In the Tonto National Forest near Apache Junction, Peralta Trailhead is located 49 miles east of Phoenix, Arizona in the Superstition Mountains. Peralta Road to the trailhead is a dirt road but you don’t need a high clearance car. There is plenty of parking in the lot but it gets full by mid-morning during on weekends. We arrived at 8:30 AM and had no issue finding parking. There were two friendly rangers at the trailhead being helpful to hikers who had questions. Also, there were maps and other information on the Superstition Wilderness.
Peralta Trail is well maintained and easy to follow. I read that the trail is lightly trafficked but I would say it’s moderately to highly trafficked on weekends depending on the time of the day. Once we were away from people, I let Xena off leash.
It’s incline most of the way up to Fremont Saddle. Loose gravel made it slippery at times and the terrain stayed rocky for the most part. I recommend proper hiking shoes for this hike. If your shoes have soft outer soles, you will end up with sore feet at the end of the hike.
I just loved the rugged and majestic landscape of the Superstition Mountains.
So different from our local mountains. Love saguaros!! I couldn’t stop taking photos.
At the 2 mile marker, we came to a cave. We sat there for a little bit and watched other hikers walk by. A good place for a water break. I was glad about the overcast sky because the trail was exposed after the first mile.
After 2.25 miles, we reached Fremont Saddle where we had the view of Weaver Needle.
The trail continues on but this is a good place to turn around if you just want a day hike so that’s what we did after the snack break.
The rocky terrain makes Xena’s paws tender. She likes having her boots on for this type of terrain so boots on for the downhill.
I know she’s happier with the boots on because she passes me then smiles back.
The view is always better on the way down. Enjoy!
Good to Know:
- Hike date: 2.18.18
- Length: 4.5 miles RT
- Elevation gain: 1,367 feet (max 3,672 ft)
- Difficulty rating: Challenging
- Trailhead coordinates: 33.397565, -111.347866 (copy/paste into your GPS app)
- No shade; high-trafficked; some scrambling required
- No permit/fee required