The Needles is a rock formation that has long been known to Sierra rock climbers. Jutting into the sky at 8,254 feet, a Forest Service fire lookout is perched on top. After a rolling 2 mile hike, prepare to climb the 176 stairs to the lookout. At the top, spectacular panoramic views of the Eastern Sierra, Kern River Valley, Western Divide, and even Mount Whitney can be had on clear days.