Peralta Canyon

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Blabbott
Aurora, IL708 contributions
Cool, Cool, Cool
Nov. 2020
We had a wonderful time hiking (Jake) Peralta Canyon to the Fremont Saddle. The scenery is spectacular from the beginning all the way to the end. While uphill all the way, the ascent is very gradual, making the hike doable for most. In the upper reaches before the saddle, it was possible to get a good data signal in case you need access. The trail is very popular, so you won't be alone. If solitude is what you seek, try creating a loop by going up Bark's Canyon and then down Peralta. But be warned that the trail is faint in places and some route finding and scrambling is necessary. If that isn't your thing, then just hike up and back on the well marked Peralta Canyon Trail.

Locating the trail head was easy using GPS. The dirt road was in good shape and passable without the use of a high clearance vehicle.
Written December 4, 2020
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M & J
Garden City, KS91 contributions
Amazing hike
Feb. 2020
Four and a half hour round trip hike. Lots of climbing.we were exhausted when finished but exhilarated when done.
When you finally reach the saddle and view weaves needle it is all worth it.
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Makes for a great day of hiking. The six miles of dirt road with washboard surface and powder dust to reach the trailhead is the only negative part of the day.
Scenery on the trail makes up for it.
Written February 11, 2020
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AnitaJack
Sartell, MN58 contributions
Wonderful hike
Jan. 2020
Took us 2 hours to reach the Weaver's Needle viewpoint, and was it worth it! We hiked an additional 20 minutes to reach the lone tree just to the right of the needle. Highly recommended . We brought oranges for a snack at this sight. Our knees felt it on the way down. 4 1/2 hour hike.
Written January 28, 2020
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Brian E
SALEM148 contributions
World famous hike
Jan. 2020
I have hiked this many times, a must if you have not done it. It's about 2 hours to the top, a gradual incline that gets steeper near the saddle. Great view at the top of the area and Weaver's needle. About an hour and a half to get back down.
The parking lot does fill up on weekends during the winter months, and you will need to park up the road in additional parking areas. Watch out for the occasional longhorns and horseback riders crossing the road.
Written January 25, 2020
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P K
23 contributions
Peralta trailhead amazing views and fauna
Dec. 2019 • Family
Excellent trip for even younger children . Just took kids about 20 mins into the nearest trail at trailhead . Not the 6 hour hike I did years ago . Still tons of saguaro and other fauna . A real slice of Arizona . I would be careful driving in if had recent rain as there are some low spots with water . But otherwise the dirt road to trailhead is quite ok
Written January 1, 2020
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PK Ganapathy
Phoenix, AZ147 contributions
Amazing hike
May 2019 • Friends
I had the opportunity to do this hike with a group of 8 folks, including a park ranger.
I started at 5AM from North Phoenix, AZ, and car pooled to the trail head. The trail head is on the way to Globe, AZ on Highway 60, just past Gold Canyon. To reach the trailhead, it is still another 8 miles from the highway 60 with almost 7 miles on a dirt/gravel road.

We began our hike at around 7AM. It was a little warm, but the mountains provided shade to begin our hike. The trail was very rocky, but the area was very green, and at times, we wondered if we were in a desert in AZ at all! It was a gradual climb initially, but it started to get tough. Coupled with the elevation gain, and the rocky terrain, it takes time to climb.

Make sure you stop, look back, and enjoy the views of the Superstition Mountains. After about 2 hours, we reached the saddle. A lot of folks have posted pictures from the top of the saddle. Our guide, the park ranger, took us on an extended trail to a 'lone tree' about half a mile away.

One thing to note is that at times, the trail is not well marked. In fact, once you leave the trail head, there is no sign of any trail markings or directions, so go with someone experienced and has hiked the trail before. It is easy to go off-trail, and difficult to find your way back. This is not a heavily used trail. Carry a good satellite phone if traveling alone, as there is no cell signal anywhere.

The return journey was equally difficult. It was almost a stair master workout due to the large boulders. Use a good hiking pole to relief pressure off your knees. Avoid hiking this trail when the temperature is moderately high - in fact do it in the winter months. Take plenty of water and energy bars.

In the end, the trail is definitely worth it.
Written May 12, 2019
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Perede4
Phoenix, AZ129 contributions
Amazing day
Mar. 2019 • Solo
While the road to the trail is shot up by typical red necks, stay on Peralta road to very end. The hike is difficult in few places and after rain the crick will be flowing. Go to the top and check out all three view areas. It’s awesome.
Written March 24, 2019
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MaryAnneErickson
Kingston, NY345 contributions
Best hike of our trip to Arizona
Feb. 2019 • Family
We recently did 6 days of hiking in both the Superstition Mountains and in the Tuscon area. This was our last hike and truly was a great way to end our trip. We did The Peralta Canyon Trail (102) which is listed "moderate". The guide book says it can be done in 3 hours which seemed unrealistic to us. The hike is about 2.5 miles to the top and well worth it - the views from the top are just amazing! Save your energy for the walk down however - it's not too steep, but covered with rocks of all shapes and sizes and requires firm concentration on the trail to avoid toppling. We loved this hike.
Written February 6, 2019
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melissaannd2016
Cancun12 contributions
Great Trail
Jan. 2019 • Couples
This trail was a great trail to hike on. I would not want to do it in the summer heat though.
It took myself and my husband 41/2 hours to complete this hike. We are both 45 and in good shape. We had to rest a few times going up but not on the way down. The view at the top is well worth the longer hike. We brought 4 waters and a few snacks but it was about 70 degrees so if you go in the summer heat, I would pack more water. There is a restroom where you park. The trail was easy to see for the most part. I would not take a kid younger than 10 on this hike as it has quit a few drop offs that you would not survive if you slipped/fell over. The road to get there is a long bumpy dirt road. There is a parking spot and a trail before this one so keep driving to get to Peralta trail.
Written January 25, 2019
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Boeflak
Anderson Island, WA92 contributions
Grueling but Rewarding Hike - Not for Everyone
Jan. 2019 • Couples
The Forest Service says it's two miles to Fremont Saddle from the trailhead. Not according to the Health App on my iPhone, which logged it at 3.1. Not an especially long trail, but a grueling one. It's more like climbing three miles of steps, some of them a foot or more high. So you need a certain degree of fitness to do this hike, and you want to leave the kiddies at home. You also don't want to do this hike in the summer, where typical daytime temperatures exceed 100 degrees F. We hiked most recently in June, in temperatures around 60 degrees F - perfect hiking conditions. Even so, we had to rest often, and each of us considered turning back once. But we plodded on, because there is a breathtaking reward at the saddle: a stunning view of Weavers Needle, a 993-foot high spire of fused volcanic tuff. The fabled Lost Dutchman's Mine is said to reside within its shadow.
Our round-trip took us five hours, which means we averaged less than 1 mph on the trek. There is beautiful scenery throughout Peralta Canyon, but you have to stop to admire it or else you'll miss it, because the roughness of the terrain forces you to look down to keep from tripping or falling.
Most folks recommend starting early in the morning because of Arizona's brutal sun. The problem with that is that when you get to the viewpoint, the sun's light is coming from directly overhead, and flattening out the landscape. If you want to see Weavers Needle at its most dramatic, you need to see it two hours or so before sunset, when it is light from the side, and it's texture is most pronounced.
Bring twice as much water as you think you'll need. This is no ordinary hike.
Written January 10, 2019
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