Peralta Trail to Fremont Saddle

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Peralta Trail to Fremont Saddle is a 5.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Apache Junction, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,568 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

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bird watching

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hiking
2 days ago

Fantastic scenery. The trail climbs 2.8 miles and 1,400 ft elevation to get to the saddle. We are experienced hikers and It took us about 1 1/2 hours to get there. While the view from the saddle is the advertised draw, we felt the view of the dramatic rock features from the top third of the climb was the highlight. Lots of people, lots of dogs. All good. This was our favorite hike of the trip. Well worth the drive and effort.

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rocky
2 days ago

Amazing hike. Make sure to pack water. I gave most of mine away to people that brought a single clear plastic water bottle.

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7 days ago

Began the hike at 7:30 AM on Jan-15-2020(Wed) and didn't see anyone else on my way up. Decided to hike all the way up to the Weavers Needle. Weaver's Needle Access trail is not very well marked although some kind person had laid out cairns which was very helpful in finding my way. On the way back around noon there were a lot of people going up to the saddle so would definitely recommend you start the trail early in the morning on a weekday.

Had to park in the overflow lot 0.2 miles away. Very nice hike.

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off trail
10 days ago

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rocky
10 days ago

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rocky
12 days ago

Beautiful views, found a great campsite between the saddle and needle. I can’t wait to get back and go further in! The Superstitions are a treasure

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16 days ago

Definate recommend this hike. Longer than most at 5.7 miles round trip but the view of Weavers Needle at the end was so worth it. A couple of places you needed to cross a stream but it was pretty easy with the stepping stones. Lots of rocks that you needed to navigate which slowed us down a bit but nothing to bad. It definitely is a climb but not real hard because your making the climb via switch backs. We took it easy and the hike was five in a half hours in and out.

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16 days ago

It's a pain in the behind to drive to the trailhead if you don't have a truck or SUV. But the hike itself is terrific, as are the views the whole way. I will gladly put up with the off-roading to do this trail again.

hiking
17 days ago

fun Day hike! Half sun, half shade, definitely friendly for animals. There is water in the washes so if you have pets be aware that they might get muddy.

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rocky
17 days ago

A fantastic trail! Just the right time of year to go. There was quite a bit of run off from the mountains which was running through the streams and creeks. A very diverse landscape, different mountain sides all around, and varied shrubbery. When you get to the saddle there is an awesome view of Weavers Needle. The rock formations across from the saddle are a fun playground for the novice rock climber. Where good hiking shoes, slippery when wet.

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rocky
18 days ago

a great hike with amazing views. The recent weather was perfect, I went out just before light and while chilly it was not cold, once the sun came up it was warm. On the back side (West) of the saddle moving towards Weaver's Needle there is ice on the trail as that side has long shadows. the trails is wet in many places with mud but not sinking mud. all the water crossings are easy to get across without getting wet. there is high brush and grass along most of the hike so diverging from the trail you can easily lose the trail but since it is overall a narrow canyon you should be able to connect back up easily. there is plenty of running water is you want to filter your drinking water. The trail was heavily trafficked after about 8am and the trail is narrow, mostly single file. Although moderate there are areas that demand care when stepping. there are slick rock and large boulders throughout. when it gets busy there are rangers at the Trailhead. there is a sign in book at the Trailhead to make sure everyone is accounted for. You will need to drive a few miles on a maintained dirt road that was easy for my little 2 wheel drive car. there were also a couple of washes with water that were easy to navigate and the water was not deep. The parking lot is large but fills up quickly. there are a lot of camping and hiking spots in the area so while it feels remote there are quit a few people in the area.

rocky
18 days ago

great hike

19 days ago

Loved it. After hiking the flat iron two days ago (very tough), this was a nice, easier hike. You crisscross a stream a few times and meander through sun and shade as you gradually climb in elevation. Beautiful view from the top.

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19 days ago

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19 days ago

Great trail. Moderate crowds on New Years. Lots of water. Very fun

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20 days ago

Fantastic hike! Great workout for sure. It’s been raining recently so I had to cross 7-8 streams along the way but they are easy to cross by hopping from rock to rock. I didn’t take the trail listed here beyond the initial view of Weaver’s Needle. I took a trail to the right and hiked over to the tree. Excellent views and very peaceful there.

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rocky
20 days ago

A nice trail that’s navigable in the dry months. In the wetter months, be prepared for mud and washed trail from intermittent streams. Very enjoyable and scenic nonetheless

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21 days ago

Started around 11am. The closest parking lot was full, the next available was pretty close. Absolutely one of the best trails in Phx area. There were few water crossings due to rain (nothing too big, able to hop from rock to rock).

Amazing Trail. Don’t worry about the signs when you turn down Peralta Rd that say you need a land use permit, you don’t need one for this hike. We talked to the forest service at the trailhead and they confirmed. Pit toilets at the trailhead. The Fremont Saddle is exactly 2.4 miles from the trailhead on Peralta Canyon Trail. The AllTrails route takes you another half a mile down into the canyon for a closer look. Really nice half day hike, I clocked 6 miles in 4 hours with frequent stops for photos and a 30 minute rest at the end point of this route (before turning around to hike back). As other hikers have stated, the ascent didn’t feel too rigorous, though there were at least 7 water crossings along the way. Fantastic hike, you will not be disappointed!

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