A more exciting, but similar to Needles
, way down from Needles
Lodge. Excellent scenery through dozens of switchbacks on a mostly hard packed surface with occasional rocky section, loose rocks, and roots.
Follow the signs at several confluences and watch for traffic in both directions. This trail may be a better option for descending than Needles
. It has better flow and it's shorter than Needles
, with slightly more technical rocky sections.
There are a number of stream crossings in early spring.