2 miles
Distance
503 ft
Climb
-424 ft
Descent
2 miles
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Details

  • Riding Area
    Northern Sequoia National Forest
    Kernville, California
  • AKA
    Needles
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    May-Novermber
  • Global Ranking
    #42896 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    5 in Mountain Biking
  • Land Manager

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 bike trail
  • Altitude change
    79 ft
  • Altitude min
    7,757 ft
  • Altitude start
    7,757 ft
  • Altitude end
    7,836 ft
  • Grade
    0.909%
  • Grade max
    -35.075%
  • Grade min
    35.126%
  • Distance climb
    4,919 ft
  • Distance down
    3,625 ft
  • Distance flat
    153 ft
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • White
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  • Double Black Diamond

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  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
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Directions to needles-lookout-trail trailhead (36.119870, -118.508400)
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