Weaver's Needle and Fremont Saddle via Peralta Canyon Trail [CLOSED]

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Superstition Wilderness

Weaver's Needle and Fremont Saddle via Peralta Canyon Trail is a 7.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gold Canyon, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from September until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 7.7 miles Elevation Gain: 2,588 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

over grown

rocky

scramble

closed

This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options.

hiking
22 days ago

Great trail. It was full of gorgeous views and had diverse plants and wildlife. This trail was easy on some parts but personally I would rate it between hard and moderate if that was possible, it is a long trail and I checked my health app afterwards and it said that during the trail by the end I had climbed 91 floors. However, the end of the day this trail was one of my favorites and was worth it by far. I would recommend bringing insect repellent because the trail does have a lot of flies towards the beginning. Also this trail has lots of shaded area and places to stop and rest which was nice.

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off trail
over grown
scramble
27 days ago

Would not recommend cut across trail, especially alone.Very scrambled and not well marked. Although, beautiful views and wonderful area.

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bugs
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over grown
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike. Takes about 1.5 hours up and same down. Casual hike besides length. Amazing photo opportunities. Bathroom at base. Plan several extra hours. Base is 30 minutes east of 202 of the 60. Peralta rd and another 15 from there on dirt roads. Trail marked well. At the top there is a large rock formation you need to go around to left to get to the view you are really looking for of Weavers Needle.

1 month ago

Great hike, beautiful views of Weavers needle!

Beautiful. Long rocky elevation climb followed by more rocks and more climbing. Fairly busy trail. Lots of dogs. 20-30 minute drive in on a well maintained dirt road with a few rocky shallow creek crossings. Any type of vehicle can drive it, but if you have a 4x4 you might as well take it. Moderately difficult hiking trail. Trip is worth the effort

closed
2 months ago

beautiful hike. breathtaking views. the springs were flowing enough to have to cross on rocks. it was magical in places. hiked it 2 weeks ago but got dark before we made it to the top. came back today to finish what we started and its closed off due to covid19. road closed at 2nd cattle guard- immediately after lost goldmine parking lot. don't know why- seems odd, and very disappointing- after next week will be in 80s which is when we call it quits till fall. May never again see the spectacular sights this years wet spring weather provided.

Beautiful views! Heavily trafficked up to the first peak. Very rocky throughout.

Super busy on the Sunday we went. But fun, and challenging.

hiking
2 months ago

This is an absolutely beautiful hike. Not too challenging but not exactly an easy walk either. Gorgeous views everywhere you look.

This is a great trail and very manageable for an experienced hiker. It is rocky in some parts but does not really require hands and legs except for the last part of the bypass that connects with peralta. Never felt unsafe though. Best done CCW starting on bluff springs, otherwise bypass will be hard to navigate the first .2 miles. Otherwise the bypass is a narrow dirt path that turns to rock and is easy to follow with cairns until almost the end when it seems you hit a dead end enclosed in rocks. There is an opening straight ahead and once you peek through you can clearly see it’s the way. Coming off the peralta trail trying to find it would be hard. Very very beautiful and bypass trail brings you very close to weavers needle. One of my favorites mainly because bypass is cool and bluff springs is a workout. Peralta is more crowded and more loose rock, but again, very manageable.

hiking
4 months ago

Parking lots were full for this trail when we did this on Saturday, 1/18/2020. We drove to the parking lot in a mini van without any issues. It was definitely busy up to Fremont Saddle but beyond that, it thins out. We went as far as we could up Weaver's Needle before we would need climbing gear. We aren't sure if the views were much better going up all the way compared to lower elevation. There are cairns marking the path, but they aren't always obvious. There are areas with loose rock and gravel but nothing too concerning. We had thought about doing the loop back to the parking lot but decided not to. We never did see the path off that way.

Loved the trail until we got to the last section to go up to the needle. Although cairns are plentiful, there were some rogue cairns. Follow the trail using the app! I probably wouldn’t want to go all the way to the needle again, but peralta trail was as always amazing

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike with beautiful views.

Great hike, took crosscut trail East to west. Not as hard to follow as I thought. About 4 1/2 hours.

hiking
4 months ago

A nice, moderate level hike.

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bugs
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over grown
rocky
scramble
5 months ago

The trail to the saddle was AWESOME! Once you head down the other side towards weavers needle it gets really muddy. The trail up weavers needle is pretty difficult to find without this app. Also, gps signal gets a little wonky the closer you get to the needle. Our gps kept going back and forth. The trail up to the needle is extremely difficult to follow As there is overgrown brush. All in all, I will most certainly be doing this hike again.

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