I can’t help but enjoy the great outdoors this time of year, especially knowing everyone else is getting hammered with snow, ice and more snow. Last winter my friends and I explored some new trails, one in particular is really worth sharing.
Pull up the socks and tie the bandana, because Peralta Trail‘s a good one.
Off the spring-training-beaten-path, Peralta Trail’s about a 45-minute drive East of Phoenix near Gold Canyon. The Superstition Mountains are the red mountain range dotting the eastern valley’s horizon with it’s ridged peaks and plethora of outdoor trails. Although Peralta is mostly for hiking, there are plenty of other things to do in the area including golf and ghost town exploration.
One of my favorite trails around, Peralta has spectacular views. It’s a bit of a huffer-and-puffer trail, including a little climbing and sliding. While it starts of relatively flat and shaded as you enter the canyon, keep in mind once you’re to the rock wall, it’s a steep journey to the top. There’s also some room to go off the beaten track a bit if you’re into that.
The road to the trailhead is a long dirt and gravel road, just to keep in mind. Make sure to bring lots of water and, if possible, try to begin hiking early in the morning.
The trail is long and the days are warm. A great trail to do with some friends.
Probably leave your dog at home.