Peralta Trail to Fremont Saddle

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Peralta Trail to Fremont Saddle is a 5.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Apache Junction, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and backpacking and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
5.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1555 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

hiking

walking

views

wild flowers

old growth

over grown

rocky

no dogs

hiking
11 days ago

Great Hike today!!! Loved the rocky incline workout and beautiful scenery, breathtaking!!!

16 days ago

We hiked 6.75 miles. Very scenic and the trail was nicely groomed. Not crazy about the 8 mile drive on dirt roads but definitely worth it.

hiking
21 days ago

Amazing. This was a hard hike as there were many steep inclines and rocks. Pretty heavily used trail but fantastic views. I was able to drive to the trailhead with a sedan the dirt roads were well maintained.

backpacking
22 days ago

A pretty tough trail with 35lbs on your back. It is mostly incline on the way up. There's somewhat of a camping spot overlooking weavers needle but mornings and afternoons are pretty heavy with day hikers. Views are amazing and well worth the work.

22 days ago

great hike worth it

hiking
28 days ago

Great hike. I wouldn’t say this is hard.l though.

1 month ago

Loved this hike! We started at 7:30 AM and returned to the parking lot at 11:30 AM.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Moderate incline to the saddle. When you reach Fremont Saddle, it’s an amazing view to see Weaver’s Needle a few miles ahead. Great spots to soak up the views, rest, take some photos and snack up.

Optional extension to the trail from Fremont Saddle is to the North/Northeast that follows a ridge line to a lone pine tree that dead ends. Gets you a little closer and another vantage point of Weavers Needle.

On the way back to the trailhead it’s a good opportunity to trail run with the decline in your favor.

1 month ago

Lots of interesting vegetation with trees shading dry creek beds, canyons and parts of the trail. Dramatic rock cliffs and breathtaking views of beautiful southwestern landscapes. Just the right amount of friendly, considerate people on the trail to feel in good company, with long stretches of solitude. Memorable December day in the Superstition Mountains.

2 months ago

Always fun. It’s beautiful if you ever get the chance to hike it with snow on the ground or right after a heavy rain.

hiking
3 months ago

The walk up is a bit of a work out if you are a beginner, but doable. I kept my pace up to get a good leg workout and can see doing some trail runs here. I did not realize I made it up to the saddle and continued on to the lone pine tree, truly inspired by this thriving tree, and awesome views.

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

Great hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail ! Will do again

5 months ago

We started this hike at 7:30am on a Saturday. Glad we went so early because it started to get very crowded. The parking lot was completely full when we finished. This is more of a moderate hike and not a hard hike. It took us 2 hours and 20min to finish the whole hike. We hiked into the saddle, took a few pictures and headed down. The views are absolutely stunning this entire hike. Dirt road is about 7 mile and we saw a lot of cars that were easily able to get there. Watch out for the rattle snakes.

hiking
7 months ago

Did this Easter Sunday for the first time. This is a Must Hike if you want to really get into the Supes and see spectacular views. The sight of Weavers as you hit the saddle is breathtaking. Definitely do the extra scramble to the Lone Pine and hang out for a bit and enjoy the view. If you start early in the morning you can have some shade for the first bit of the hike, the rest can be toasty even in Spring so definitely rest and hydrate on the way up, will be some good pockets of shade or outcroppings of rock you can rest under. I would not rate this hard unless you aren't used to desert hiking. I would rate it moderate as there isn't much skill required other than watching where you step and pacing yourself on hotter days.

9 months ago

My favorite desert hike and the view of Weaver's Needle is a perfect reward after a steady climb.

hiking
9 months ago

Great wide / open trail
Somewhat hard due to al steps and loose rocks, but not to difficult for a family hike. Not crowded, but it's also not isolated which is good for your safety. Take advantage of the shaded areas before the ascend, not much shade after mile and half. Watch out for snakes and keep hydrated.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful moderate hike! The views at the top are great!! Bring lots of water and good shoes because there are a lot of loose rocks.

hiking
11 months ago

Great views! There are several trails that lead to the saddle- be sure to prepare properly. I recommend 3L of water and a snack.

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