Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Peralta Trail Day Hike
when Trip Report : February 9, 2014
  Trip Report : December 2, 2000
  Trip Report : January 17, 1998
where Superstition Mountains
the hike     This is the most popular trail in the Superstitions because of its climactic view of Weaver’s Needle from Fremont Saddle. The route follows the Peralta Canyon stream bed and crosses at various places. There is constant topographic, vegetative, and scenic variety along the entire trail. Early on, two small abandoned mines greet you. About 100 yards along, you pass a vertical stone wall to the left. Growing on this wall are two rare plants, Gila paritili and maple leaf mirandia, the latter found only in the Superstition and Usery Mountains. The ascent is gradual and crisscrosses the stream bed. Various shaded spots offer cool respite at the crossings. Large scrub oaks and sugar sumacs provide the shade, while canyon wrens provide the music. Deer vetch shows its small, bright yellow orange flower.
    As you ascend farther up the trail, Geronimo Cave comes into view on the right along a line of yellow volcanic tuff. The trail ascends away from the stream bed and up a series of switchbacks directed through layers of multicolored volcanic tuff, ash, and agglomerate. Various shades of purple, buff, orange, pink, brown, and cream permeate the landscape. Much of the trail is now on bedrock. This is a good spot for sitting and looking out over Peralta Canyon and part of Coffee Flat Valley. The vertical “people” rocks on the western canyon edge come into prominent view. Look up for ravens, hawks, and vultures. A “one eyed monster” lurks along the trail.
    More pastel colored bedrock leads you past the monster and on to Fremont Saddle. Here we are greeted with a spectacular view of Weaver’s Needle. This is where we will stop for lunch. We will return via the same route. An alternative return route would be along the Cave Trail back to the trailhead.
distance 4 1/2 miles round trip
time 4-5 hours
EC +-1400' elevation change
elevations 2410' (Peralta Trailhead) to 3766' (Fremont Saddle)
type round trip
starting at
Peralta Trailhead 33° 23.836' N,  111° 20.841' W  [NAD27]
on trail 100% — Peralta Trail #102
rating "C"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs allowed no
cost Sharing gas expenses with the driver.
The club also allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
weather Apache Junction
meet 8:00 AM at Home Depot in Mesa on the SE corner of Power and US 60.
drive Take US 60 east to the Peralta Road. Turn left onto Peralta and drive 6 miles to the trailhead. Peralta Road is a graded dirt road, suitable for family sedans.

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