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Weaver's Needle Crosscut, AZ
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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance One Way 1 mile
Trailhead Elevation 3,400 feet
Elevation Gain 213 feet
Accumulated Gain 343 feet
Avg Time One Way 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 2.14
Interest Off Trail Hiking
Author Fritzski
Descriptions 43
Routes 0
Photos 597
Trips 59 map ( 132 miles )
Age 64
Location Gilbert, AZ
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29  2017-01-14
Bluff Spring Mountain Summit
rayhuston
9  2016-11-24 hikerdw
5  2016-09-10 wallyfrack
12  2015-06-06
Weaver's Needle Summit
friendofThunderg
13  2015-01-15
Weavers Needle Summit up and over
JuanJaimeiii
15  2015-01-01 chumley
25  2015-01-01 friendofThunderg
15  2015-01-01 AZOutdoorsman
7  2014-07-04
Weaver's Needle Summit - East c4 Route
joebartels
8  2014-07-04
Weaver's Needle Summit - East c4 Route
wallyfrack
14  2014-07-04
Weaver's Needle Summit
friendofThunderg
9  2014-07-04
Weaver's Needle Summit - East c4 Route
BobP
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Map - Beartooth Superstition Wilderness
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Wilderness Superstition
Backpack   Yes & Connecting
Preferred   Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec → Early
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  6:34am - 5:46pm
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Water
Nearby Area Water
Terrapin Trail #234
0.7 mi away
3.0 mi
790 ft
Cave Trail #233
1.8 mi away
1.9 mi
1,030 ft
Barks Canyon - Complete Route
2.2 mi away
6.0 mi
2,500 ft
Barks Lower Canyon Loop
2.2 mi away
4.0 mi
900 ft
Barks Upper Canyon Loop
2.2 mi away
1.1 mi
885 ft
Bluff Spring Loop & Weaver's View
2.2 mi away
10.8 mi
2,138 ft
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by Fritzski

Note: No trail actually exist, route finding is necessary.

As you descend from Bluff Saddle going north on the Terrapin Trail you will quickly cross a small grassy wash with two or more rock cairns stacked on either side of the trail and both on top of small boulders. There is a fairly noticeable "use" trail here that is easy to follow up and to the left of the "solid rectangular boulder pile" on the ridge ahead. The path marked fairly well with cairns. Basically you are heading due west, on a line just south of the Needle.

You will come to the top of the ridge with an orange metal fence post overlooking the beautiful and serene Needle Canyon running N-S on the east side of the Needle. Look west to the horizon just south of the Needle and you will see the obvious gap or ravine in the ridge that will allow you to continue west bound. This is your target, it will always remain in sight, but getting there is a bit of a maze through the bushy trees on the sandy and flat valley floor. There are several "use" trails to choose from, of which a couple proceed more to the right for climber's access up to the Needle.

Once at the ravine, there is enough of a trail to follow despite the thick vegetation closing in at times (long pants recommended if temp allows - I didn't :(

When you top the ravine, you are now basically heading down into East Boulder Canyon. Now you are looking for the "slab of rock" passageway on the left. Bypass the true hole in the wall you'll see up and on your left as you go down (it doesn't work - I tried it). What you are looking for is a little further down and is actually "V" gap in the wall at the bottom of a smooth rock slope with a "door" size slab of rock laying against the left side of it. On top of the slab you'll notice some small stacked stones.

After you climb through this gap you'll be able to spot Peralta Trail easily. Although the descent through the rocks looks fairly daunting it is actually not bad and goes pretty easy. Once you're out on Peralta, take a look back and you'll see why it is not recommended to go in the other direction. I didn't have a clue as to where I had just emerged from that chaotic mess of boulders!
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    See Bluff Spring Loop & Weaver's View this trail can be used to cross over to the Peralta Trail.
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