Wednesday, November 9, 2016
In the vast wilderness of the Superstition Mountains, Weaver's Needle is surrounded by superstition and controversy. The is rock monolith, called El Sombrero in Spanish, is the quintessential icon of the Southwest. My own climb to the top of this prominent rock was an amazing and influential episode in my early development. This view of the rock is only visible from the Fremont Saddle at the end of a relatively short, but steep, trail into the rugged interior of the Superstition Mountain Wilderness Area. Paradoxically, this bastion of the wilderness is visible from parts of Phoenix, Arizona, currently the sixth largest city in the United States.