2 miles
503 ft
-424 ft
2 miles
High Point
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  • Riding area
    Northern Sequoia National Forest
    Kernville, California
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    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
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The trail to the Needles leads through a relaxing conifer forest. Breaks in the trees provide appetizer views of the surrounding Sierra, warming you up for the feast-for-the-eyes that the lookout provides. The wide trail climbs over a hill before descending to the base of the Needles. After two miles, with the lookout in sight, the trail climbs several moderate switches up to a series of daunting staircases (hike only). The steps themselves can be a bit dizzying. Suppress that fear of heights and walk the catwalk up to the Needles lookout for an amazing view.

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More Stats for Needles Lookout Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    79 ft
  • Altitude min
    7,757 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,757 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,836 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    4,919 ft
  • Distance down
    3,625 ft
  • Distance flat
    153 ft
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  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
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  • Variable
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  • Very Dry
Directions to needles-lookout-trail trailhead (36.119870, -118.508400)
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