The Needles district is named for its rounded vertical rock columns. (Beats me.) I was surprised by how much the scenery looked like the scenery in The Maze.
I started by backpacking down Salt Creek, which is, of course, known for its clean, clear water. While not as hard as The Maze, the route was difficult in places, and I was defeated by the route-finding it required. I came to a place where I just didn’t want to continue a very difficult trip when I didn’t even know if I was on the trail or not. I was happy to turn around.
After being defeated by Salt Creek, I spent three days dayhiking in the more civilized parts of the district, where the hiking was easier and route-finding was not a problem (and the scenery was probably better).
If you ever go to The Needles, be sure to hike the Peekaboo Trail (unless you suffer from vertigo). It’s a cool experience, and the views are excellent. The first three photos give you a sample of it.