Peralta Trail 102 to Fremont Saddle may be one of the busiest hiking trails in Arizona. If you think about it placing a wilderness area so close to a major metropolitan area, and add in that the Peralta trail to Fremont Saddle is one of the best hikes in the area, means solitude isn’t what makes this hike worth while. Don’t let the fact that when the weather is nice that this is a busy trail stop you from going and doing this hike. So you may ask, why do this hike? First its a decent workout.
The view of Weaver’s Needle was spectacular and made the hike worthwhile.
The hike from the trail head to Fremont saddle is about 2 1/4 miles one way, with an elevation gain of about 1300 ft. Second, the rock formations are really cool, the best one being the view of Weavers Needle. Last, hiking in the Superstition Wilderness will give you many opportunities to see the Sonoran desert and all that it has to offer. The Peralta Trail is a good workout with great views. So if you haven’t done it, we recommend doing it at least once, since it’s one of the best hikes in the area.
What you will find on your Peralta Trail hike:
- Weavers Needle – The view from fremont saddle is awesome and is by far the biggest reason most people make the hike.
- Rhyolite rock formations – The volcanic rock that makes up most of the Superstition Wilderness makes some facinating rock figures and wonderful landscape. Rock climbers, hikers and photographers all love it for its unique beauty.
- Sanoran desert vegitaion – Saguaro, prickly pear, agave, barrel cactus, and everyones favorite cholla.
- Critters – Gamble quail, road runners, rattle snakes, rabbits, coyotes, javelina, birds of prey and some cool insects.
- Parking – The parking area for the Peralta Trail is huge and a backup lot is available if it gets full. Since this parking lot is for a couple of hikes that all start at the trail head you can expect it to be full on a spring weekend.
What should you bring with you when hiking Peralta Trail to Fremont Saddle? Water, a good pair of hiking boots since its a pretty rocky area, sunblock, water, camera, water and a since of adventure. Did I mention that you should make sure you have some water?
When is the best time to go hike the Peralta Trail? during the week while everyone else is working, November to April, or early in the morning during the warmer months.
Directions : Take U.S. 60 east. Just past mile marker 204, turn north onto Peralta Road and drive 7.4 miles to the trailhead. All but the first mile is unpaved, but the dirt road normally is passable to sedans.