Superstition Mountains, Peralta Trail and Weaver’s Needle

This was a family outing from about 20 years ago. I just found the photos all taken with my 35mm Pentax K 1000. I have had this camera for over 30 years and am still using it.

Our hike took us through the Peralta Canyon which is on the northeast side of Superstition Mountain range. The trail is appropriately called Peralta Trail which leads to Freemont Saddle. Once through the saddle, there is a very picturesque view of Weaver's Needle.

My two daughers, Kathy at the top and Suzy below, at Freemont Saddle. On the other side is the magestic view of Weaver's Needle.

Wikipedia says “Weaver's Needle is a thousand foot high column of rock that forms a distinctive peak visible for many miles around. Located in the Superstition Mountains east of Phoenix, Arizona, Weaver's Needle was created when a thick layer of tuff (fused volcanic ash) was heavily eroded, creating the spire as an erosional remnant with a summit elevation of 4553 ft.

Weaver's Needle after going through Freemont Saddle

“Weaver's Needle has played a significant role in the stories of the Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine. The Needle's shadow reportedly indicates the location of a rich vein of gold, and many treasure hunters have searched for it. The hunt for gold around Weaver's Needle has been pursued by hundreds (possibly thousands) of people and the area is packed with prospect holes and abandoned camp sites, spent cartridge shells, and possibly missing persons.”

This rock formation looks like a PacMan.

Rather ominous looking aren't they?

One of the many odd rock formations in the Superstitions. I don't know if it has an official name but I call it The Great Ape.

A nice comfortable spot for lunch.

Pretty vegetation along the stream. Seems strange to see this amongst all the rocks and cactus.

All along the rocky path, I managed to spot the tiniest little blue flowers.

On the way back, my little nephew got tired so his dad carried him.

The Superstition Mountain Wilderness Area contains approximately 160,200 acres of very rugged mountainous areas. Some areas are very inhospitable. The trails are marked but are sometimes poor and very rocky or almost inaccessible to the inexperienced hiker. Go off trail and you may get lost forever….seriously.

About pam

I am retired from real 9 to 5 jobs. I do my artwork and occasionally write poetry. In September 2010, I moved to Fargo, ND after spending 60 years in Phoenix, Arizona. Now, five years later, July 2015, I'm back in Arizona. And yes, I love the heat!
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124 Responses to Superstition Mountains, Peralta Trail and Weaver’s Needle

  1. FirestarXXX says:

    where so you live.

  2. FirestarXXX says:

    but right now i'm at orange beach alabama

  3. derWandersmann says:

    Yeah, Pam, but 'Bama gots humidity like you wouldn't believe.

  4. FirestarXXX says:

    yup 😎 did you see the condo, "Romar Place?" its at orange beach.

  5. PainterWoman says:

    Firestar: I'm in Phoenix, Arizona. I looked up Orange Beach and it looks like a nice cool place that many Arizonans would like to visit.dW: I wonder if the humidity is anything like what I experienced in Vietnam.

  6. PainterWoman says:

    Nope, missed the name. I'll have to look again.

  7. PainterWoman says:

    Remember, I don't believe that about the Mayan Calendar.

  8. derWandersmann says:

    I understand that the modern Mayans don't, either.

  9. derWandersmann says:

    The ones with peanuts or almonds are the threat; they are non-m&ms, masquerading as real m&ms … the only TRUE m&ms are the chonklit ones.

  10. daxonmacs says:

    I think global M&M's are a serious threat.

  11. PainterWoman says:

    Plain or with peanuts or almonds?

  12. FirestarXXX says:


  13. PainterWoman says:

    Don't you just love those NASA photos Firestar? I think they are amazing.

  14. Olgita says:

    PAm, this is such nice memory and pictures!!!! :happy:I wish to go to the mountains trip one day!

  15. PainterWoman says:

    Thank you Olga. I think mountains are extraordinary. I live very close to a small one that I can see from my yard. There are hiking trails all throughout. I need to get on those trails and do some more picture taking.

  16. PainterWoman says:

    I don't know the names of all the things but it looks like a ring around a star. And there's another star in the distance.

  17. PainterWoman says:

    Yes, I knew what it was. I think it's quite beautiful. I often go to the Hubble site to see the picture of the day.

  18. FirestarXXX says:

    its a SUPERNOVA. way stronger than a solar flare. it destroys EVERTHING.

  19. FirestarXXX says:

    you DO know what is in that picture? :confused: its a solar flare :p WATCH OUT RUN

  20. FirestarXXX says:

    you know what THIS is, right?

  21. anonymous says:

    Robert Ross writes:I hiked this trail during the day in the summer. Definitely make sure you are hydrated. It's a very scenic trail and not a difficult hike.Just a little additional tidbit is the fact that at the Peralta trailhead (the parking area) is some of the most spectacular star gazing you can encounter this close to a metropolitan area. The Superstitions are between you and the entire metro area, effectively blocking 90% of the light pollution you would encounter were the mountain not there. I dare say that it is the only place in the valley where star gazing is actually possible. The last time I was there at night was to observe the Hale Bopp comet. It was spectacular. I only hope that the increase in population hasn't created enough pollution to diminish the experience of watching the stars from Peralta Trailhead. To anyone who might read this, I can only say that if you drive all the way to the trailhead parking lot at night you will thank me for the suggestion and the beauty you shall behold. Have fun and be safe. PS. Stay off the trail at night due to the abundance of Diamondbacks that reside there. The lot is perfectly safe.

  22. PainterWoman says:

    Robert: Thanks for your visit and comment. Staying hydrated while hiking in Arizona is life saving advice. Just spending an hour mowing my front and back yards gets to me during the summer months. Now that I'm older, the heat gets to me sooner.Thanks too for the heads up to visit the Peralta Trailhead parking lot at night to see the stars. A great idea. I should do that before I leave this state. I'm moving to North Dakota where one of my daughters lives. She made me a grandma in March.If you do a lot of hiking in Arizona and take photos, you should download Opera and join our community. It is a very nice one and I'm sure everyone would enjoy your photos. It's a very friendly place.

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