Needles Lookout Trail

Area Status: Closed

32E22 The Needles Lookout trail is 2.5 miles long. It begins at Forest Road 21S05 and ends at the rock formations referred to as "Needles."  The Needles Fire Lookout Tower, which sat on top of a spire referred to as “The Magician” was destroyed in a structure fire on July 28, 2011.  No one was injured in this tragic event. The trail is open for the following uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking and stock use. Trailhead is 2.5 miles from Western Divide Hwy at the end of Needles Road (21S05). The trail follows the northern slope of Needles Ridge and offers spectacular views stretching all the way to Mt. Whitney. There is no water on this trail.                                                

Area impacted by the fire.  Trail not recently maintained.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Weather dependent - Western Divide Ranger District


Mountain Biking

Rock Climbing

Although you don't need to rock climb to make it up this trail, it offers access to several rock faces within the Needles that are popular climbing destinations.  Climb safely and considerately!

Day Hiking

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
2.0 miles

  Elevation : 
7800 - 8200