Bluff Spring Trail to Peralta Trail Bypass

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Bluff Spring Trail to Peralta Trail Bypass is a 7.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Gold Canyon, Arizona that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, camping, and bird watching. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length7.7 miElevation gain2,014 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashCampingHikingBird watchingRunningViewsOver grownRockyScrambleNo shade
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This loop trail, for experienced hikers, begins and finishes at the Peralta trailhead. If travelling counter clockwise, begin by heading north on the Bluff Springs Trail, then continue north on the Terrapin Trail at the intersection, where Bluuf Springs heads east bound. The bypass trail which takes you west, in front of the base of Weavers Needle, over to the Peralta Trail, can be difficult to follow in places. Route finding skills are required for this section. The Peralta Trail heading south is straight forward and easy to follow, back to the trail head.

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Jim Harmer
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Weaver's east cross is not a Tonto Forest trail - no name or number. From Peralta Trail pictures show a rock caren at the turn. However, the fire made locating the trace difficult. I lost the trail and went left ravine by mistake. Luckily able to climb up and over to the correct ravine and find a passable trail.

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Steve (-:
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The last couple hundred yards to the Needle we were bushwhacking. And I had to pick up the dog from time to time and lift her from rock to rock. A few thorns got me. So I needed a better path down. My partner chose one route. I chose another. And that was that. It took me and the dog a little longer to get back to the car. We’re all safe and sound but I haven’t seen my partner since. The dog remains loyal.

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Dusty Trailhead
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I hiked this by happenstance, trying to salvage an underwhelming Dutchman Bluff Springs Loop Trial hike. It was pretty until Miners Summit, but after that the terrain was not spectacular. But, I kept seeing Weavers Needle in the distance occasionally. It was a very different view than that from Fremont Saddle, so I kept hoping for a great view. That didn’t happen, so I took Terrapin Trail to Bluff Saddle. That trail is fantastic, but I was still not satisfied. I WANTED MORE WEAVERS NEEDLE!!! So, I kept on. I took the cutoff trail to Paralta Trail. More and more eye candy. I am so stoked! The trail gets really hard and fun. (BTW: Weavers Needle is actually two peaks. And, that’s the fascination.) As the trail gets closer to Peralta, the more it becomes Class II. There’s a slot you climb through to reveal the junction with Peralta. I went counterclockwise on the loop (a loop that I really didn’t do). This made route finding easier because it goes downhill; you see the trail from above. Going clockwise has got to be more difficult, but maybe it’s even more fun that direction.

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Pete Kulenkamp
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Great loop. Diverse topography. Burned out section beneath Weavers made for some creative "choose your own adventure" trail but it was easy to see where we were on the app.

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Dale Johnson
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Don Chandler
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Dana Heywood
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It’s an awesome trail. However... once you get near the needle it’s far from easy to follow the trail. Thank goodness for all trails or else I would’ve been extremely lost. Awesome hike though, my watch said I hiked 8.5 miles.

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Aaron Boles
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RunningGreat!

Excellent loop. Easy to lose the trail about 2 1/2 miles in. Terrific conditions today.

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Colleen Peterson
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Did this loop on a whim after not being able to find the trail up weavers needle. The cutover was tough to find and some bushwhacking was involved but this was a trail full of incredible views and worth the efforts!

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James Gaustad
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My wife and I did this with our two dogs a week ago. The cutoff trail from Terrapin is marked by a cairn of several good sized rocks. It seemed longer than the 7.7 miles that's listed - took us about 5 hours - the dogs slow us down a bit. Bring lots of water!

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Jess Magee
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HikingGreat!Off trailRocky

My wife & I just moved to Arizona from Chicago a few weeks ago and this was our first trip out hiking together. As you can see in the recording, we overshot the turn to get us over to Peralta but as many others have said, getting lost here is far from a bad experience (depending HOW lost:)) But we both loved the amazing views and seclusion found deeper in the trail. Will absolutely be going back!

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Jesse Martinez
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Great trail! you can bring kids with you. I would say bring a couple liters of water.

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Melissa Zuk
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Hard to follow trail near weavers needle. Got sidetracked a few times but for our way back. Clocked in at 8.5mi total. STUNNING scenery.

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David Custer
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Daniel Everett
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Hiking

Amazing..i got lost! Loved it!

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Nate Mueller
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Rocky but nice...

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Kevin Griffiths
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Spectacular scenery!! This trail is difficult to find at times, so not for those that don’t possess route finding skills.

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Adam A.
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The first 2.5 mi of Peralta Trail will be crowded until you reach Fremont Saddle. This is where Weavers Needle first comes into view and the poser instagram hikers turn around. Once you drop into the valley below it becomes less crowded and you can get an up close view of Weavers Needle. The area burned recently, and the trail up to the Needle is almost impossible to find, so not recommend. The trail over the saddle to Terrapin Trail can also be difficult to find, especially the initial climb out of the valley, but stick to the All Trails map and you'll be fine. Follow Terrapin until it intersects with Bluff Spring, which will give you an incredible view of the Gold Canyon valley on your way back to the parking area.

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Chris @WillyOnAMountain
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Hiked this loop clockwise... and tried an off trail route for the cross cut... which I don't particularly recommend. Best to stick with the cairned route between Peralta and Terrapin. The sunset from up on the Bluff Springs trail is better than the sunset from Peralta Canyon fwiw. Cheers!

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Hanna Norris
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Dan Weldon
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BackpackingGreat!No shadeOff trailRockyScramble

Be prepared for the majority of the trail unmarked, guided by cairns. Some fun rock scrambling uphill and views made this a beautiful and challenging hike. Do not underestimate the need to pay attention to the trail as it winds further in

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Nicole Finnemann
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You will most certainly lose the trail. In an awesome/adventure way. Some wonderful souls have set up rock piles occasionally. Definitely recommend downloading the map ahead of time so you can adventure in the right direction and find trail often enough to feel ok. Because of our missed turns etc, this ended up being 10 miles for us - and we loved every minute. So many different spectacular views and you come right under base of the Needle.

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Trent Windsor
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Great trail, the scramble between bluff springs & Peralta was awesome and very cool. Once you drop down and go up Peralta it’s a slow long vertical that is a great cardio. Leave early to avoid heat of day! Great cardio hike with awesome views and a scramble

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