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Feb 07 2018
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Rovey's NeedleNorthwest, AZ
Northwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 07 2018
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Hiking4.85 Miles 773 AEG
Hiking4.85 Miles   4 Hrs   8 Mns   1.23 mph
773 ft AEG      12 Mns Break
 
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This is a fun hike, worth doing a description for. I went with a small group which included two good hikers besides myself, plus two people who could barely function on rough ground. So, it went very slowly because these women had to negotiate a number of small dry waterfalls, etc. Plus, we got slightly lost, and had to backtrack a short distance to go up the right wash. There is a cairn, and you have to watch for it. You make a right turn at a junction of washes. I got rid of a bunch of useless cairns that don't mark the turnoff. Undoubtedly someone will come along and put them up again.

The destination, a small butte called Rovey's Needle, seems to be a hunk of sandstone (in a volcanic desert?) if I am not mistaken. The weird rock formations there are really cool. The "needle" itself is a hole all the way through the butte that you can easily climb through. There are big ledges suitable for camping in on both sides of the eye of the needle. However, the area is also reachable via rock crawler Jeeps or ATVs, so it is not exactly pristine.

This is almost the northern and western extreme of saguaro habitat, although there is a good bunch of them on the west side of the Hualapais, further north. It was fun seeing the "nurse tree" taking care of the baby saguaros. We don't see that around here too much.

On the way back to the two cars, we redivided the group, a couple of us went on ahead, so that I could get to work on time. Otherwise it was going to be a very long slog, waiting for the others. We were out of there in 40 minutes, whereas it had taken well over 2 hours to get there.
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average hiking speed 1.23 mph

WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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