Needles Lookout Trail

Area Status: Closed
This area is 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.

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Current Conditions: Weather dependent - Western Divide Ranger District



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  Area/Length : 
2.0 miles

  Elevation : 
7800 - 8200


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