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Peralta Trail Day Hike
Superstition Mountains
January 17, 1998
by Mike Wargel
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Made it to Fremont Saddle, the most popular destination.

This is the most popular trail in the Superstitions because of its climactic view of Weaver’s Needle from Fremont Saddle.

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The view southeast from Geronimo Cave.
The route follows the Peralta Canyon streambed and crosses it at various places. The ascent is gradual and crisscrosses the canyon. Various shaded spots offer cool respite at the crossings. Large scrub oaks and sugar sumacs provide the shade.

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 streambed 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. 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 stopped for lunch. We returned along an alternative, the Cave Trail, back to the trailhead.

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