Peralta Trail

Apache Junction, AZ
Length: 5.10 mi.
Type: Out & Back

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Peralta trail is rated moderate and may be more appropriate for bigger kids or little ones being carried, however it does make for an interesting hike even if you don’t reach the end. The trail passes through a number of tree covered washes in the beginning and the elevation gain is mostly gradual, becoming steeper towards the top as you near the sandstone spires along the top of the ridge. There are lots of boulders along the way, which are great for older kids to climb on. As the trail continues to climb, look back at various points for always stunning views! The best view is from the top – and a popular spot for photos – with Weaver’s Needle rising from the canyon below. This a moderate, but stunning hike.

It can be quite windy at the top so be prepared if hiking in colder weather. It is also a popular trail so keep in mind there may be a lot of other hikers on the trail as well.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, and Winter
Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 1,571 ft.
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Rockclimbing, Shaded Hike, Viewpoint, and Wildlife Viewing

There is a wonderful view of Weaver’s Needle at the end.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

No fee. There is a dirt lot with pit toilets at the trailhead (follow the signs). If this lot is full its possible to backtrack to a couple other dirt lots down the road and walk up to the trailhead.

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Trail Map

Getting There

Take US 60 south from Apache Junction past Gold Canyon. Turn left on Peralta Rd. The last few miles is on dirt road.