Weaver’s Needle

WeaWeaver's Needle Arizonaver’s Needle is a peak of rock found in the Superstition Mountains [also known as the Superstition Wilderness] east of Phoenix, Arizona. It was named after Powell [later changed to Pauline] Weaver who was an explorer and mountain man in the first half of the 19th century.

The entire mountain that the needle rests upon is 4,555 feet high with 1,000 feet of that amount found in the needle alone. It is truly located in a “wilderness”, desert environment. In order to reach this peak, one has to drive east from Phoenix along US 60, then turn left on to a Forest Road which leads to the Peralta Trailhead [thank goodness there are restrooms available]. Then at the trailhead, one hikes over rough terrain for almost 3.5 miles. More hiking up the peak is possible, especially if you love to take landscape photography. Or, one can stay on the valley floor looking for the “Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine” which was supposedly discovered by a German immigrant named Jacob Waltz. The location of the goldmine has been lost for posterity.

If you love learning about new adventurous places, but are not up for this moderate to difficult hike, you can still enjoy the scenery by assembling this jigsaw puzzle entitled Weaver’s Needle.  You can find this and other Landscape jigsaw puzzles at A+ Puzzles, Etc.

 

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