DON’T MISS THIS ONE!...One of the best hikes in Arizona and MY FAVORITE…. hoodoos, balancing rocks, lizards, wildflowers and plant diversity.… all en route up to Fremont Saddle. From there, you get a good look deep into the Superstitions plus an awesome view of Weaver’s Needle.
This is a moderately strenuous hike as the trail to Fremont Saddle ascends 1366 feet in 2.25 miles. The climb is constant, yet rarely gets steep. There are views aplenty every step of the way. Take a snack to eat at the top. There is much to see and to explore there.
This hike is my favorite for many reasons. Although you gain over 1300 feet in elevation, the trail meanders its way up to the saddle versus using steep switchbacks. This makes the trail very manageable. I never tire of admiring the dramatic volcanic rock formations along the way or coming up over Freemont Saddle for a fantastic view of Weaver’s Needle. And, you get a lot more than just scenic views on your hike. This area is rich in vegetation and wildlife. The Superstitions have beautiful spring flowers, more so than anywhere else in the valley. And the Peralta Trail is a great place to find gorgeous Collared Lizards. They seem to love hanging out in the sun on the volcanic reddish brown pockmarked rocks on the upper third of the trail.
Our hikes are generally at a pace conducive to social banter of interest to heathens, and allowing for time for photography of the local geology and wildlife. Expect this hike to last 4-5 hours.
For the asking, I will have handouts discussing petroglyphs, geology of the area, and plant and animals we’ll likely encounter. Also I bring reference books for after the hike.
Here are photos from our previous hikes here:
here are some photos of a trip “George” took along the trail:
and here is a 9 min video of the trip:
and here’s here’s a short one:
here’s another collection of photos:
Distance: 4.6 miles
Time: 4-5 hours
Difficulty: moderately- strenuous
Trail: packed dirt, crushed rock
Elevation: 2500 – 3800 ft.
change: 1366 ft.
Parking: lot . ..pit toilets
Tailhead GPS: 33° 23’ 51.3” N, 111° 20’ 52.4” W
Entry fees: none
Dogs: OK on leash
Always carry and drink plenty of water!
Perhaps eat breakfast and bring a snack.
Sunscreen and insect repellant is advised.
Supportive footwear is also advisable.
SAFETY FIRST… we have no medical provisions.
Hike at your own risk.
TO GET THERE… from Phoenix go out highway 60 past Apache Junction (about 23 miles past the 101) to the end of the freeway, and continue on 6 more miles to milepost 204. Then go left onto E. Peralta Rd. heading north (left - your only choice).
At 5-6 miles from 60, follow an obvious sign and take the left fork uphill and continue all the way to the end of E. Peralta Rd…. to the trailhead parking area… about 7-8 miles from the 60 and pay your fee and park. It may take 15-20 minutes to get to the trail head from the 60.
As you near the end of the road (The Peralta Trailhead), you may notice other trailheads and distractions… Stay on the main road all the way to the end.
Google says the trail head is
…80 minutes from the I-17 & 101… 60 miles
… 60 minutes from the I-10 & 51… 50 miles
… 55 minutes from the 60 & 101… 35 miles
MESSAGE FOR CARPOOLERS: Carpooling can save gas but also enhance the social experience. If you’d like to carpool, you must contact others for arrangements. You could email members or post comments on this announcement page.
Following the hike we may reconvene at Old Chicago near Power Road and the 60. They have outside patio seating. To get there from the 60 take Power Rd. south a few hundred feet to Superstition Springs Blvd. and turn left (east) a few hundred feet to 6821 E. Superstition Springs Blvd… restaurant is obvious on right (south side). The restaurant is about 45 minutes from the trailhead or about 20 from Peralta Rd at the 60.