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In the early '90's the USFS banned all placement of bolts in the Superstition Wilderness. This unfortunately includes replacement of existing bolts. Violating this ban may result in climbing restrictions on this beautiful area. Please think twice and go bolt somewhere else.
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Weaver's Needle is one of the all-time landmarks of central Arizona. It was even cited by legendary Dutchman Jacob Waltz as one of the locator marks for his gold mine. It can be seen for miles and miles, rising over the mountains just east of Phoenix. Surprisingly, the route to the top is relatively mild for modern rock climbers.
Approach the Needle by hiking north on the Peralta Trail from the Peralta Trailhead up and over Fremont Saddle. You can't miss it.
Weaver's Needle is a striking summit but don't expect superb climbing. Nevertheless, well worth the effort. The peak has a lower south summit and the true north summit. This route approaches the col between them from the west. An alternative from the east is said to be easier but has a longer approach. A description of the east side approach can be found on Christopher Brennen's site www.dankat.com/swhikes.weaver.htmThe west side approach begins at the Peralta trailhead. Hike over Fremont...[more]Browse More Classics in AZ
Well worth it to camp on top. Best camping site I have been at yet. Views are amazing. We only took what we needed and left the other pack at the base. Not so much fun leading the pitch with a large pack though, but definitely adds to the excitement. If possible the second should carry the pack. In my case that was not an option.
I tried this climb and we did not summit, ran out of time. If we would have been prepared to stay a night on top that would have been easier and we would have summited no problem. So climb and hike fast if you want to do it all in a days push, I would recommend camping just for the fun of it and then you don't have to rush.
Start early! It took our group of four people just under 12 hours from car to car. None of us had done this before, so there was some route finding delays, but if you budget more time than you think you will need, you won't be sorry. The first two pitches are the technical climbing. The second pitch is a short (12') easy climb and the rest of the way to the top is scrambling. Bring your rope with you, as there are rap rings to help your descent from the top. Also, on the final rap down the first pitch, a 60 meter rope will be just short. Best bet is to stop at a good point about half way and reset the rappel station. At the top, don't forget to sign the log book in the green ammo can!
The main picture on this page of the Needle from the East, led us to ascend the East facing gully. The route that everyone seems to be talking about (with the two fancy rap bolts) ascends the West(ish) facing gully. YOu can go up the East gullly just fine, but there seems to be significantly less pro (not that there's much anyways) and a lot more loose rock (complete with sketchily slung chockstone dominoe pile). THE WEST GULLY IS MORE FUN.
Anybody know anything about a 3-5 pitch 5.9 up the north side? When I was last up there in October, 2010, there was an entry in the register from some guys who claimed to have gone at it that way. It's steep enough for it, though can't say anything about the rock quality.