Peralta Trail

Apache Junction, Arizona

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Few, if any, mountain ranges of the American West have stirred the imagination like the Superstitions. Rising east of Apache Junction in a great jumble of volcanic rock, these mountains have earned what geologists say is an erroneous reputation as an area rich in gold. At the center of this mistaken identity is the legend of the Lost Dutchman’s Mine. And the Peralta Trail evokes that legend in no uncertain terms. Although it is one of the more heavily used trails in the state, the Peralta Trail offers an introduction to the 159,700-acre Superstition Wilderness that hikers will not want to miss.
100 Classic Hikes Arizona

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100 Classic Hikes Arizona

by Scott S. Warren (The Mountaineers Books)

Few, if any, mountain ranges of the American West have stirred the imagination like the Superstitions. Rising east of Apache Junction in a great jumble of volcanic rock, these mountains have earned what geologists say is an erroneous reputation as an area rich in gold.

At the center of this mistaken identity is the legend of the Lost Dutchman’s Mine. And the Peralta Trail evokes that legend in no uncertain terms. Although it is one of the more heavily used trails in the state, the Peralta Trail offers an introduction to the 159,700-acre Superstition Wilderness that hikers will not want to miss.

© 2015 Scott S. Warren/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Apache Junction
Distance: 4.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Best October to May
Trailhead Elevation: 2,400 feet
Top Elevation: 3,766 feet
Local Contacts: Tonto National Forest; Superstition Wilderness Area
Local Maps: USGS Weavers Needle
Driving Directions: Directions to Peralta Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

5/18/2010
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Excellent. New to hiking and loved it. We had 5 people in group that ranged in ages from 10 to 54; lots of good rocks to rest, break or lunch on with invigorating views.


12/5/2009
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There is no trail listing for this loop off of the Peralta trail so I listed it here. It's a 12mi loop hike starting on the Peralta trail then Dutchman at the north end and turning south on the Terapin trail. You then connect with the Bluff Spring trail to get back to the trail head where you started. It loops entirely around the Weaver's Needle. This hike is a good 12 mile workout. There's a lot of elevation change and going through the Terapin pass ratchets the intensity up quite a bit. I like the scenery changes on this hike. It's a popular hike and you can hit it from either direction. I'll try the counter clockwise direction next time to get the Terapin pass out of the way earlier in the hike. This is a good hike.


8/17/2009
0

Good trail, just a little overgrown, which is usual in the summer when not alot of people use it. Only 1 other hiker was there when I was, and by checking the sign-in sheet, only 1 had come the day before. Summit it confusing, I didn't know whether the end of the trail was it or if I had to climb the rock face, which I did, and after that and then wandering through desolation with no trail for a half mile, I found the summit. I then had a problem finding a way down, as a lot of the summit is a rock face toward the trailhead, after 30 minutes I found a way down the rock face and it was a good day. Bring lots of water, (I brought 4 liters) and a walking stick for the descent as it gets steep in some places.


8/14/2008
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Nice and relatively easy trail to follow in a canyon ringed with hoodos. Fantastic view at the top of Fremont Saddle of Weaver's Needle.


3/20/2008
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The Peralta Trail is easy to find and follow. Parking is a bit tight but ample overflow parking was available about one-quarter mile from the trailhead. As advertised, this was a warm, moderately difficult trail to hike (of course we started out at noon). Nonetheless, there were several shady spots created by trees. We did encounter one snake on the Saddle but it did not give us any trouble. The view of Weaver's Needle was spectacular and made the hike worthwhile.



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