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Weaver's Needle SummitPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hike & Climb avatar Aug 11 2018
BiFrost
Hike & Climb11.85 Miles 3,713 AEG
Hike & Climb11.85 Miles   8 Hrs   53 Mns   1.60 mph
3,713 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break
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1st trip
Headed into the Supes with Lee with the hope of double summit starting with Weaver's and then Bluff Mountain. Starting about 6am from Peralta we hit Bluff Spring Trail to Terrapin and eventually off trail to the base of Weaver's Needle. Lee had already climbed it a few times and knew what to expect but it was my first attempt. From the previous triplogs it sounded like using a rope was 50/50 proposition. Lee went up right away and I made a few attempts on the rock getting about 1/2 way up just below the most difficult section. Going up seemed to be ok but I was concerned about coming back down. Ultimately I decided this was not my day for a summit and could always return with the proper rope for the downclimb. I waited at the base as Lee hit summit so at least had a nice break with a view!

After Weaver's we continuted off trail down the east side and then across Terapin Trail to the Bluff approach. Went up the west ridge of Bluff Mountain to the main ridgeline and at the summit relativley easily. Lots of gnats or flying ants as others have noted so we didn't stay long. Then down the Ely Anderson trail to Bluff Springs Trail and a quick stop by Bluff Spring. Nice little rattlesnake hanging out at the spring but it didn't seem to mind our presence. Took a short break and then continued back to the trailhead. Temps were a bit warm the last few miles but we had enough water to say well hydrated. Fun hike...just need to go back and get Weaver's!
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