starting and ending at the Peralta Trailhead. It is a 10-12 hour day and is doable. But this adventure can also be an overnighter with setting a tent at Pinon Camp, which is about 3.5 miles from the trailhead if you take the Fremont Saddle route. Some adventurers also set their tents on top of the Weavers Needle Summit, but space is rather limited.

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What is Weavers Needle and where is it located?

Located in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona, Weavers Needle is a peak named after Army scout Pauline Weaver. Reaching 993-ft (303-m), it offers a beautiful climb for experienced climbers with breathtaking views. The starting point for climbing this peak is the Peralta Trailhead, which is about an hour's drive from Phoenix. Show more

What is the best time to climb Weavers Needle?

The recommended time to climb Weavers Needle is between September and May, during the winter, spring, or fall. Summer months are not ideal as it tends to be too hot. Climbers can see different wildflower species, mesquite bush, and giant Saguaro cacti along the route during spring. Show more

What is the difficulty level of climbing Weavers Needle?

To climb Weavers Needle, climbers should be experienced, as the peak is rated as a class 4, with a couple of pitches of class 5. Climbing gear and protection are advised. Climbers should expect a challenging ascent with significant bouldering and some challenging pitches. However, the stunning views from the summit make it worth the effort. Show more

What are the two popular routes to Weavers Needle summit?

Climbers can choose between two popular routes when aiming for Weavers Needle summit. The easier route is via Bluff Springs Trail and Terrapin Trail, while the more challenging one is via Fremont Saddle Trail. Climbers should select their route based on their preference and ability. Show more

Is it possible to do Weavers Needle climb in a day?

Most climbers take 10-12 hours to ascend and descend Weavers Needle in a day. Peralta Trailhead is the starting and ending point for the climb. Experienced climbers can finish it in a day, but they should start early. An overnight trip is also possible, with camping at Pinon Camp, about 3.5 miles from the trailhead if you choose the Fremont Saddle route. Show more

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