Peralta Trail

Apache Junction, Arizona

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Take a relatively short hike into the northern flanks of Superstition Mountain for stunning views of surrounding hills, the distant city, and a seasonal waterfall. The trail also passes near the site where Apaches allegedly slaughtered a Mexican mining crew in the 1800s.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Phoenix

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Phoenix

by Charles Liu (Menasha Ridge Press)

Take a relatively short hike into the northern flanks of Superstition Mountain for stunning views of surrounding hills, the distant city, and a seasonal waterfall. The trail also passes near the site where Apaches allegedly slaughtered a Mexican mining crew in the 1800s.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Apache Junction
Distance: 4.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Year-round; hot in summer
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Tonto National Forest
Local Maps: USGS: Weaver's Needle
Driving Directions: Directions to Peralta Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

10/18/2009
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We've hiked this trail several times and absolutely love it. The trail is beautiful with all the vegetation, the hoodoos are awesome and it helped having this guide to point out additional features like Geronimo's Cave. It's a busy trail but going early in the morning helps to avoid the crowds. No water on the trail so bring lots. We have given water to many people, including one person today because they aren't prepared. Used trekking poles today and that helped since some of the areas are a little bit of a step. Mile 1-2 is the hardest but definitely worth it. Plan time at the Saddle to enjoy a snack and the magnificent view! Anyone know what the formation is called on the east side of the canyon that looks like a turtle with a muffin on it's back? It's visible from about the 1 mile mark until the 2 mile cave. Would love to know the name. Until we learn differently, we call it Muffin Turtle (look at it from above, just before the cave at the bedrock section of the trail).


1/24/2008
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We hiked this trail in January and it was certainly a moderate hike. A little challenging on the way in with some climbing and rocky parts of the trail and for an Arizona hike this trail offered plenty of shaded areas for resting. The trail is also quite popular and there certainly was no shortage of hikers on the trail from young children 5-6 years old to older hikers possibly in their 60's. So I would consider this a nice short hike for a couple of hours but certainly not strenous or even remotely challenging for an experienced hiker



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