Carpool Departure Time: 7:00 am from the Pier 1 parking lot at Shea & 101.
Hike Start Time: 8:30 am
This moderate – strenuous hike traverses Peralta Canyon to Freemont Saddle and is one of the most popular hikes in the Superstition Wilderness. The trail follows the canyon bottom for more than a mile, climbing gradually and crisscrossing the normally dry Peralta Creek. The last mile or so is a bit steeper as you climb out of the lush, narrow canyon to Fremont Saddle. From here you can’t miss Weaver’s Needle to the north. We will then make the short trek over to the Lone Pine Tree on the northeast ridgeline. The extra effort pays off with up-close views of the Needle and refuge from the crowds at the saddle.
Bring 3 liters water, snacks for the trail, good hiking boots a camera, and sun protection of some sort.
When you RSVP, mention if you're going to meet at the carpool location or at the trailhead.
DISTANCE: ~5.5 miles round trip
ELEVATION GAIN: ~1,400 ft
TRAIL STYLE: In-and-out style
DURATION: ~3 - 4 hours
FACILITIES: There is a restroom but no running water
Park rules limit groups to 15 at a time, so we will be splitting up into two groups if needed.
CARPOOL LOCATION: We'll meet in the Pier 1 parking lot in the shopping center on the southeast section of the 101 and Shea. Carpool departure promptly at 7 am
DIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD: Drive east on US Highway 60 (approximately 8.5 miles past the Apache Junction turn-off) to Peralta Road and turn left/north. The trailhead is about 8 miles north on this road. It becomes a dirt road for several miles and the end of the road is the trail head.