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Peralta to Fremont Saddle, AZ
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Difficulty 3 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 4.9 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,400 feet
Elevation Gain 1,380 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,440 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 3.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 12.1
Author joebartels
Descriptions 209
Routes 741
Photos 9,410
Trips 3,464 map ( 17,978 miles )
Age 47
Location Phoenix, AZ
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20  2017-04-09
Peralta - Robbers Roost - Cave Trail
adilling
22  2017-03-26 cw50must
7  2017-02-26
Cave Trail #233
KBKB
4  2017-02-14
Peralta - Cave Trail Loop
hikingaz2
3  2017-02-14 rayhuston
27  2017-02-04 adilling
20  2017-01-23
Cave Trail #233
Vashti
8  2017-01-21
Peralta - Cave loop
lindaagm
4  2017-01-21 RickVincent
2  2017-01-06 jtaylor
10  2016-12-28 Tortoise_Hiker
23  2016-12-18
Wicked Wall Spire
rayhuston
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Map - Beartooth Superstition Wilderness
Forest Tonto
Wilderness Superstition
Backpack   Possible & Connecting
Preferred   Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov → 7 AM
Seasons   Autumn to Early Spring
Sun  5:19am - 7:26pm
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Barks Canyon - Complete Route
same trailhead
6.0 mi
2,500 ft
Barks Lower Canyon Loop
same trailhead
4.0 mi
900 ft
Barks Upper Canyon Loop
same trailhead
1.1 mi
885 ft
Bluff Spring Loop & Weaver's View
same trailhead
10.8 mi
2,138 ft
Bluff Spring Mountain Loop
same trailhead
14.8 mi
2,748 ft
Bluff Spring Mountain Summit
same trailhead
8.5 mi
2,609 ft
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by joebartels

Fremont Saddle is a popular destination in the Superstition Wilderness. Several times I read about this trail and it never really appealed to me. My first visit through the area changed my mind. The parking area is huge. A backup lot is available if it gets full. Large groups are common on this trail so forget about solitude.

From the trailhead you start off in lush desert foliage. This is also the trailhead for Bluff Springs, the Cave Trail and the Dutchman's Trail. During peak season, forest rangers greet you at the trailhead. Usually a hello and a reminder to pack out everything you pack in. Pay attention to the signs within the first few paces. Hang a left and you'll be okay. The lower sections of the trail cross a wash several times. The tree covered washes offer unexpected shade in the bold and fiery wilderness. It's a shame the shade comes before you work up a sweat. Vegetation thins out midway through the hike. Near the end, Fremont Saddle, the trail becomes bare rock. Once you reach the saddle Weavers Needle comes into view. The view of the needle from here is awesome. I recommend heading out on the Weavers Needle Overlook Ridge. It's a short scramble adding 30-40 minutes. From the end of the ridge you get an even better view of the needle. You can look down on the labyrinth of spires guarding Weavers Needle. Enjoy the view and return by the same route. A popular alternative is to take the Cave Trail back to the parking area.

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To Peralta Trailhead
7.6 miles east of the junction Idaho Rd / US-60. Turn Left on to FS77 which is Peralta Road. Follow FS77 5.6 miles to a left and up turnoff. Continue 1.9 miles to Peralta Trailhead.

The trailhead has restrooms minus running water. The parking lot is huge. It does fill up in season on weekends. Since there are no lines the rangers ask that you park straight between the posts in the main lot. Please do your part with this simple request and make room for the next guy. 0.5 miles before reaching the trailhead is an overflow lot which is also suited for horse trailer parking.

From PHX (Jct I-10 & AZ-51) 45.2 mi - about 1 hour 8 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 97.0 mi - about 2 hours 16 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 192 mi - about 3 hours 15 mins
90+° 8am - 6pm kills
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