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Weaver’s Needle Loop Day Hike
Superstition Wilderness
November 10, 2018
by Debbie Rowray
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Trailblazers with Weaver’s Needle in the background. [photo by Dave]
front:  Li, Rebecca
back: Debbie, Ron, Michael, Terry, Dave

Weaver’s Needle Loop Trail is one of challenges, color-stark beauty and 360 degree views of the prominent volcanic form jutting from the earth.

We started off right at sunrise, watching the sun peek over the eastern part of the Superstition Mountains. The sunrise created a layered effect of bright orange reflecting on the land. The early morning breeze was cool, yet as we started climbing Bluff Spring Trail, warmth set in quickly. All hikers glanced consistently to spot the tip of the Needle above the ridges of mountains.

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Sun peeks over the eastern part of the Superstitions. [photo by Dave]
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Early morning sun on the Dacite Cliffs. [photo by Debbie]
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Early morning sun on the Dacite Cliffs. [photo by Dave]
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Is everybody ready to go? [photo by Li]
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Quiet reflections in pools of water. [photo by Dave]
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Quiet reflections in pools of water. [photos by Debbie]
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Autumn color. [photo by Dave]

The desert is very green this time of year from the rains, with saguaros plump, surrounded by various wildflowers and hues of happy sonoron plants.

As we adventured along the Terrapin Trail, there were many vistas to sight the layered horizon of the Superstitions, and Weaver’s Needle, once completely visible, always a stout and momentous sight. We had some off-trail excursion when once missing a turn in the trail.

Our lunch break was shady and serene, with a grand view of the Needle and some time to reflect on autumn color in the middle of solitude.

Onward to the Dutchman’s Trail, winding toward future canyons and steep vertical cliffs, we were able to catch a glimpse of Cochise Head, and mountains to the north that looked quite daring for future endeavors.

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Weaver’s Needle from the Bluff Spring Trail.
[photo by Debbie]
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The saguaros grow tall here.
[photo by Debbie]
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Li, near Barks Canyon where the Bluff Spring Trail crosses some slickrock. [photo by Li]
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I want my rocks in a row. [photo by Li]
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Black Top Mesa, from Terrapin Pass. [photo by Debbie]

Prior to the junction with the Peralta Trail, we encountered equestrians and backpackers enjoying the perfect weather as we were.

Peralta gave us a view of Weaver’s Needle much closer than any other angle this day. Tiers of diversity in minerals piled one on top of the other to create such a wonder of nature. We hoped to see climbers, yet never did, with the exception of wishing some luck at the beginning of our venture. Climbing gradually to Fremont Saddle, the sun started sinking behind the rugged terrain, and shadows giving way to a drop in temperature.

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Debbie knows the way. [photo by Debbie]
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Li, northwest of Weaver’s Needle. [photo by Li]
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Weaver’s Needle, from the west. [photo by Debbie]
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This is rugged country. [photo by Li]
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Weaver’s Needle from Fremont Saddle. [photo by Li]
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Old Grumpy is watching you. [photo by Li]
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Hole in the rock, from the Peralta Trail. [photo by Michael]

Every sight of Weaver’s Needle at any point to view was truly and vastly staggering. At times, all three points of the Needle were visible, other times, just one or two. This particular hike adds a vivid awareness of how majestic and rare a sight it is to behold. Personally, from past experiences viewing Weaver’s Needle from below, above, at any distance ... this hike gave me a very intensely gratifying feeling, just to stand still and stare at it for awhile and sincerely gasp in awe.

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Cameras at ten paces. [photo by Michael]

Thank you so much Michael, for assisting me with this hike. Thank you Li, Dave, Rebecca, Ron, Michael and Terry for joining me. I hope you all enjoyed this hike as much as I did! It is well worth doing again in the future, if not more!  We hiked 13 miles, +-2646 ft.

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updated November 15, 2018