dogs on leash
My friend and I did accidentally miss the left turn onto the correct trail, but I'm not going to rate a trail poorly because of my own mistake. Having gone off trail, it was definitely a more difficult hike. The correct trail wasn't so bad, and we were able to see where we went wrong coming back down. You should be able to see the cave at all times from the trail, and if you can't, you're most likely off trail. The trail is mostly loose rock/gravel so wear appropriate shoes. The last half mile is more steep and does require some climbing, but not impossible. I saw a couple bees/wasps flying around on trail and in the cave, but no infestation and they didn't seem to bother us. Overall, this was a beautiful yet moderately challenging hike but the views from the top are well worth it.
Asked two different groups in the parking lot to be sure we were in the right place. The first group said they never found the cave. The second group pointed us in the right direction. Somewhere along the way, we lost the trail markers, got lost and never found the cave. It was a steep hike and would have been worth the view, if we could have found it. Overall, disappointing.
I just did this hike with my older brother this morning. We planned on going around 6 am but had a late start and began hiking around 8 am. This hike taught me a lesson. The trail is not paved too well and it is very east to get lost. If you decide to hike this, be aware of your surroundings (I cannot stress this enough) and look for the stacked rocks, which mark the correct way for the trail. As we got closer to the end, the heat started to take a toll and we sat down to talk about our game plan. After a short 2 minute break, we rehydrated and geared up to finish what seemed like the last 0.5-1.0 mile left. However, on our way up, a bee started buzzing around my brothers head and eventually landed in his head. We quickly tried to shoo the bee away but before either of us knew it, we were being attacked by at least 25 bees. They were all over - clinging to our clothes, hiding in our hair, and buzzing around our faces. Immediately, our sympathetic nervous systems kicked in (fight or flight response) and we started booking it down the mountain. I am not even sure how we were able to make it away from the bees because I was so freaked out and I'm pretty sure I was running with my eyes closed. We got away from the bees, both of us getting stung multiple times on our backs and necks. Unfortunaty, during our sprint down, we lost the trail. After aimless wandering for around 45 minutes, we considered calling for help but decided we would keep searching. After a quick prayer, we found the trail! (funny how that works, huh?) I was so relieved that we started crying. I honestly never thought I was going to make it down the mountain & that we would be featured on the 5 o'clock news after the crazy events we faced.
Like I mentioned before, always be aware of your surroundings. We are both very lucky neither of us are allergic to bees and that we were paying attention to major landmarks along the way. With that being said, we never made it to the top unfortunately.
ALSO, in all of the commotion with the bees, I was finding everything off of me, including my Sperry sunglasses and NAU hat. If you hike this and happen to stumble along these items, I would love it if you would kindly contact me to return them! :)
One of my favorite trails in Arizona, the trails has everything you would want. Not to hard but challenging for a 60 year old guy. As always bring more water than you think you need. I used a 3 liter camel in the middle of Aug. Should have brought more.
Easily my favorite Phoenix Area hike. Beautiful views at the summit and along the way. Pretty wildflowers along parts of the trail in the spring. Start early to beat the heat, bring lots of water I needed nearly 3 liters, there is a restroom near the trailhead, and the parking area fills quickly on the weekends. Moderately difficult, I used my trekking poles.
Jennifer V. on Peralta Trail
Beautiful, with a reward at the top