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hiked up to the peak with my 12 yr old, nice views at the top and not too steep. Elevation at the peak before the loop is about 1959 ft, good workout for kids.

hiking
3 days ago

Easy trail but kinda boring after awhile. Stick it out until you get to Tom's Thumb trail. Highly trafficked for about the first 1 or 1.5 miles then the crowd dies out to lightly trafficked. I think this trail is rated as moderate because it is long? Or because there were so many rocks on the trail so it's tough on your feet. Not much of a climb but make sure your shoes have decent cushion to protect the bottom of your feet.

I'd call this moderate but strenuous. Nothing incredibly difficult about the ascent, just a lot of work if you aren't in the best shape (me). I particularly enjoy that it's not the usual desert landscape. There are a lot of trees and shady areas that you can feel the temp drop as soon as you walk through them. There's a beautiful view of the Needle at the top with plenty of space to relax and enjoy the view. A great all around hike. Plan on about 90-120 minutes up and about an hour back down.

Getting to the trailhead is straightforward. Once you get off the 60 you go about a mile on pavement, then loose asphalt. Then the rest of the road in is about 5 miles of washboard dirt so be prepared. Nothing a little car can't handle, but it does take a bit of time to get to the parking lot.

The trail is pretty easy to follow and mostly marked by its wear. In the few spots it wasn't completely obvious there are kairns ti guide you in the right direction.

Did this hike a month ago and it was awesome!! Moderate difficulty, the hardest part is the incline in the beginning, but then it evens out for the rest of the hike. Moderate to highly trafficked at the beginning but felt the crowd thins out as you keep going. My friend and I went to the tunnel and Fat Man's pass, both were super fun to see. Got a little lost at one point trying to find the tunnel but easily found our way back. The views at the lookout points are incredible, you can see the entire valley. I would definitely say you could bring a beginner here. Most of the trail is in the sun. Also note there's a parking lot at the trailhead, but to access it, don't enter through the preserve's main entrance areas (just go directly from 24th or adjacent streets).

Did this hike a week ago and loved it. Definitely a change of scenery. Felt very foresty (as opposed to the usual desert landscape) with the trees and bush, especially at the beginning. Awesome rock formations and views the whole way up. I was worried about the trail's difficulty but would say the trail is moderate and the elevation is gradual. Weaver's Needle is super cool to see too. Loved how "out there" the park felt (as opposed to more urban environments like Camelback or Dobbins Lookout), a total escape. We started at 2 pm, weather in the 60s or so, and almost the entire trail was in the shade, so we got pretty cold at certain points. Wished I wore leggings and brought a jacket. Moderate to highly trafficked. Also, beware that the trailhead is at the end of a 7 mile dirt road. Saw quite a few sedans but would still recommend driving a SUV if possible.

Did this hike mid-November and it was amazing! One of my favorite hikes I've done in the area! The trip took us about 3.5 hours, but we accidentally went off-trail for about 0.5 miles at one point. Make sure to check where you're going every once and a while, I can see how easy it is to take a wrong path. The junctions themselves are well marked though. Definitely think its better to start with Granite Trail and then finish the loop on Hawes Trail. We also saw a small herd of the wild Salt River horses, including 2 foals! The scenery is beautiful. Would definitely say this trail is moderate - the elevation is a lot of up and downs but pretty easy. Most of the trail is in the sun. Would say it's lightly trafficked, and most of the traffic we did run into were mountain bikers.

Only complaint is that the trailhead is just on the side of the road, and terribly marked. We had to drive back and forth to find the trailhead and the parking pass machine (just keep driving down another few miles and eventually you get there). There's also an option to buy the parking passes at the nearest drug stores or gas stations, but we did not know about that before going. The nearest parking lot is further down the road, which was fine distance-wise but was concerning walking on the side of a large/busy road.

Moderate trail and decent workout. Nothing extraordinary to see, mostly the same terrain but I always recommend South Mountain in late winter to see the vegetation start blooming. Makes for a pretty hike but watch out for bees.

for two 66 year olds it was all we wanted. beautiful scenery

It was a beautiful hike! Some very steep incline and loose rocks. Definitely a challenge.

I forget how much I love this trail. It never ceases to impress me when you come up over the saddle!

My favorite hike yet. Beautiful up, at the top, and back. Hope to do it again soon.

A great hike today. Love this trail. Dont be scared of it, just get out there and do it.

Wonderful Hike! We didn’t go to the Fat mans pass but did go to the tunnel. Saw the a gorgeous sunset on the way back on National to Javelina.

Fabulous trail. Beautiful scenery. About 2 hours to the top, barring breaks.

Don't do it unless you are in shape and have the time to get in and out before sunset... driving down the roads to get there is slow and full of ruts

Great trail with beautiful views up and back down. Moderate difficulty... would be good for kids and people who don’t move as well or as quickly. Lots of rock features and beautiful vegetation all the way up.

hiking
11 days ago

Great trail, ruins are amazing. While the last mile is tough, I would not say that this trail is very difficult, but rate it as moderately difficult.

hiking
11 days ago

Great hike, the ruins were awesome to see. Would rate as moderate though. Drive was long and a bit rocky in areas but the views coming back down (cloudy on the way up) were amazing.

Great trail to hike. My dad and I enjoy going here when we hike since it isn’t too far from where we live. It is fun and was great for my 50 lbs pit bull who has never hiked.

One of my favourites. Beautiful scenery.

Good trail. Moderate to hard. Good to train with just enough hills. Good for MTB riding as well

hiking
15 days ago

great trail. beautiful view. I would do it again.

Gorgeous

Usually prefer the forests of WA state, but this rocky trail won me over and it is a great spot for kids. Rock slides, Fat Man Pass, views, cactus all made it interesting from start to finish!

Really enjoyed this hike! Not difficult, but I do hike pretty frequently. The view is absolutely beautiful!

Second time doing Peralta. So earthy and stunning. Wonderful rock formations and huge saguaro. Hiked today with friends. At the top, hiked another half mile to the pine tree to view various mountain ranges and the valley. What a delightful day , engaged in the Lord’s amazing creativity!!

Great hike. Amazing weather and scenery. The hike gets so much better once you link up with the windgate trail and leave the crowds behind on the gateway loop. I recommend going clockwise on this loop. The views over the back side of windgate towards the four peaks area are pristine and the hike from windgate to bell pass is quite and peaceful. Highly recommend this hike. Came out to almost exactly 10 miles on my Apple Watch (5.5 miles back from the point where you meet bell pass trail on the east side of the mountains).

Fantastic hike up to the saddle and down the canyon towards Weaver's Needle. Tried to find Terrapin trail and stumbled across a Gila monster instead.

Fantastic hike up to the saddle and down the canyon towards Weaver's Needle. We tried to find Terrapin trail and stumbled across a Gila monster instead.

One of my favorite trails.

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