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Peralta Trail and Weaver's Needle

The Peralta Trail is located in the Superstition Mountains just East of Phoenix, Arizona near Apache Junction. The Wilderness Area, established as a Primitive Area in 1939, became an official Wilderness Area in 1964. It is a tortured and rugged landscape, comprising 160,000 acres, with elevations ranging from 2000 to 6265 feet. Near Weaver's Needle, there is evidence of a large, collapsed caldera in a vast volcanic field with a magma plug rising to 4553 feet from the canyon floor. It is a popular site for climbers, hikers and rock hounds from everywhere in the world. These photos are of the Peralta Trail to Freemont Saddle, with a side hike to the Lone Pine overlook and through the hoodoos to the Southwest of the needle. Total hiking time was 5 hours, including many stops for exploring rocks, caves and sights. Trail length round trip was 6 miles.
Parking at the Trailhead
Parking at the Trailhead
Beginning of Peralta and Dutchman Trails
Beginning of Peralta and Dutchman Trails
Entering the Superstition Wilderness Area
Entering the Superstition Wilderness Area
Beginning of the Peralta Trail
Beginning of the Peralta Trail
The Peralta Trail Follows the Wash
The Peralta Trail Follows the Wash
Hoodoos
Hoodoos
Upper Plateau
Upper Plateau
First Glimpse of Weaver's Needle
First Glimpse of Weaver's Needle
Victor Overlooking the Canyon Floor
Victor Overlooking the Canyon Floor
Weaver's Needle
Weaver's Needle
Balancing Rock
Balancing Rock
East of Weaver's Needle
East of Weaver's Needle
Victor on the Trail
Victor on the Trail
Weaver's Needle
Weaver's Needle
Lava Bands
Lava Bands
Century Plant Toppled Over
Century Plant Toppled Over
Weaver's Needle
Weaver's Needle
Victor at Lone Pine Overlook
Victor at Lone Pine Overlook
Weaver's Needle from Lone Pine Overlook
Weaver's Needle from Lone Pine Overlook
Century Plant
Century Plant
Heading Back
Heading Back
Multi Colored Cliffs
Multi Colored Cliffs
Boulder Garden
Boulder Garden
Looking North on the Peralta Trail
Looking North on the Peralta Trail
Hoodoo Cliffs
Hoodoo Cliffs
Eye of the Needle
Eye of the Needle
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Russell Gates Dwarfed by the Hoodoos
Looking Down to Freemont's Saddle
Looking Down to Freemont's Saddle
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Hoodoo Forest
Hoodoo Forest
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