dogs on leash
The Superstition Wilderness area is open only to hikers and equestrians; no 4wd vehicles, ATVs, dirt bikes, or bicycles are permitted in the wilderness area.
Overall the hike wasn't too difficult, it was longer than expected but the scenery was beautiful, traffic wasn't too heavy, I wouldn't advise bringing a pet along with, it does get tight and steep in areas, but the work you put in is rewarded with views of Four Peaks!
Cliff dwellings at the end of the trail were well worth the hike in. Be sure to go to the upper dwellings. Hike itself not difficult - a bit of climbing to get up to the higher dwellings.
The drive in definitely needs a 4 wheel drive high clearance vehicle. we were in a high clearance vehicle without 4 wheel drive and struggled to get up the hills. Twice the passengers had to get out and walk. one time we pushed the vehicle. on the way in the hills are long and very steep. no problem coming back out.
You will need to drive 5 miles on a washboarded road to get to the trail. On the day we went, I would say the trail was heavily trafficked. The Rangers were there and explained that the Peralta Trail is actually about 5 miles long, making it a 10 mile out and back if you do the whole thing. It also connects to other trails to make loops you can hike if you are looking for a longer adventure. We saw several people hiking up this trail with full camping gear, so I assume you are allowed to camp at large near the top. Overall, it was a beautiful hike, but definitely not an easy one.
first of all the trails were not marked, so we got lost twice before we found the actual trail. we brought our dog and she had a really hard time on the hike, it was very rocky and got a little steep closer to the cave. we didn't make it to the cave because we felt our dog would not make it without injury. it was very pretty and if we didn't have our pup with us we would have made it. if you try this trail I don't recommend bringing dogs and make sure you follow the stacked rocks, those are the only real trail markers.
For those using the directions provided, this will bring you to a small parking area and say "you've arrived at your destination," but there was no trailhead in sight. I asked someone and they said you need to continue up the road a few hundred feet. Ok, so when you arrive at that parking lot, just know that that is overflow parking. Other than that the trail is nice. Moderate to hard if your fitness level isn't the best. It's a steady and continuous uphill slope. The views are very nice, and there are several shady spots along the trail big enough for 3 or 4 you can rest in.