Peralta Canyon Trail

Tonto National Forest, Arizona

Distance0.9mi
Elevation Gain643ft
Trailhead Elevation2,422ft
Top2,885ft
Elevation Min/Max2422/2885ft
Elevation Start/End2422/2422ft

Peralta Canyon Trail

Peralta Canyon Trail is a hiking trail in Pinal County, Arizona. It is within Superstition Wilderness Area and Tonto National Forest. It is 0.9 miles long and begins at 2,422 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 643 feet. Near the trailhead there is a parking. This trail connects with the following: Dutchman Trail.

Peralta Canyon Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Peralta Trail up to Fremont Saddle is, despite its difficulty, one of the most popular hikes in the Superstitions for a reason. Everything you're likely to find in the western Superstitions is piled around this steep route and, at the end, you encounter a jaw-dropping vista of Weaver's Needle, the signature rock formation of this mountain range.

The hike then follows a faint side track to a remote but even better view of the Needle; follow cairns and your intuition along Cave Trail, down to its junction with Bluff Springs Trail, which leads back to the trailhead. Outstanding features: Weaver's Needle, cool rock formations, view of the western Superstitions."

"This moderate hike introduces you to the rugged beauty of the Superstition Mountains without taxing your abilities to their limits. Fremont Saddle, your destination, rewards you with a spectacular view of Weaver’s Needle, the most famous landmark in the Superstition Wilderness.

Begin by taking a left at the trailhead and following the signs for Peralta Trail 102. The trail starts fairly level through a desert riparian landscape full of triangle-leaf bursage, canyon ragweed, jojoba, and cactus."

"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."

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3/4/2012
Excellent hike up to Freemont Saddle and back down Cave Trail. Taking Peralta Trail up is very crowded, but you'll find seclusion on the Cave Trail coming down. Cave Trail is easy to follow if you look ahead for the cairns. Take plenty of water and pictures!
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5/18/2010
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.
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12/5/2009
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.
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10/18/2009
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).
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8/17/2009
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.
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8/14/2008
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.
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3/20/2008
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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1/24/2008
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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Trail Information

Tonto National Forest
Nearby City
Tonto National Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Views
Features
USGS Weavers Needle; trailhead plaque; USFS Superstition Wilderness nationalforestmapstore.com/product-p/az-18.htm
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Nov 2018