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hiking
3 days ago

Fun trail with great views and the cave is awesome! Steep towards the top and a few spots to climb over some rocks - which makes it fun!

hiking
3 days ago

No waterfall.

Fun trail with a great view at the end

This trail is absolutely stunning! I couldn't stop looking around in awe. There are a few things that I would caution future hikers about: going counter clockwise, you start on Dutchman's but then after you cross a creek and see a sign for trail 235 (bluff springs?), you take that left, don't continue on Dutchman's.

Also both my my and my husband's phones read 12 miles when we finished (12.5 if you count our wrong turn) and going at a moderate pace it took 6.5 hours. Even on a relatively cool day (90 degrees as the high) with a steady breeze, we still ran out of water with about 20 minutes left, even after rationing while we hiked. We only saw one other couple the ENTIRE route, so getting hurt or running out of water would be very dangerous.

All that to say, as rough as we felt when we finished (we're used to 1-3 hour hikes) we still want to go again in the fall. It seriously was one of the most beautiful hikes!

Great hike. A ton of fun and a great view. Harder towards the top.

hiking
11 days ago

Very beautiful trail but bring lots of water. Views are amazing.

hiking
11 days ago

It’s a great hike. It gets steep near the top and you really need proper hiking shoes or trail running shoes with really good grip. I saw several people fall over. I found it harder going down - loose rock etc. It took as 1.20hr going up and we are of average fitness. People had their dogs.

hiking
13 days ago

It’s a pretty Trail. The only downside was there were tons and tons of bees by the purple trees but we didn’t get stung lol we just ran right underneath each one. We also went right before sunset so not sure if it’s the time of day we chose to go because there were lots of nats also. The hieroglyphics at the end of the trail were cool and we did a little climbing up the stream since it was dry. It was totally worth it though to watch the sunset from up there!! Amazing amazing amazing view! Was a little nervous walking back in the dark but saw some deer, nothing scary haha.Definitely want to check out lost gold mine trail also which starts at the same trailhead. The backstory behind that was interesting.

hiking
14 days ago

This is a great hike. Starts easy but gets really steep towards the top. I had to take several brakes close to the top. Once you get in the cave, it is all worth it. It is a lot cooler and worth the view. A fun hike!

hiking
17 days ago

Made the mistake of going when it was 100 degrees out. There’s no shade until you get to the cave. The last part of the hike is pretty steep. Had to get on all 4s to get down some of the boulders and did slip a couple times. The wave was pretty cool and we had fun taking pictures. Would only recommend going when it’s cooler outside. I didn’t find the trail difficult to follow at all.

hiking
18 days ago

It's pretty busy with lots of hikers off all ages and capacities. It's also a bit of a rocky path so with lots of folks there, you may have to take the rockier side of the path.

19 days ago

Really nice views towards the top of this trail, the beginning is a little bit boring but it’s worth the work to get to the top! I did this trail today and it was 104° and quite hot! I just went slow and took many water breaks and it was actually quite lovely at the top. I think it was a little bit cooler up there. Highlight was seeing that Weavers needle just over the edge.

hiking
21 days ago

This was a beautiful, easy jaunt through the desert with lots of great views and very mild elevation gain. There's plenty of parking and the trail is well-marked the whole way. The petroglyphs at the end were really cool to see, as well!

One of my favorite spots! True there can be a lot of people up to Humphrey’s saddle- but every time I go up and over I can spend most of the day with out seeing another person. You can’t go wrong with peralta either way- some of the best views around

Hiked up to Fremont Saddle with my wife to get the awesome view of Weavers Needle. Started out about 7:30 am to beat the heat and other hikers. Had the whole view up at the top to ourselves for about a half hr. Made our way back down about 9:30 and met the flood of other hikers making their way up. Very nice moderate hike. Path is wide open and easy to maneuver.

hiking
22 days ago

We loved this hike. I took my 8 year old. I would recommend a hiking shoe as there is some loose rock and the end of the trail and it gets steep. At the end.It is worth the beautiful view and the cave was bigger than I expected.

This hike was great. The views were amazing! The petroglyphs on the rocks were very interesting. No water falls this time!

cool little hike with a sweet swell at the end

Very beautiful hike, view at the top is breathtaking if you enjoy the lovely desert! Also some shade along the hike. Very nice when it's hot outside.

Peralta trail offers two paths to hike. The one to the left offers a trip to the wave cave. The hike to the right takes you to petroglyphs with water runoff from winter snow melts that taste exquisitely smooth like snow.

Really awesome climb with a rewarding view. Saw some mountain goats as well!! lol

hiking
25 days ago

Great hike, lots of shade at the top. Trail was a little hard to follow at the base but got way better. My golden retriever loved the shade and sand to play in at the cave.

loved! hoping this stays a secret, not many ppl on the trail. A little hard to navigate and long but worth it if you're looking to get away from all the noise of civilization =)

Nice hike good views

Totally worth the hike. Things to know: there is absolutely no shade the whole way up, but there is plenty at the top. The trail is easy to follow if you go straight through the fence and follow the trail (if it forks, don't follow the path that has rocks blocking the way on the ground). Of course, bring a lot of water.

I consider this a Hard hike. The trail is easy until the Petroglyphs which is the end of the Hieroglyphics trail. There are two ways to go from there, left will take you boulder hopping and right to a faint trail. Both ways have cairns but I prefer the faint trail to the right. The rest of the way is hard. My favorite view is reaching the saddle that meets the Superstition Ridgeline trail. From there follow cairns southeast passing the summit area and turn back around to reach the summit. Took us 7 hours, including approx. 30 mins rest and picture time at the summit.

Loved this hike, especially the last ¼, super beautiful and unique terrain!

Bring plenty of water, and even more in your 4x4. Start early as it's an all day affair, and bring friends!

hiking
1 month ago

Love this beautiful hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Great little hike with kids. Was not crowded and nice views.

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