Looking for a Southeast Valley Hike? Peralta Canyon Trail in the Superstition Wilderness is a moderate and beautiful hike. It’s 2 miles long, but don’t let that fool you as easy. The hike is an uphill grind through desert scrub and slickrock chutes. The 2 mile point ends at Fremont Saddle. Here you will see up-close views of Weavers Needle. The saddle is a popular place to take a break, from there you can either go downhill another 2.6 miles to the end or back track to the parking lot for a 4-mile outing. Another option is to hike on well-work trails to the lone pine tree visible on a ridge to the east of the needle. This side hike adds 1 mile round trip.
Which ever way you choose to hike, Peralta Trail is an ideal place to burn off those extra holiday calories and introduce out-of-town visitors to the beautiful Superstitions.
Hike info: Length is 4 miles round trip to Fremont Saddle; 5 miles round trip to the pine tree. Rating is Moderate; Elevation is 2,400-3,800 feet; Location take US 60 East about 8 miles past Apache Junction and look for the Peralta Trailhead sign on the right side of the road. Turn left on Peralta Road (Forest Road 77) and drive 8 miles to the trailhead. Make sure to bring water and get there early for parking.
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