Weavers Needle and the Peralta Trail
Peralta Trailhead to Fremont Saddle
If you are looking for an early spring hike around Phoenix, the Peralta Trail in the Superstition Mountain Wilderness will not disappoint. With its showy spring flowers, and dramatic geologic backdrop it makes for a memorable day hike.
The view of Weaver’s Needle from Fremont Saddle is picture perfect. Continue on another 3/4 of a mile to the right from the saddle to reach this lone pine tree for a shaded break.
Though the trail gains considerable elevation it is a gradual climb. We found that we were easily able to chat along the way.
You may find little pockets of water, as well as lush and healthy saguaro cactus.
For more information on Weaver’s Needle and folklore of the Lost Dutchman Mines check out this blurb from Arizona Oddities.
Where: From central Phoenix, take Interstate 10 east to 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. There are toilets at the trailhead.
Length: 4.4-mile round trip. Elevation change: About 1,370 feet.