The Needles (Sequoia National Forest)

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The Needles
The Needles (Sequoia National Forest).jpg
The Needles from Dome Rock
Highest point
Elevation8,258 ft (2,517 m)  NAVD 88[1]
Prominence454 ft (138 m) [1]
Coordinates36°06′34″N 118°29′04″W / 36.1093895°N 118.4845316°W / 36.1093895; -118.4845316Coordinates: 36°06′34″N 118°29′04″W / 36.1093895°N 118.4845316°W / 36.1093895; -118.4845316[2]
The Needles is located in California
The Needles
The Needles
Parent rangeSierra Nevada
Topo mapUSGS Durrwood Creek

The Needles are a series of massive granite rock formations rising up from the North Fork of the Kern River near its junction with the Little Kern River. The Needles Lookout is located 2.5 miles off the Western Divide Highway (State Route 190) 10 miles north of Mountain Road 50. Johnsondale, California is the nearest town, with the Camp Whitsett, BSA camp around 4 miles from Johnsondale. On July 28, 2011, the Needles lookout, constructed in 1937-1938 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, was destroyed in a structure fire. The lookout tower stood atop the rock formation at 8,245 feet.



  1. ^ a b "The Needles, California". Retrieved 2014-03-08.
  2. ^ "The Needles". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2014-03-08.