Weavers Needle

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Weavers Needle
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Elevation 4,555 ft (1,388 m) NAVD 88[1]
Prominence 993 ft (303 m)[1]
Location
Weavers Needle is located in Arizona
Weavers Needle
Weavers Needle
Location Pinal County, Arizona, U.S.
Range Superstition Mountains
Coordinates 33°25′59″N 111°22′13″W / 33.4331056°N 111.3704066°W / 33.4331056; -111.3704066Coordinates: 33°25′59″N 111°22′13″W / 33.4331056°N 111.3704066°W / 33.4331056; -111.3704066[2]
Topo map USGS Weavers Needle

Weavers Needle is a 1,000-foot-high (300 m) column of rock that forms a distinctive peak visible for many miles around. Located in the Superstition Mountains east of Phoenix, Arizona, Weavers Needle was created when a thick layer of tuff (fused volcanic ash) was heavily eroded, creating the spire as an erosional remnant with a summit elevation of 4,555 feet (1,388 m). It is set in a desert landscape of cactus and mesquite bush, with large Saguaro cacti particularly prominent. The peak was named after mountain man Pauline Weaver.

Weavers Needle has played a significant role in the stories of the Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine. The Needle's shadow reportedly indicates the location of a rich vein of gold, and many treasure hunters have searched for it. The hunt for gold around Weavers Needle has been pursued by hundreds (possibly thousands) of people. Weavers Needle has a large split in the side that makes it look like it has two tops, not one. This can only be viewed from the side.

See also[edit]

Weavers Needle from Fremont Saddle at the top of Peralta Trail

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Weavers Needle, Arizona". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2014-02-09. 
  2. ^ "Weavers Needle". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2014-02-09. 

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