doug and the wynns

Needles: Remnants of Rock Stars and Gold Mines

While there’s lots of hiking in and around Lake Havasu City, Needle mountain loop trail is the only one we’ve been on that has remnants of rock stars and million dollar gold mines!

canyon view

The Needles trail is about 30min outside of Havasu and just short of crossing the bridge to California.  However, getting to the actual trail head is a bit tricky and directions can be dicey.  It’s a good thing our friend Doug has a Jeep.

needle mountain loop

Stop by the BLM office to get a good map and directions.  We suggest 4WD…and a good driver!

crazy 4wd roads

The scenery is beautiful and the rock formations are…um…well…erect….

penis rock

needle mountain trail

doug and the wynns


valley overlook

The views are really a distraction from the true mission of this destinations discovery.  The side show attractions!

Hidden in caves and crevices are all sorts of treasures.  In one spot we found an old stuffed burro missing it’s eyes, sitting next to a broken picture frame and tattered nudy magazine (sorry, no photos).    In another hollowed area we found this old guitar with Led Zeppelin’s name engraved on the back.  Ok, Led Zeppelin’s name wasn’t there but it would have been cool if it was.

rock legends

I wish I had some grandiose tall tales to go along with the hidden treasures but I don’t.  What I do know is why you can find a bed frame and old bean cans lying around.

bed frame

trashy cans

There are a series of old mine shafts all through the area and let me tell you, those miners were some messy dudes!  They left their crap everywhere!

ladder to mine

jason climbing up the mine

nikki hiking

While we did peek our heads into one of the shafts…

mine shaft

needle mountain loop

We didn’t explore into the mines…sad, I know but it was for a good reason.  Its winter and the bats are in hibernation (and shouldn’t be disturbed) and there is a very serious epidemic of White-Nose Syndrome.  It’s killed more than 6.7 million bats which equals way too many mosquito’s running around free!  Don’t believe me, check out the website.

We did keep with our tradition of rewarding ourselves at the end with cold beer.  Something about a really cold beer at the end of a good workout just tastes soooo good!

beer and a hike

Cheers to our friend Doug for being a great hiking buddy and our personal tour guide in Lake Havasu City!

Hello there! I honestly don’t know what to say, so I am going to tell you a bunch of random facts instead. I'm a fish eating vegetarian who hates spiders and loves snakes. I almost never took vacations growing up. I wanted to be Pippi Longstocking (still do). I misspell about every other word I write and still struggle with grammar. I love splurging on a good high tea (which is really hard to find these days). And whatever you do, don’t tell me I can’t do something, because then I'll HAVE to do it!

Comments (14)

  • My wife and I would like to pan for gold. Can you do that at Needles or close by? Or Laughlins, NV?

  • Wouldn’t recommend drinking alcohol while hiking as these mountains like many have a lot of hidden dangers, also stay out of old mines, very dangerous. Keep an eye out for rattlesnakes, they will definitly ruin your day if bitten. Be careful and have fun! Stay out and stay alive!

  • Jonathan Fotino

    Hi! I recently did the Gold Dome mine hike and it was awesome out there! you seem to have found a lot more relics out there though… what year was this?

  • I’ve never wanted to go to Lake Havasu City until now…it’s a cheap flight from Minneapolis so if we don’t get there by camper maybe it would make a nice long weekend getaway. My husband would love the hiking. Thanks for the review!

    • LHC is awesome! We absolutely love it there…but mainly during the winter 🙂

  • I love all your videos and blog posts! Thank you for making Lake Havasu City look so sexy and fun! I just moved to Havasu over the summer and am loving all the outdoor adventures. I’m looking forward to checking out this trail in Needles, looks fun!

      • Thank you! For sure! Next time you are in town I can hook you up with more fun stuff to do.

  • Dave

    So what was the final decision on Windy… sell or keep? If you sold, what did you buy to replace her? Thanks for the great photos!

  • John Bradbury

    Jason and Nikki, I’m glad you got out on this hike; I’ve been there many times, including to the top of each of the three main “Needles”. This desert truly is beautiful, glad you enjoy it too. Hope your travels continue to be . . . well, eventful! Look forward to seeing you again, maybe Yosemite or Seattle? Take care.

  • Rebecca Ingle

    Any gold nuggets hidden? Michael would sure enjoy going gold hunting there. Loved the photos . Take care and stay out of the old mine shafts. Love ya

  • Gary

    Great photos Jason, that hike looks like a good time and the brew.


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