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Peralta Trail to Fremont Saddle is a 5.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gold Canyon, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.8 mi Elevation gain 1,568 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky No shade
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Andy S
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HikingGreat!

Terrific view at end of the trail. Just an easy one, worth enjoying every part of the hike as you wander into the wild.

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Carol Ernst
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Once you pass the school, the road is no longer paved for 6 miles to trailhead. Surroundings change as you ascend, some shade. Very rocky in places, poles beneficial. Stunning view at the Weaver’s Needle. Wildfire in late May-June burned the top of the mountain and the other side. Grasses already recovering. Stunning views throughout the hike. We didn’t go very far on the other side of WN Bc. Do not miss this one! 10-22-20

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Marcy Lyn
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Erin Riffel
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Nicholas Papaj
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HikingGreat!

Maybe my favorite short hiking trail near Phoenix. Its away from the city in the beautiful Superstition Wilderness. It can be kind of crowded on weekend mornings but then thins out later in the day. Moderately steep and provides and great cardio workout. The view of Weavers Needle at the top is iconic Arizona and the views going down are beautiful as well.

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Kat C
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Awesome hike! We’ll def be back!

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Jeremy Ecton
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Great hike, recorded the experience in 4k. You can view it here for reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3Gl81M5Irc&list=PLmZertFtUJJhyNH3OsKA7GLmt4fB7c8uR&index=19

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Marie Buttafuoco
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Michele Smith
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HikingGreat!Rocky

I am 56, overweight, not very active, not used to the elevation. It is rocky, worth the effort. I did use trekking poles which helped both up and down navigate the rocks. We got on just before sunrise and finished around noon, 95 degrees in mid October. All that said, I was happy to have completed the entire trail. The views were well worth the effort!

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Jackie Thompson
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Rocky. Beauty scenery! A couple of nice shady spots in the first mile

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Bridget Lehmann
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Love it! Favorite trail and perfect weather!

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Katelynn Roberts
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HikingGreat!No shadeRocky

What a great hike! The trail is not damaged from the sawtooth fire. Be sure to bring extra water. There is zero shade when you get closer to the saddle.

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chris bowser
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Trail was fully open and a great view!

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Andrew Shurman
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Michele Owen
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Loved! Huge cacti everywhere, very "Arizona" feel

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Josh Gaddie
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S C
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Arrived at 5am and heard a pack of coyotes in the canyon. Saw two people the entire hike. Highly recommend. It's so beautiful, you could spread your ashes here.

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Ryan Johnston
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Trail is now open

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Patrick Jordan
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I'm feeling a little guilty here. I had no clue that the trail was closed. There were no signs and I even saw people passing me after I passed the horseback riding areas. There was also a truck parked in the lot as I was coming out. This was my first time on this trail and thoroughly enjoyed it. I didn't see any wildlife except for a beautiful rattler that let me know where he was. Very well behaved. I backed off and he went into the brush. No harm/No foul. You didn't see any evidence of the Sawtooth fire until you approached the saddle. Spoiler alert...Tom's Thumb just jumps out at you once you get there. Totally cool. I highly recommend this hike to everybody. It's mellow enough for beginners and if you want to pick up the pace (watch out for snakes) great for veterans.

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Amber Asay
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As of 09/06/20 dirt road is still closed to Peralta and wave cave trail head.

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Chris Farrar
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Johnny V
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Sorry everyone nearly all of Tonto is closed due to extreme fire danger. Hopefully we will soon get some much needed rain!!! Updates available using the link below. https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd759512.pdf

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Cass Romeo
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Amazing trail my absolute favorite in the superstition area. When we got to the saddle we kept going to this overlook at Needle Point and it was amazing. the hike itself was full of shaded area and amazing rock formations toward the top. Even though it was summer we spent more time relaxing and overlooking the beauty of the area than most of our hikes previous.

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Jason Robertson
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Leah Gnitka
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Went to the trailhead this morning (7/3); it is blocked off and closed because of fire damage/danger.

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J McCann
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Even after the sawtooth fire this is still a great hike. Weaver’s Needle didn’t burn away and neither did the ‘lone pine’. Peralta TH is intact, no damage. You won’t see any fire damage until almost two miles into the hike; and then it’s high on the east canyon side. Somewhere between 200-300 yards from Freemont Saddle the fire came down all the way to the trail from the uphill side. Once on Freemont damage from the fire is everywhere with only a few small pockets of green. You can see where the fire swept north through Weaver’s Needle and continued for approx 3/4 of mile beyond. No damage to the trails, yet, they are easy to follow. The trails out to the lone pine are much easier to see. The trail down the north side of the saddle is in great shape for now; parts may wash out during heavy rains. I hiked out to lone pine and then down peralta trail even with the northern most part of the needle. The fire damage appeared to extend somewhere between a half to three quarters of a mile more but there were large patches of green mixed in with damage. Peralta trail is still a great hike, for those who have hiked it before the damage this provides an interesting contrast.

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