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Phoenix, AZ: Geronimo Cave via Peralta Trail

Stunning views of Weavers Needle and a fun, route-finding slickrock descent make this 4.6-mile Superstition Wilderness loop a Phoenix favorite.

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This rugged loop in the Superstition Wilderness follows the Peralta Trail as it climbs 1,400 feet through several washes and some of Phoenix’s best hoodoo viewing. The climb mellows at Freemont Saddle where spectacular views of Weavers Needle await. The prominent stone pillar, just 1.2 miles north, is a popular climbing destination and one of the Superstition Mountains’ most recognized features.
The popular Peralta Trail is crowded with weekend warriors, but this route continues east from Freemont Saddle and turns south on a less-traveled and sometimes hard-to-follow path up a short climb toward Geronimo Cave at mile 3. Route-finding skills and sticky shoes are necessary for the Cave Trail where you’ll descend steep, solid slickrock that mingles with towering stone spires—watch for “the bathtub” and Squirrel Rock, prominent trail-marking features. The descent continues toward the Bluff Trail junction, an easy 0.7 miles from the trailhead.
-Mapped by Rich Rudow

To Trailhead

Take US 60 E about 1.5 miles past Gold Camp. Turn left on Peralta Rd. (becomes a dirt road). Stay on the main road, bypassing several small turnoffs before crossing a major wash 4.9 miles from the highway. Turn left at a signed Y-junction and continue 1.5 miles to the Peralta Trailhead.

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