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Weavers Needle Upper Loop, AZ
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Weavers Needle Upper Loop, AZ 
Weavers Needle Upper Loop, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 13 2019
Hiking10.15 Miles 2,760 AEG
Hiking10.15 Miles
2,760 ft AEG
1st trip
This started out as a Weavers Crosscut Loop, but ended up being a little more. I started out from Peralta Trailhead pre-dawn and made my way to the Lone Pine overlook. Not much of a sunrise because of the low clouds.

From there, I went back to the Fremont Saddle and started down Peralta. I had a Weaver's Crosscut GPS track loaded and I found the trail and cairns and started up. I did not give it much thought, but I seemed to be going up and not over. I finally checked the track and noticed I was way off trail. I realized then I was on the Weaver's Approach Trail, so I decided to keep going. I have always wanted to head up the base of the Needle and now was the time.

I saw some movement above and then 2 bighorn ewes moved across the slope. I got some video as they ran away from me. It was probably all of the huffing and puffing I was doing on this steep trail that startled them. Here's a link to the video: [ youtube video ]

I followed the trail up to the cliff section and took in the views. The awesome feeling I had being up there was hard to describe. I have never climbed this peak or been this close to it. I was a happy hiker! From the west approach, I moved along the cliff line to the south and made my way over to the east approach. That was amazing too. After a little break, I looked for my best path down. I noticed a nice drainage near the southside of the peak and started down. There were signs of other hikers being in there before. A foot print here and there, an occasional cairn. I just kept going down with the plan of connecting to the Crosscut Trail. I eventually did just that. The views of the Needle from that trail are pretty nice. I still have a big smile on my face from the experience.

From the Crosscut, I made it to the Terrapin and then Bluff Springs Trail. I saw a few hikers out on Bluff Springs, but not as many as I would have expected, seeing as the weather was perfect all day.

This hike really turned into an excellent day for me. Going to the Needle, seeing some bighorn sheep up there....days like these is why I love hiking so much in the Superstitions.
“Wilderness is not a luxury but necessity of the human spirit.” –Edward Abbey

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